Ray Donovan is Perfect in Every Way

About 5 million people watch Ray Donovan from week to week. This is written for those of us who watch it and who love it.

The last installment of the season of Ray Donovan was superb.

No explanation is necessary about who Ray is or what the series is about.

If you are among that number who await this bit of brilliance from week to week, then you know what I mean when I write that watching this last installment was a memorable moment not just for the series, which is memorable, but for all of us trying to be inspired by great work rocking our lives.

The writing, the dialogue, the serendipitous story line, everyone true to themselves and never bending from the steel fisted imperatives of human nature gives this television moment from week to week gravitas quite unlike anything else.

The ending, however, featuring David Bowie’s Rock n Roll Suicide playing for the four minute finale which finds Ray following the apparition of his dead wife and then her jumping from the top of a tall building and he following her, taking a leap from where she stood and floating down to his death.

Exquisite drama and inspiring art at the same time in every way.

Bowie’s fabulous rendition of the song is riveting as the storyline comes to its inevitable finish.

As Bowie’s song comes to its climactic, gorgeous, brilliant end, after heading to eternity for 20 stories Ray hits the water below and drifts downward, as if finally slipping away to peace.

His death, the release from his suffering in life, is both catharsis and submission to his pain at the same time.

Ray Donovan is about bleakness and beauty.

It is about violence and insanity.

Above all it is about the complexity of family and the inability of families to just get along.

The Donovans are Irish. They love madly. They hate madly. They fight all the time. They are dysfunctional in nearly every way. They’ve all been abused in one way or another.

But they are all victims of love.

This last installment finds the story coming together – or is it falling apart forever?

Hard to say.

Bowie’s song dominates and inspires at the end of the final show. His brilliance is brought to life as the ending for Ray Donovan for 2017. The voice of Bowie grows louder and more intense, more brilliant and brilliant, more compelling and more extraordinary, more melodic and inspiring as the series this year came to its end.

It was this year’s most exquisite moment on television for my money.

When Ray jumped to follow his wife to eternity Bowie’s voice reached its crescendo.

“You’re not alone,” Bowie is screaming as Ray jumps.

“You’re not alone. You’re not alone,” Bowie sings over and over – as Ray floats downward, the musician performing at the height of his creative power.

Absolutely unbelievable.

Here’s the words – and I’d suggest you go to You Tube and give it another play.

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
Ohh how how how, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll suicide

You’re too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clocks waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe but you don’t eat when you’ve lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll suicide

Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead so you hurry home
Don’t let the sun blast your shadow
Don’t let the milk float ride your mind
You’re so natural – religiously unkind

Oh no love! you’re not alone
You’re watching yourself but you’re too unfair
You got your head all tangled up but if i could only
Make you care
Oh no love! you’re not alone
No matter what or who you’ve been
No matter when or where you’ve seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I’ve had my share, I’ll help you with the pain
You’re not alone

Just turn on with me and you’re not alone
Let’s turn on with me and you’re not alone (wonderful)
Let’s turn on and be not alone (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you’re wonderful (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you’re wonderful (wonderful)
Oh gimme your hands.

Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.

 

1 Comment

  1. The article was so brilliantly written. It gave such insight into what Ray was/is feeling. I just didn’the feel like Ray could take his life. Was he that haunted & tortured by the past. Thank you, the article gave me much to consider. ✔✔✔

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