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Flix Blog, DVD date 130308:06

I have a new favorite show and it’s all on DVD. Let me tell you how and why this show is amazing to me.

When people tell me about their favorite show(s), I eventually ask many questions they can’t answer. I don’t really get upset at them about them, but I really want to know there is a value and things to learn from a show.

Of the main cast, is there a wasted character? Do all of them shine somehow, at least by the end of the first season. Do they do something incredible, is there an incredible revelation or change? Better developed shows not only have a main awesome cast, but even their nemeses are cool. Even the ancillary characters around them get developed. Even the extras become developed into the “C” team. And it’s not the sickening hack tropes we’ve all seen too many times, no new twists. The creepy characters are even hilarious and may have redeeming episodes. It’s good to know what event(s) happened to make people assholes.

There are character arcs over each season. We live in the age of dvds now, so, to be honest, we can look at last episodes and determine a show’s overall value by it. We have all seen how a last episode can affect a series. Some shows were cancelled and we want to know the answers before cast members or their creators pass away. Shows have been ruined by their last episodes when they could instead be made for people to watch the series again. That’s the big solution? That’s who they wound up with? So they just move away and everyone splits up? At least Gilligan’s Island had people wondering if they ever got rescued for over a decade.

Some finales are awesome, but they answer TOO much, they button everything up which I don’t like. We want to know the characters have something to do after the series besides move, raise their new baby, have no more bad guy to defeat, etc.

This show I like does a lot of things and blows away expectations. When we’re sitting alone, we’re the biggest critics of tv. For some reason we laugh easier in an audience because we subconsciously want to fit in when others are laughing. And by my self, this series has me rooting, cheering and oh, shitting consistently above those insult on a couch sitcoms shot in docu format.

This show combines a lot of my favorite television tropes and knocks them on their asses. The super power the main character gets is like Quantum Leap and Greatest American Hero, it comes out at unexpected times. There are governments, international play. It has the main hero king of the geeks at work and starts off as inept among the professional players in the plots. He balances the worlds like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show is even a bit like Moonlighting about work professionalism. Things that never would happen in a retail store happen and it’s buy-able as the series progresses.

Some series don’t finish things and leaves topics flat, but a good show like this mines the things in the back of your mind later and expands beyond what you’d think. Even a favorite show of mine like How I met your mother has dropped the ball calling some “sacred” things back and tying an unsatisfying bow on them.

Plus, the show has hot women (and men), plenty of fan service, geek service and horndog service. And retro. Great pop culture references and especially bring backs.

I have branched my writings into my own first fiction aside from my big Project. And not only does this series use a character name that I bashed from a couple of other sources, but this show also answered a question I’ve had in my mind since I was little. Why is there a missing Element from Earth, Wind and Fire?

This show has amazing guest stars that actually have action sequences. They’re well known and the show not only nods to their tropes, but often has them playing against them or parodying roles they’re known for. Scott Bakula’s Sam Beckett, Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, Timothy Dalton’s James Bond.

They did crossover to appeal to the comic con crowd like a lot of shows do now, but they did have a fan uproar and rescue attempt online. There’s even famous product sponsors to help save the show, which has funny, odd and interesting interruptions in the episodes they appear in. It would be like Scooby having a brand name snack as a favorite.

If you haven’t guessed by now, and I’m running out of page, it’s Chuck that I’m watching now.


2013/03/08 - Posted by | Single malts | , , , , , , ,

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