better left dead
I watched Dead Like Me on DVD after the series had left the land of
television and was only available in stores. It wasn't long before I
was scrambling to buy season two as I was completely hooked. Of course
there are shows like this that have a cult following... a DVD
following, but its all a little too late. Its very rare to have a
"family guy" type situation where DVD sales actually bring a show back
to life. When news came that there was going to be a movie to resolve
the story I was, like most fans, a little bit tickled that they would
bring back to life (even for just a few moments) something that struck
a chord with so many.
There are many problems with the film that I am sad to say shouldn't
have been made at all. First the missing Characters...
Rube. Mandy is an incredible actor and the glue of the series. Without
him the show just didn't have the charm, wit, and intelligence of the
original series. Rube's replacement (though a talented actor) just
wasn't enough. I don't know what the solution could have been, make the
new guy tougher so that the team had to pull up the slack and bond
better in the process...? but the way it was handled made it fall flat
and Rube was sorely missed.
The Waffle House. It sounds a little silly to call the waffle house a
character but when you look at the original, and see how much of it is
set there, how the the actors interact with it and the small roll
characters that got the boot with the waffle house, there is huge void
left with its "destruction". Movie makes take note!!!!! the setting is
as crucial as the actors. without the waffle house it was just not the
Daisy. Now... daisy was in the movie, but was she really? Laura Harris,
who played the complexity of Daisy so flawlessly and became a major
player in the emotional range of the series didn't come back. I'm sure
there are a million reasons but as soon as she said no the studio
should have pulled the plug. So they didn't pull the plug, then they
should have given her, her lights and not pretend to have a less
capable actor play the part. The new daisy is one dimensional, plain,
weak and just uninteresting. It even ruins the dynamic between her and
Mason, you can tell he no longer pines for her the way he did in the
so the movies hinges on some resolution between George and her Sister
as well as the rest of the reapers having their field day and trying to
get away with things they never would have been able to with Rube
around. Its pretty weak stuff, and though I stuck it out and watched it
to the end I was detached from the film before it really got going. All
in all I would say its a disappointment to fans who really connected
with the series.
I would recommend to anyone who hasn't seen the film and is wanting to
(for a little closure) to keep the memory of the series alive and leave
the film well enough alone..
romeodie watch Alpha Dog movie
nice movie nih yah.
jinweihu watch The Round Tower movie
great movie to a great show.
A fitting end and (hopefully) a fantastic new beginning...
Right first off, I would have loved to give this movie 10/10 BUT I
can't... I just can't.
The film was great, despite some reviews i have read who obviously
watched the film with extremely high hopes, expecting nothing to have
changed at all and to pick up exactly where the TV show left off
answering some of the all important questions the fan base has been
itching to answer ever since the series was laid to rest, which i admit
would have been good BUT impossible...
Such examples of unanswered questions are: "how can George do *THIS*?",
"why did *THAT* happen?", "will *XX* ever get with *XY*?". my point of
blanking out the important part of the questions wasn't JUST to prevent
spoilers BUT also to attempt a suggestion as to why they couldn't
answer these questions in this film; the reason for making this film
was to hopefully jump start the series OR failing that to appeal to the
fan base the series had to start with. Now answering these questions in
90 minutes is just not feasible in either case, it wouldn't make sense
to anyone that hasn't seen the series and so interest is lost... also
the original fan base would either be annoyed at these questions (which
we have been bugging ourselves with for what seems like millennia)
being rushed and not really answered, or we would have closure (of
sorts) and there are no active plot lines to continue the series with.
In my personal opinion the plot and new character (Cameron) were fine
additions to a fantastic show!
Now where it unfortunately loses these 2 points are: Daisy... Daisy
Adair (I am a big fan of Laura Harris, so Sarah Wynter's performance as
Daisy just wan't good enough for me)...
All that aside if I have to put up with Sarah as Daisy and no Rube.
That is a small price to pay to get this show back on the air..