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Friday, November 10, 2006

TV From Another Planet: Day Five


Premise: Niagara Falls gift shop cashier Jaye Tyler thinks she’s going crazy when a small wax lion starts to talk to her… turns out more and more inanimate objects start giving her directions that result in surprising consequences.

Why it rocked: The shortest of the five cancelled series I'm featuring (it was only on the air for four episodes!), it’s also the strangest. The show gets better as it progresses. Each episode is like some strange carnival fun-house reality that manages to be smart, surprising, and side-splittingly funny. Created by some of the fine folks behind Dead Like Me and Malcolm In The Middle, Wonderfalls was far too original for the FOX network. The best thing about this series is that, despite its short length at 13 episodes, it manages to tell a complete story arc and, as such, plays very well on DVD. The premise is of course quite novel, and carried out in a really clever way. Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas), like George Lass in Dead Like Me, is an unconventional female lead and much of the show’s quirky authenticity stems from this. The supporting cast, as well, is fantastic. Also, for the Firefly fans from yesterday, Jewel Staite has a recurring role as the series progresses.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to know it completes a story arc - I'd been avoiding it on DVD in fear that I'd get an incomplete plot. I'll definitely check it out now!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Yes, totally give it a go. And, if you're not quite feeling it from the first few episodes, keep watching because it gets better and better. The one where the go to Canada is particularly great.

10:34 AM  

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