Shamelessly stealing this meme from [personal profile] liadtbunny, mostly because I think I've forgotten how to post.

So, day one. A show that should never have been cancelled. Just one show?! Television loves to cancel all of the shows that I like. It does it so often that I've just about given up bothering to watch new programmes. But if I have to choose one, it's Wolf Lake. I rediscovered this just recently, when I was converting my VHS collection to DVD, and although I'd remembered it as being good, I was totally blown away watching it again. It's the story of a policeman who sets out to find his vanished fiancée, and winds up in a tiny, rural town in the middle of nowhere. His story is the means by which the viewer discovers the little town of Wolf Lake, with all its secrets, its history and its curious traditions. Truly I have never seen such good world-building, and although it has its flaws - the cop at the heart of things is hardly the most interesting of people - the good far outweighs the bad. Unfortunately the show debuted in September 2001, when America had quite a lot else on its mind; nobody saw the first couple of episodes, and it sank without trace. A great shame. The people of Wolf Lake, and all their subtexts and intrigues, deserved at least a full season. Instead they got nine episodes, and things barely got started.

For all its occasional triumphs, television certainly knows how to irritate.


PS: Honourable mentions: VR.5, Dark Skies, Angel, Starhunter 2300, Now & Again, Paradox, The Cape...

*continues mumbling titles whilst walking away*
One odd thing about VR.5 - Tony Head speaks English in it. Actual English English, as written by somebody who might actually be English, as opposed to English written by somebody who might once have read something by PG Wodehouse, like a lot of the dialogue he got saddled with in Buffy. It's nice how he suddenly spouts real proper English things in the middle of all the American stuff. Sounds so natural. Clunky dialogue is often a hallmark of science fiction, but not here; well, not until the final episode, anyway. But that's not Oliver's fault.

Rambling this way... )
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More VR.5, hurrah, and it's getting better and better. It looks so fabulous, too. It's a shame they weren't able to make it in HD, as it would look absolutely glorious then. It's not just the colours and styling of the scenes in VR - it's the rest of the show, too. The rambling apartment building that Sydney and Duncan live in; the jumble of equipment in Joseph's secret workroom; the shadows with flashes of colour where Oliver always seems to lurk. Style is very important to the whole production, really. They've gone to a lot of trouble to make it all seem one step out of the ordinary, even with the scenes set in the real world. Somehow it's a very dreamlike show.

This way for more waffle )
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Coo, VR.5 is a weird bunny. All striking visual imagery, and splintered storylines. It's beautifully put together, although at times it doesn't quite work. Teething troubles, probably. It's a high concept idea, with beautiful foreshadowing of storylines to come - but of course those storylines never got to happen. The show was cancelled after thirteen episodes, and none of those ideas or concepts ever got to lead anywhere. It was one of many victims of a particularly unpleasant and unimaginative cutting knife back in the nineties. I was quite distraught at the time, though I suppose I should be glad in retrospect. If VR.5 had continued, Tony Head wouldn't have been available to play Giles. I wonder who we'd have ended up with instead?!

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