Wonderfalls

Posted: February 24, 2005 in General

I finished watching Wonderfalls last night in the second of two marathon sessions in as many nights. This show definatly goes in the “What was FOX thinking?” when they canceled the show after four episodes. Below is my review:

Wonderfalls : The Complete Viewer Collection
3 DVDs : 13 Episodes
Rating : 3.5 of 4 stars

Wonderfalls isn’t truely an original concept, but the combination of qwerky comedic moments with a “dash” of drama made sure that the show didn’t fit into a genera. Maybe that is why the viewership suffered and FOX took the axe to it after a mere four episodes (replacing it suddenly at the last moment with an episode of “The Swan”.) It’s a shame it died an early death.

I skipped the first of the three discs because it contained the episodes that did air and jumped into episode five. This is one of the few DVDs that actually shows a breif reintroduction of any particular plot points that you may have missed, which certainly was helpful for a reminder.

If you missed it the first time around, Wonderfalls is the story of Jaye Tyler a college graduate that doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She spends her days working for a Nigra Falls gift shop (called Wonderfalls.) One day inanimate animals begin talking to her. Their mysterious message is usually misinterpreted, but that’s part of the fun of the show. It’s a mystery without a murder or a crime (well for the most part.)

In all honesty, the season tended to be a little uneven. There were very good episodes, and some… well… mediocre episodes, but for it’s flaws, taken as a whole, it is an excellent series that leaves you with a twinge of regret when you finish the last episode with the knowledge that there aren’t any more. I felt that by that thirteenth episode we were just starting to get into a stride and that the best was yet to come.

Kudos to the writers though. The series stands complete without any additional episodes. There are still a number of unanswered questions (that will unfortantly stay unanswered,) but maybe that’s best.

If you are looking for an entertaining (and fairly inexpensive) DVD set, I highly recommend picking up Wonderfalls.

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