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30 Days Of Telly #1

Shamelessly stealing this meme from liadtbunny, mostly because I think I've forgotten how to post.

So, day one. A show that should never have been cancelled. Just one show?! Television loves to cancel all of the shows that I like. It does it so often that I've just about given up bothering to watch new programmes. But if I have to choose one, it's Wolf Lake. I rediscovered this just recently, when I was converting my VHS collection to DVD, and although I'd remembered it as being good, I was totally blown away watching it again. It's the story of a policeman who sets out to find his vanished fiancée, and winds up in a tiny, rural town in the middle of nowhere. His story is the means by which the viewer discovers the little town of Wolf Lake, with all its secrets, its history and its curious traditions. Truly I have never seen such good world-building, and although it has its flaws - the cop at the heart of things is hardly the most interesting of people - the good far outweighs the bad. Unfortunately the show debuted in September 2001, when America had quite a lot else on its mind; nobody saw the first couple of episodes, and it sank without trace. A great shame. The people of Wolf Lake, and all their subtexts and intrigues, deserved at least a full season. Instead they got nine episodes, and things barely got started.

For all its occasional triumphs, television certainly knows how to irritate.


PS: Honourable mentions: VR.5, Dark Skies, Angel, Starhunter 2300, Now & Again, Paradox, The Cape...

*continues mumbling titles whilst walking away*

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swordznsorcery
Jun. 7th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool. I hope you enjoy it. Very good cast, imho.
eandh99
Jun. 8th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
my partner loved Wolf Lake - real shame it didn't continue..

So many possible candidates - I remember being totally pissed off when Space Above and Beyond got cancelled - and they knew they were going to be cancelled so they pretty much killed off the entire cast in the last episode.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 8th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
I never got in to S:AAB, but my sister was a big fan. She was fairly young when it aired, and was quite traumatised by the ending!
liadtbunny
Jun. 8th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
Don't give up watching new programmes. The old ones are all missing episodes:S Makes me growl fiercely, grrr.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 8th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
They're not all missing episodes! You have to pick your shows carefully. It is hellishly frustrating though, isn't it. You see a cast list and think "Wow!", only to find out that that one got murdered by the BBC. Sometimes they didn't even leave one single episode to pine over. Vandals!
liadtbunny
Jun. 9th, 2013 10:39 am (UTC)
Or then there's the show with all the episodes except one which is the only one you want, argh! ITV was no better, one day the producer of 'Ace of Wands' was out of the office and came back to find the episodes they were going to keep had been wiped!
swordznsorcery
Jun. 9th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
And the really awful thing is that it was carried on for so long. They were still junking things in the nineties, for goodness sakes. They almost lost "Bod" in the nineties, and some "Rentaghost".

"Adam Adamant" is a frustrating one. We're lucky to have so much of that, so I shouldn't really complain, but season two sounds so good, and there's only two episodes left. Happily the episode with Patrick Troughton in it was found after many years of being lost though, so there are unexpected good things too.
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