Wonderfalls

[Screenshot]Wonderfalls was clever, funny, fresh, and imaginative. It was, therefore, doomed, doomed, doomed. But we got thirteen good episodes out of it, and, unlike Firefly, we got a story with a beginning, middle, and end (featuring evil Kayleea character played by Jewel Staite who is not, in fact, Kaywinnett Lee Frye). It managed a pretty impressive juggling act between the progressive plot and the episodic nature of the story, so that most episodes were pretty self-contained while still contributing to the overall plot arc. There’s a bit of a mixed-bag quality to the episodes, and I quite frankly preferred the episodes where the faces gave nonsensical but explicit instructions to the somewhat overplayed Field-of-Dreamsesque indeterminate referent game.

There is great onscreen chemistry with a splendid cast. Dhavernas reminds me irationally of Linda Cardellini from Freaks and Geeks, but that may be just similarities of character. Either way, she (like most of the characters) balances a number of contrary aspects in a realistic way, making her simultaneously intelligent, directionless, brutal, and softhearted. All the major characters come out as multidimensional humans, and this works just about as well as I’ve seen acting work on TV. The technical aspects are good if not spectacular: the CG work is hardly mindblowing, but it’s not meant to be. It’s subtle and well-integrated into the live-action.

What didn’t I like about Wonderfalls? Mostly that we’re not going to see any more of it.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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