Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Helllo, Brrrrrrisco."

So, there's another 30-day meme going around, this one all about TV shows. Looks like fun, so here goes!

The line up:
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -
This is a hard one. There's a bunch of shows that only ran one season that I wish had been continued. Earth 2, Nowhere Man, Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years. But each of those was very good and, despite the cliffhanger-ish endings and the fact that we will never find out what happens next... all three were well done and satisfying just as they are. So, the show I most wish had never been canceled has to be:

This show hadn't quite found its stride yet, but it had a great cast, a great concept, and if it had been given a second season, I think it really would have kicked into high gear and turned out some absolutely fabulous adventures. I couldn't wait each week for the next episode while this show aired. I loved the continuing storylines about the orb and Bly and was sorry to see that arc end. The show changed gears a bit once the orb was gone, and that's where a second season really would have let the show grow. It's a bit of a modern version of Wild West West. It embraced the cheese factor and its B-movie roots and really went to town. The anachronisms are half the fun. Not to mention the fun riffs on other movies, such as Psycho. Just seeing the famous Bates house turn up in an episode is awesome. And of course, you know a shower scene is coming...

Bruce Campbell was the perfect Brisco. (Bruce Campbell is one of those actors I can watch in anything. He's just too much fun. I really want to read his autobiography, simply because the title is so darned funny: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor.) Julius Carry was great as Lord Bowler. (It broke my heart when I heard he passed away a few years back, far too young.) Great rivalry early on, even better partnership later. Whatever that mysterious thing is called tv chemistry... they had it. And you can just tell the actors are having fun making this show. That kind of love for the material always shows through and always makes a show even better. And Comet the Wonder Horse gets his own title card in the opening credits! That horse was also one of the best things about the show. How can you not love a horse who's smarter than the people?

There's also John Pyper-Ferguson who guested as recurring bad guy Pete Hutter. I think his eps are my favorite. He's always hilarious. All he has to do is appear on screen and I'm already laughing (this from the girl who hates most comedy). Everyone gets good lines, but he got the choicest dialogue. He also gets the delightful giant painted rocks, Pete's Piece -- "Nobody touches Pete's Piece!" -- and he gets to die and come back repeatedly, each time with a funnier reason for how he survived. Way too much fun. "In all my years, I have never hit a woman. Hit a man in a dress once, but that was another story."

This show sooooo needed a second season, at the very least.


  1. Anonymous2:58 PM

    *swipe* :-D

    And now I want to see this show - and can't, because it'll never be shown over here and isn't available on region 2 DVD.

    Bah. Bah and humbug, says I.

  2. It's probably like Hulu and not available internationally, but a bunch of the eps (if not all?) are available online. I saw links to them on the main IMDb page. You could give that a try. The ep called "Stagecoach" is one of my favorites.

    Otherwise, you'll just have to wait until you come out here to visit!

    And yay for swipeage!

  3. Anonymous11:39 PM

    A-ha! I shall have to go and check that out. Thanks!

    As to the visit - yes. We really will have to sort something out - assuming I'm ever well for long enough to go anywhere, which hasn't happened this year. :-P

  4. And I'm trying to squirrel money away to come your direction one of these days too. I'd love to see England.