I don't know who else watches this show but its great. And the 2 hour season finale tonight (4/29) was awesome. I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see it. But I really enjoy on how the are doing the "Quantum Leap" type thing, with Eliza Dushku being the good leaper and Jason Priestley being the evil leaper. I haven't been this impressed with Priestley's work in a while. I think I heard that this show has been picked up for a 2nd season which is great. But if it hasn't, the 2 hour episode was a great way to go out on. Anyone else watch/like this show?
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When I saw the pilot for Tru Calling, I wasn't impressed. I thought the show had a lot of problems, from Eliza Dushku's Tru Davies showing little of the wit and spark she had as Faith on Buffy to one of the major issues I had, being that I thought the writing was poor and simplistic considering the ethical and metaphysical issues the concept of the show raises.
Jason Priestley joining the cast raised an eyebrow with me. Stunt casting? Maybe. But Priestley is underrated as an actor and I got the sense that there was something behind Brandon Walsh joining this morbid show about bringing the dead back to life. I still didn't care for the writing for the most part, but Priestley's Jack Harper was clearly hiding something and up to something, and I was interested enough to hang on for a few weeks to see what was up (in between SmackDown's commercial breaks.)
I blew off Smackdown this week for the Tru Calling two hour finale. I expected to see the writers lay their cards on the table, and boy, am I glad I did because what a hand they dealt. I am suitably impressed with the direction Tru Calling has taken and the plan for season two (if it happens.)
In the Pre-Priestley episodes I caught, I always thought the show was lousy because there was never any suspense as to whether Tru was going to save someone. The outcomes were always pretty obvious, the writing was poor, and I didn't think the characters were all that much fun to be around every week (especially her brother Harrison, one of the most grating supporting characters I've seen on TV in a while.)
But the new ground rules set for season two are really interesting. Jack Harper being Tru's nemesis is inspired. I love the whole idea that now Tru time shifts when someone asks her for help and Jack knows because he time shifts too. It's like Spy vs. Spy now, two equals with polar opposite agendas engaging in a battle of wits to either save a victim or insure the victim dies. Tru having an enemy who is her equal is exactly what the show needed.
Even cooler is the revelation that Tru's father is to Jack what Tru's mother is to Tru. It adds even greater depth to the scenario and creates some intriguing questions (such as how could Tru's mother not know her husband was her nemesis? Or did she?)
I also really liked the greater questions Jack raises regarding whether or not Tru is doing the right thing by saving these lives or whether she's messing up the universe by ensuring people live who are SUPPOSED to die. And what's more, if for every life Tru saves, Jack takes another to create a balance, is Tru's work worth doing at all? And does Jack have any control over the time shifting or is he swept along when Tru time shifts (which would explain his bitterness at his situation.) This is all what the show needed and I'm glad the producers clearly had this plan in the works. Tru Calling now has serious potential to being interesting television (instead of being an excuse to see Eliza Dushku run around in a low cut top.)
Apparently according to my information, the fate of Tru Calling is up in the air and will be known when FOX rolls out its fall lineup on May 20th. Hopefully, given the invigorated direction of the series and the small jump in the ratings Jason Priestley provided, the braintrust at FOX will give this hour long scripted dramatic series a chance to explore this new creative footing and not yank it for another reality show where idiots do stupid shit for stupid reasons.
"Strong words. Strong words from a strange man." - Kent Brockman
I also enjoy "Tru Calling". The show started of kinda crappy but seemed to pick up as the season went along. I agree that adding Jason Priestley to the show helped a lot. Now their is a foe for Tru to deal with while trying to save someone's life. Now the questions are raised for next season, and I hope they get answered. I hate when a show gets canned at the end of a season when their are so many questions that need to be answered, like the way TC's season ended. BTW, I don't think Jack has control on the "time shifts" but only time will tell.
*The Bernie Mac Show *24 *The O.C. *Malcolm in the Middle *Mad TV (says it has signed for "three additional seasons") *That '70s Show *The Simpsons (Yeardley Smith aka Lisa Simpson told The AP the show has at least 2 seasons left) *King Of The Hill
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While I'm doubtful of the show's future (though things are looking good from what I'm reading here), I feel quite fulfilled with this season's content and would be satisfied on the basis of this one season only. I too originally balked at the inclusion of Jason Priestley to the cast, but during tonight's finale, he did a damn fine job in making me wanna hate him. While I didn't really mind the concept of "Tru gets asked for help, relives the day, saves the person", Jack Harper was definitely the edge the show needed.
This is one guy who'll eagerly be waiting for May 20th for the new fall line-up. Does this mean the new season (if there's one) would actually start in June? I saw teasers saying the fall season would actually begin in June.
Insert Quentin Tarantino joke here... Isn't that already the Travel Channel's gimmick 24/7? Of course, if they just re-run the original Ocean's 11 over and over again, it'd increase their swankness tenfold.