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I want to see Ashes to Ashes. Maybe the hole that are the three-and-a-half season of Lost I didn't watch. And one of these days I will finally figure out if Twins Peaks was really that ground-breaking as it is supposed to be.

Buffy's Restless. In the best and most literal interpretation of that category.

Not the best pilot episode but Roswell's first five minutes are pretty hard to beat at setting up a mythology and tone and storyline all at once.

Although if we are talking about the whole episode: the pilot episode of Twitch City, a semi-obscure Canadian comedy. You think you have the show figured out - the clean-cut guy, his cute girlfriend and his slobby tv-obsessed roomate share an apartment, shennanigans occur.

And then clean-cut guy goes out to buy some cat food and the entire dynamic, tone and show changes irrevocably. It's amazing.

And then it gets better.

Date: 2010-08-28 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd totally forgotten about Restless but now that you've mentioned it, it really is the most WTF season finale. Just, really. WTF.

Date: 2010-08-28 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Let me know what you think of Ashes to Ashes. I have never been able to get into it (I have only seen S1) because I find it difficult to reconcile that universe with the one presented in LoM. I also feel like it...tarnishes the whole LoM finale, in a way. But maybe there is a way to love both. You will have to let me know. :)

And then clean-cut guy goes out to buy some cat food and the entire dynamic, tone and show changes irrevocably.

Well now you have to tell what happens next...that is too intriguing to leave unanswered. ;)

Date: 2010-08-28 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's impossible to explain because it sounds awful on paper. But let me put it that way, the next episode that shows the guy for longer than five minutes is a Season Two episode that takes place in a prison. It's certainly a total game-changer because the dynamic between the cast of characters changes and the premise changes. Let's find a new wacky roommate becomes somewhat of a theme although that is not the only theme.

Like, in every episode they watch a bit of an awful, fictional talk show with Jerry Springer-esque host (he gets a face transplant in the second season, replacing one real life castmember of Kids in the Hall with another) with the weirdest topics like "I Look Like Joyce DeWitt" and "People Who Don't Care About Anything".

And if episodes about remote control competitions, gay neo-nazi roommates, conning Meals on Wheels, incredibly delicious, possibly illegal cookies and tv show withdrawals weren't enough, they have an episode in which cats take over the world, giving life to this lovely exchange:

Newbie: “After the meteor hit, the disease spread and all the pet monkeys died. Without the monkeys around, people became distraught, especially the kids. So the cats were brought in to replace the monkeys. But people started blaming them, resenting the cats for what had happened to the monkeys. We beat the cats, we kicked the cats, we generally just treated them like shit. We forced them to work as our slaves, first at jobs left vacant by the monkeys -- helping organ grinders and stuff. And then just any shit job we could find. Courier, waiter, Canadian actor. Well. It wasn't long before they turned against us. Ironic, isn't it?"

Hope: "None of that makes any sense. What do you mean, all the pet monkeys died? And you can't train cats to do anything."

Newbie: "We know that now. We even tried using flamethrowers."

It's a very surreal show but strangely enough it works because at its heart it's emotionally believable.

Date: 2010-08-29 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. I can see how something like that would be funny, if done correctly. Sort of like absurdist humor.

(I cannot decide if the cat exchange is meant to be some kind of subtle comment on racism, or the fact that you really cannot train cats to do anything. Even if you use flamethrowers. ;)


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