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TV Meme, Day 8

A show everyone should watch.

Well, Firefly, obviously, but I think that in this context I'm probably preaching to the converted. If you are the one person reading this who hasn't seen it, what are you waiting for?

But here's a suggestion for something many of you might not have seen, but should: Da Vinci's Inquest. It's a crime show, episodic but with ongoing story lines, based on the experiences of a coroner and a group of major crime detectives. For a long time, I thought it was the best show on TV. Amazingly (or maybe not), it's Canadian, shot in Vancouver, and some of the story-lines were based on real-life cases. The coroner character is based on a real person who actually ended up becoming mayor of Vancouver, but the actor who plays him makes him a wonderful, conflicted and edgy character. There is a splendid ensemble cast (including someone you'd recognize from Battlestar Gallactica), and the production values are first rate. Don't watch it for a travelogue of Vancouver, because it makes the city look dirtier and grittier and more dangerous than it is. It's out on dvd: in my local HMV it's filed with British shows, for some reason, but that says something about the quality.


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steepholm
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Firefly --> Buffy as
Futurama --> The Simpsons.

Discuss.
intertext
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
That's a bit tricky, because I've never watched either Futurama or The Simpsons (!!!). But, as for Firefly --> Buffy ... it's as witty, but rather more adult. Not as dark as Angel, but not as fluffy as Buffy can be at times (sorry for the internal rhyme there) Not _quite_ as knowing or ironic. I think the dialogue is cleverer, but it has the same _literate_ quality, like someone with a brain is writing it. It's my favourite of the three Whedon shows I love: BtVS, and Angel being the other two, but I can't rank as "best EVAH" because there are only 12 episodes. So there's a kind of Romantic Irony when watching it, which adds to the effect. Great characters, solid, textured world building, wonderful ensemble cast (and eye candy of either or both sexes - how can you lose!)

I need a Firefly icon.
steepholm
Jun. 28th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I must confess to being that one person on your flist who hasn't seen Firefly (though I did catch Serenity at the cinema with lady_schrapnell). I guess I was just thinking that in each case we have a long-running, much loved series, and then the creative behind it decides to make a Sci-Fi series instead, which draws a cult audience but gets prematurely axed.

Coincidence? Almost certainly.
gillo
Jun. 28th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
It is well worth sparing the time to watch
Firefly
. My heart belongs to
Buffy
, but Captain Mal and his crew grab the viewer astonishingly swiftly, and some of the episodes (
Objects in Space
and
Out of Gas
, for example) are masterpieces in their own right.
intertext
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I think it was more getting f#@!ed around by Fox, mucking up scheduling, putting things on in the wrong order etc etc, so that it never built up enough of an audience. The critics LOVED it, and anybody who saw it LOVED it, but it was hard to get a chance to see it. I think much of its reputation has been built on dvd sales. But you should see it - I'm sure you'd love it, too.
forthright
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Couldn't let this pass without noting a further link: Jewel Staite (Kaylee on Firefly) got her start in a recurring role on Da Vinci's Inquest, as Da Vinci's daughter.
intertext
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
omg!! I KNEW I'd seen her somewhere before. I never made the connection, though - I guess the contexts are so different.
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