Magazine article Metro Magazine

Wonderfalls: The Best TV Show You Haven't Seen

Magazine article Metro Magazine

Wonderfalls: The Best TV Show You Haven't Seen

Article excerpt

I make good life choices. Mostly because they're forced on me, but I make them. And I find myself in unpleasant situations all the time. You know why? Because even if you have a choice it can and will be taken away from you. We're all fate's bitch. You might as well go ahead and bend over for destiny now.

--Jaye Tyler

Four weeks is a long time in the world of television ratings. If a show isn't an immediate hit, networks are more likely to shunt it to a late night timeslot where it will never be able to pick up an audience. The current economic climate demands instant success, and in America as well as Australia, many quality shows have suffered because of this. Thankfully, fervent fan bases and the DVD format have allowed programs to find an audience that they were unable to on their respective networks.

Wonderfalls, co-created by Bryan Fuller and Todd Holland, is a quirky drama that edges on black comedy as it tells the story of twenty-something Jaye Tyler. Armed with a philosophy degree, she works as a shop assistant in a souvenir store a stone's throw from Niagara Falls. While her family members have succeeded in each of their chosen fields, Jaye has decided to rebel against their brilliance, and takes pride in the fact that she is a checkout chick who lives in a trailer park. Her cynical and bored demeanour helps to establish the facade she presents to the world. She is determined not to let anyone within her boundaries except for her equally disillusioned best friend, Mahandra. Her sister astutely observes that Jaye really doesn't want to succeed at anything--Jaye, quite firmly, is stuck in a rut. And she sort of likes it that way.

However, the powers that be have different ideas. When objects in the Wonderfalls gift store start speaking to her, Jaye is understandably disturbed by this. And she is especially perturbed when they start telling her to do things that require her, against her will, to actively intervene in the lives of others. …

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