The Way Home attracted my attention because it stars Andie MacDowell and Chyler Leigh. It’s a family story on the Hallmark channel with a sci-fi twist.
The Way Home has 10 episodes. I’ve only seen 5, and I won’t be able to see any more because I just “cut the cord” with my provider and won’t be getting the Hallmark Channel now. If I could watch the rest of the season, I definitely would.
I’m writing a review anyway, for those of you who might be interested in something just a little unusual on the Hallmark Channel.
Kat (Chyler Leigh) is newly divorced and jobless. She takes her daughter Alice (Sadie Laflamme-Snow) and moves back to the small town where her mother Del (Andie MacDowell) lives.
The relationship between Kat and her mom is not a good one. We slowly learn that Kat’s younger brother, Jacob (Remy Smith), died as a child. Kat’s father, Colton (Jefferson Brown), also died recently. There’s conflict between Kat and Del about both these things.
Here’s the sci-fi twist. Alice decides to go for a swim in the pond on their property and steps out of the water in 1990. She meets her mom as a teen (Alex Hook). Jacob, Colton, and her grandmother Del are all their younger selves. Alice and the teen Kat become great friends.
Alice lives in both worlds. She sees her family in 1990 and the present. Kat follows her to the pond one day and goes back to 1990 as well where she peeks at her intact younger family as they interact with Alice without realizing who she is.
In the current timeline, Alice interacts with the adult versions of people, such as Elliot (Evan Williams). He’s now a teacher, but was her mom’s best friend as a teen.
Back in 1990, she watches her mom meet and fall in love with her dad (Siddharth as a teen and Al Mukadam as an adult).
With 5 episodes left that I haven’t seen, there’s a lot still to happen in this series about being able to revisit your past by diving into a murky pond. I may never know what happens next, but it’s an interesting story. If you happen to watch it, let me know how it turns out.