Even though it first aired in 2004, I hadn’t even heard of Wonderfalls until just a few weeks back. I was browsing around the Radio Times website, when I saw it as recommended viewing on Sky One. Seeing as I don’t have Sky One anymore, my only option was to either buy Sky One again, or buy the DVD boxset.
You probably would’ve thought me as crazy for buying a $30/Â£20 DVD boxset without seeing the show, or even knowing much about it, but I did. With some rather poor shows from the US, I should’ve been skeptical about this, but I just wasn’t. Something about this show just caught my attention, like many recent US comedys/dramas such as 24, Nip/Tuck, Enterprise etcetera have just shown me that drama and comedies are still very strong in the US.
My expectations for this show we’re pretty low actually. I had really no idea what it was about apart from that it was based around Niagra Falls. What greeted me on the first episode was not so much an episode introducing the characters, themes and plots, but rather forcing them onto me by witty dialog, an ironic and sarcastic Jaye played by Caroline Dhavernas and a rather qwerky plotline. You’ll quickly get engrossed on this plotline, which has just enough tension and twists to keep you interested, but still leaves room for the free, fluid and airy nature of the show.
I’ll leave the reviews to the people on IMDB and TV.com who are much better at it then I am, however I do encourage you to watch this show first before reading the reviews as there will be some spoilers out there.
But I’ll once again plug the DVD boxset of this show, or encourage you to watch it on Sky One. This is your one chance to catch this, as Fox decided to cancel this excellent show. It’ll become clear why they did in episode four, exorcisms, the Devil and God all play a part in this episode, which is why the narrow minded and right-wing executives of Fox Television decided to cancel probably the one truely original show this year. But it does not aim to offend and any intelligent person would not be offended by it.
I’d like to note that I refrained from making any puns of the shows title throughout this post.