Thursday, March 10th, 2005
I Wonder Why The Wonder Falls On Me
I am slowing down. Used to be that I could power through an entire season of a TV show on DVD in no time at all. Was it that long ago I got through the entire first season and a quarter of the second season of 24 in a single weekend? Yes, it was at the expense of some personal hygeine, but nothing comes without sacrifice. So how on earth has it taken me so long to get through the entirety of Wonderfalls? It’s only 13 episodes, each one about 44 minutes. In theory, I should have been able to get through it all in under ten hours. That’s nothing! But still it took me more than two weeks to get through all three DVDs, not including the bonuses. For shame.
Anyway. Finished watching the complete series on DVD the other night and I can say without reservation that this was my favourite new television show in years, even though it was unceremoniously cancelled after just three (or was it four?) episodes to make room for that bellwether of the utter decline of Western civilization, The Swan. Premiering a year ago next week, the wickedly clever and hilarious show followed the quirky adventures of an overeducated, undermotivated and generally snarky trailer park-living twenty-something retail clerk to whom inanimate objects begin talking, instructing her to do bizarre things and help people… or else. I don’t know if that sounds appealing, but it was actually very very good. Lots of Canadian content in this show – besides being set in Niagara Falls (though they try to pass the Canadian side off as the American side), it was shot in Toronto (at the CNE? I see the wind turbine in some shots outside the store) and the lead role of Jaye Tyler was excellently played by Canadian Caroline Dhavernas, who is easily my #1 domestic celebrity crush du jour.
Even though it was cancelled so quickly (a save the show campaign began immediately after the first episode aired), all thirteen eps of the first season were already filmed and completed, making a DVD release possible (it came out last month) and thankfully, the first season arc ends quite nicely, allowing it to stand as a finite 13-episode mini-series rather than a cancelled mid-season replacement. Even though only a handful of episodes originally aired, another half-dozen or so leaked to the internet, ripped from DVD screeners or something, so I had managed to see most of the series regardless. It also found a second life on Canada’s Vision Television channel, which I believe aired the entire run late last year. I, however, waited for the DVD release and thoroughly enjoyed watching the whole thing start to finish – even the eps I’d already seen were funnier the second time around. Wonderfalls gets my heartiest recommendation – go rent it.
And oh yeah – Andy Patridge composed and performed the theme song, and it sounds like classic XTC.
Ryan Adams’ new double-disc set Cold Roses has been pushed back a bit to May 3.
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