I have been re-watching the previous seasons trying to decide whether or not to purchase Season 7. My concern is that, apparently, Hope Valley is where personalities go to die. What happened to Florence? She was a feisty and down-to-earth, salt of the earth type character. "You need to get back on the stagecoach and go back to Latin or wherever it is you came from!" But now she's a hand clasping, tight mouthed, prissy little conformist that has absolutely nothing to do except for complain and meddle in other people's affairs. And Rosemary! I get it. She needed to tone down a little bit. She is a wife now and she has matured. She's become more loving and generous and a much better friend. But she is the one who rode into town, climbed up on the stage coach and got her own luggage for goodness sake! She was a juggling, horse jumping, pistol shooting, piano playing, songstress and glamorous actress. Did she have to lose herself completely and become so predictable and uninteresting? This show is very contradictory. It preaches the message of girls can do anything that boys can do. (Canned and unbalanced.) But then it systematically dulls and dumbs down its female characters into love sick, cow towing, accommodating, cooking, catering, sewing, party planning, look alikes! And Abigail! I really never got why she became such a cheerleader for Gowan, the man she said killed her husband, her son, and 45 other miners. I understand forgiveness, but she became his advocate! Confusing. This show is all over the place. Interesting characters disappear. Parents disappear or stop parenting. Children vanish. Story lines are dropped. Why does Molly not seem to have a daughter anymore since Season 1? You never see them together. Weird.
WCTH is soo White. Over four decades ago, Little House on the Prairie introduced Native American, Black and Asian characters in it's early seasons. This is 2020! WCTH is in Season 7 and not one story line has been about characters that are not White. Is this progress? It is not even historically accurate or realistic.
(The actors are great!)
It would seem that the writers and producers envision a world where pioneer women look like Barbie Dolls and behave like Stepford Wives, and plain looking non-Whites stay in the background and out of the affairs of the real or important townspeople.
Really I gave up after weak, amateurish Season 6. Season 1 was the peak. It's been downhill since. This show has its moments, but in its essence it is just not what I was looking or hoping for. I won't waste any more money.