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Episode reviews for Episode 10.08 - Rooms With A View (2)

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.9%
Number of Reviews: 17

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Rooms with a View, Nov 05, 2006

Reviewer: Amy from Wiltshire, UK

I watched this episode earlier today on Paramount and found it really good. It was probably one of the most moving, emotional episodes of Frasier that I've seen. It was hard to get used to the fact that you knew this wasn't going to be a funny epiosde because of the whole storyline but it was still a good episode even so.

Rating: 95%


Had me hooked..., Aug 03, 2006

Reviewer: Anonymous from NJ, USA

I really enjoyed this particular episode. I couldnt walk away for a second because I didnt want to miss a thing. I loved it & it really made me think.

Rating: 100%


a moving story, May 31, 2006

Reviewer: Rachel from Bristol, uk

Frasier is always witty and funny, but this episode was wonderfully moving too. It shows how we are all linked to our pasts, and how they are a part of who we will become. Daphne's outburst was excellent - just how I imagine I'd be in the same situation.

Rating: 97%


Innovative, effective, deeply loving, Apr 22, 2006

Reviewer: Dan from Boulder CO

Maybe I am biased because this was one of the episodes that made me sit up and pay attention to Frasier. I had seen 2 or three episodes, channel-surfing, and found them of some passing interest, but this one gave me a feel for the ensemble, and I really was moved by the various room scenes wherein the various past events were shown almost as memories of the building itself. It gave me some history of the characters.

Not long after I started the DVDs from the beginning. I still consider this one especially moving. Some comedies have no real drama, and some comedians and writers cannot to do drama or poignancy well, or choose not to do it at all. I have great admiration for aritists who can do both well and it seems to be a rare gift. Frasier, though not always successful in drama, could often be very moving. If that quality appeals to you, you should enjoy this one.

After seeing the entire series (a friend recorded the entire series, so I have seen the currently unreleased seasons), I still consider this to be among the best.

Frasier has always use drama to deepen the humor. It also adds an element of surprise - one is not always sure whether a scene, or, for that matter, an entire episode, will go one way or the other, or both. Not to go overboard in comparisons, but Shakespeare showed that interaction throughout his work, as did Dickens and many other of the greats. It seems to require special talent and intelligence.

The best Frasier episodes elevate to the level of good theater. This is one of them, limited as it may be in mood - very little television, or even theater, is as moving as this. You absolutely care deeply about every one of this incredible cast, and I felt that way even the first time I saw it, long before I had developed knowledge and extended exposure to them. Jane Leeves stands out - she plays it just right - she was so convincing so much of the time. Ah Jane, marry me!

Rating: 93%


A fantastic episode (for season 10 ), Dec 23, 2005

Reviewer: roz11 from London

There is no doubt that seasons 8,9 & 10 are very disappointing compared to the first seven seasons but this episode is what makes me remember why I first started watching Frasier. The writing is very clever. Of coure the episode may not sound funny,I mean Niles having heart surgery never would be but there are some hilarious flashbacks in this episode of Niles & Frasier as young children at the hospital.The episode also has some very emotional flashbacks where Martin discovers that his wife (Hester) is going to die.Overall this is a good episode but only really because so many in the later seasons are weak.

Rating: 81%


ROOMS WITH A VIEW, Nov 11, 2005

Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK

After the cliffhanger established by the ending of the first part, the story continues and now Niles heart problem is addressed head on in the second episode of this three-part story arc. Although ‘Rooms with a View’ follows on from ‘Bristle While You Work’, the two episodes could not have been more different in my opinion. Whereas in the former episode, Niles problem was tackled in a very humorous and coincidental manner, this episode changes direction and the plot, tone, performances and setting are rather more serious, bleak and dramatic, as the Crane family and Roz gather around Niles hospital bed to wish him well during surgery. To be honest, I wasn’t really that keen on this episode, because I came away with goose bumps and feeling rather morbid; I don’t have a problem with emotional drama, but due to the fact that Frasier is a comedy series, I thought this show could have done with some more comedy in order to balance the very grim atmosphere to this episode. However, I have to give the principal artists credit for maintaining believable and rather moving performances throughout this episode; and for once I was mostly impressed with Jane Leeves’ portrayal of Daphne as she broke down over her husband’s operation.

I thought the opening scene where Niles was lying in the hospital bed surrounded by his family attempted to juggle comedy and drama together, but unfortunately the scene didn’t really work and for me, failed on both counts. Frasier’s petty squabbles with the doctor felt somewhat contrived in places, although I did like Mrs Moon’s get well card to Niles ‘…I know we haven’t always gotten along’. In fact the whole sequence felt very, very slow and didn’t really flow very well, and at times I wasn’t sure if the writer’s intentions were for this episode to be dramatic or funny. However this episode did recover some pace when Niles was carted off to surgery, and everybody gathered around in the waiting room to know the results of his operation.

Again I felt the second half had a huge potential, but felt that, although superior to the first half that this episode didn’t make the most of its premise. The idea of employing flashbacks as each individual character underwent very personal recollections and memories was a great idea, but I didn’t feel it worked as well as it could have because the flashbacks were far too short to create either dramatic or comedic effect, and there was no way that the viewer could get absorbed into the plot or empathise with the characters. Although I found a young Frasier’s first words to baby Niles funny ‘I don’t like him’ the rest of the flashbacks were definitely too short to create any impact, and it’s a shame that such an original device (each room in the hospital bringing back a memory from their past) was wasted. I found it rather sad and upsetting how Martin had a vision of his late wife Hester’s scan results; only to discover she’s dying. For some reason this scene made me very uncomfortable, and although it was poignantly powerful in places, and mildly amusing in others, this episode didn’t seem to gel very well for me at all, and felt somewhat empty.

It was a relief for everyone I think then, when Niles surgery goes better than the doctor could ever have expected and this episode concludes nicely I thought. To be honest though, Frasier’s previous attempts at drama such as Moondance, Mixed Doubles and Something Borrowed, Someone Blue have covered and conveyed much more realistic and powerful emotions, and although this episode was successful in essence, I felt it could have been better. In conclusion then I don’t think this is an episode I’ll be watching very often, but it does have its merits and is an episode of Frasier that covers a spectrum of emotions, and proves that Frasier and family aren’t one-dimensional characters, and have lives beyond the television set. I hope that makes sense.

Rating: 72%


'Rooms With A View' review, Oct 05, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

An infamous and somewhat controversial episode with Niles undergoing heart surgery, this is perhaps the most fully drama-based of any 'Frasier' episode and sees an anxious Daphne - along with Frasier, Martin and Roz - waiting for Niles to return from the operating theatre, during which time they all think back to previous big events that have occured in the hospital. Some of these flashbacks are quite amusing such as a young Frasier expressing his instant dislike of the newborn Niles as well as another in which Niles is seen consoling Maris following one of her many plastic surgery treatments, while others - in particular Martin being told that his wife is dying - are genuinely moving. Elsewhere, the mood is occasionally lightened by some humourous moments, most notably Frasier's constant attempts to interfere with the surgical procedures but otherwise this is an understandably sombre affair - not an episode to watch if you want a good laugh but if viewed in the right mood, a brave and rewarding experiment.

Rating: 76%


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