November 01, 2005

Wonderfalls

Wonderfalls is another brilliant show that never got its due. I loved watching it, but don’t think anyone I know will get to see it now.

I missed the first few episodes when it started airing on Star World; one episode was enough to get me hooked though. The final episode aired yesterday, and I was hoping Star would repeat the series as it keeps doing with so many others, but no. Next week onwards it’s The Office followed by Coupling at Wonderfalls’ time slot. Hey, at least we got to see all the episodes around here—only the first four were aired in the States.

The show is about a girl—funny how most of the shows I like recently are about female protagonists. Jaye Tyler is a philosophy degree holder, who works in a souvenir shop at Niagara Falls. And lives in a trailer park. In the words on one of the characters, she’s ‘really managed to create a stressless expectation-free zone’ for herself. But everything changes when she starts hearing voices…

Won’t do to give too much away. Needless to say, she grows a soft heart, falls in love, saves people and generally manages to be an all-around awesome person.

I love the shows humour. I haven’t laughed so hard about anything in recent times. Always off-beat, sometimes offensive and occasional touching—if you don’t love this show then you’ve got some serious taste issues.

Obligatory quotes from the last episode:

Jaye: [spying on a little boy customer] He’s eyeing the Slinky. You know, he has to steal, like, four of those for me to even get a dollar.
Wonderfalls Security Guard: Is this one of those stores that gives its employees a cash bonus when they apprehend a shoplifter?
Jaye: Ten percent of whatever they were gonna steal. One time, I “accidentally” left the watch case open and I got like 500 bucks!

Wonderfalls Security Guard: [after catching the little boy shoplifting] You have choices, life choices. This was a bad life choice. That’s why you’re in an unpleasant situation. Unpleasant situations can be avoided by making good life choices.
Jaye: I have to disagree. I make good life choices. Mostly because they’re forced on me, but I make them. And I find myself in unpleasant situations all the time. You know why? Because even if you have a choice it can and will be taken away from you. We’re all fate’s bitch. You might as well go ahead and bend over for destiny now.

I’ve added the show’s DVD to my ever-growing Amazon wishlist. Now I just need to go buy a winning lottery ticket.

Sidenote: I’m loving Star World for now. Daily BtVS! AtS season five. And shows like this. Keep it up guys.

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