Wonderfalls

Media comments edit

WonderfallsI mentioned that we were watching Wonderfalls lately. We finished last night with the last episode, and I feel like I should start watching them all over again.

Wonderfalls is the story of Jaye Tyler, played by Caroline Dhavernas, who is a Generation-Y college graduate with a philosophy degree. She’s stuck, dissatisfied with life (and only slightly bitter), living in a trailer park and working retail at a Niagara Falls souvenir shop.

One day inanimate animal shaped objects start talking to her (a wax lion, a monkey bookend, a lizard puppet) and, through their cryptic guidance, Jaye ends up helping people.

I won’t say much more than that because while it sounds like a sort of lame premise, you’d be absolutely astounded at how well it works. The characters are all lovable, the writing is solid, the acting is solid… in fact, I’d have to say Wonderfalls rates as one of my all-time favorite TV shows.

Unfortunately, Fox cancelled the show after airing only four of the 13 episodes. Lucky for fans, they released all 13 on DVD and you can see what you missed. Once you see it, you’ll understand why folks think Fox is absolutely stupid for making some of the decisions it makes.

However unfortunately the cancellation of the show was, one thing you’ll like is that the first season is a completely contained story. They didn’t leave any cliffhangers at the end, so when you finish watching the 13th episode, you’ll get the closure you seek. They could have run with it in a second season, but the first season does wind up nicely.

Definitely pick one up; you can’t beat it.

Comments