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Another Cancelled Television Show that I’m Interested In: ABC’s “The Gates”

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With my introduction to the world of Netflix streaming, I have begun to get invested in shows that I think have interesting premises or that have people in them that I am drawn to. However, the problem I end up having results from attaching myself to shows that were cancelled after the first couple of seasons of their run because the networks they were on didn’t see the viewership that they expected. Given that television is a viewer-based industry, I do understand that they want to cut their loses as soon as possible. Still, many shows have been scraped just when they were starting to get good, which leaves me with what I would call the “hanging universe syndrome.” I am left to wonder what could have happened and to what degree the overall characters would have developed within the framework of the world.

By Netflix [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Recently, I stumbled upon the television show The Gates (2010) which took what a modern dramatic theme and turned it on its head. In the show, the characters live in a gated community called The Gates (go figure), which gives the audience the idea that the main moving force will be the suburban hell that has come to appear in shows such as Desperate Housewives, Suburgatory, etc. Yet as I mentioned earlier, this is turned on its head as we the audience come to find out that the main character Nick Monohan, the new chief of police of the Gates, has brought his family into a community populated by vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of myth and legend. When I read the description on Netflix, I was instantly enamored with the idea of a suburban drama filled with housewives that could literally rip each others throats out. After watching the first few episodes, I was hooked, but it was also then that I noticed the show only had one season of 13 episodes. Immediately, I went to imdb.com (remember I am an imdb addict) and discovered that the show was cancelled. Tonight, I finished the last episode, and now, I want more… however, there isn’t more to have.

What went wrong? The writing wasn’t bad (it wasn’t great… but it’s kind of what you expect from a primetime drama that has vampires, witches, and werewolves), the actors were fairly well suited to the show with Rhona Mitra (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0593961/) and Frank Grillo (Prison Break http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0342029/) leading the pack (ironic usage of language here considering that neither is a werewolf in the show), the special effects were used appropriately and were blended well into the world itself, etc. (I could go on spouting what I like about it… but that isn’t really what I’m trying to do here). Honestly, I think that it was a show with a niche audience that may have come along at the wrong time.  Who really knows (besides the execs)?

All I know is that I found another interesting show that I would recommend to my friends that are looking for something to fill the gap between True Blood seasons or any supernatural show (including the CW’s Supernatural… which is now available on instant streaming for anyone out there who wants to know). The one thing that I would recommend is not getting too attached to the characters or the atmosphere that they try to create because after a brief 13 episodes The Gates  will close for you as they did for me.

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Supernatural Season 6

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As my friend and I eagerly await to see what happens in the opening episode, I am left to wonder if this season is their “swan song.” Why do I ask such a question? It’s because season 5 was originally slated to be the end of the series. However, ending can change, and this might be better or worse depending…

1) I don’t have any clue as to what they are going to do this season. Is it going to go back to hitting the road hunting monsters? Or will it be something else entirely? Is there going to be a new big bad that is scarier than the devil (if so, are they going to go into a Dragon Ball Z type of esclating evil…)?

2) Will the two brothers have the same dynamic or will there be something else there? Honestly, I don’t know if Sam, after being in the hell prison, and Dean, after being with Lisa, can go back to the way they were because apparently this season takes place some time after the end of the last….it’s going to be weird no matter what happens.

3) Is the devil really in the box still if Sam is out? Did God (Chuck) let Sam out? What the hell is happening with the moving forces of the world?

I honestly don’t know what is going to happen. However, I still wait to see what will is to be. Will it end like the fourth season of Heroes where I thought WTF? Or will it have another fate and still be as good? Only time can tell.

Written by barryr22

September 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Supernatural Deals with the Devil *Spoiler Alert*

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So, all of you Supernatural fans out there, tonight is the season finale (as it is scheduled to be). I am on the edge of my seat to see what happens with Sam and Dean. As some of you may know from my earlier posts, I got involved with the show at the end of last year and watched up to the end of season 4 over Christmas break. I was very much enthralled.

Now, they are at the end of the road and must face down the devil. If you’ve been keeping up, over the past season, they have fought the four horsemen of the apocalypse, tangled with the Croatoan virus, met a bevy of gods (little g because they pagans), and have fought with each other to come to this. Tonight, they will face Satan. What will happen as they try to throw him back in the cage that Sam sprung him from. Will they truly be able to do it or will they leave us waiting anxiously for the next season? Silly me, I have already ruined a part of the episode for myself because I read the imdb.com page (don’t read the episode summary unless you want to have something ruined for yourself as well).

As the final minutes and hour up till the “end” count down, I will continue to ponder what is going to happen with this series. Originally, it was slated for only 5 seasons, but with season 6 already promised, it makes me wonder what they might do next. Is Sam really going to be able to trap the devil or is Dean going to have to hunt him in the next season to finish the devil off? Who knows? All I can expect is that this season finale will leave me going “Oh Shit!” just like all the others (hopefully anyway). So, enjoy the show. I know that I will.

The Power of Good Writing

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With the overflow of new creative works coming into being each day, it’s a wonder that so much of it gets acclaim for being “good” writing. In fact, most of it that is considered “good” writing is quite mediocre in comparison to some of the greats. However, that being said, there are some literary based works that have come out within the past little while that have caught my attention and intrigue me even more each day.

There are many television shows that have come out in the last several years that rely heavily upon the writing. In the midst of the Reality TV storm, shows like Heroes, Pushing Daisies (although it was canceled), Supernatural (the writing is good for what it is…a realationship between two brothers), Dexter, and many others astound me because they play with words and dialogue. Their sheer quality astounds me because up until recently the plot driven, story-based program has been crippled by the frugality and quick production time of the reality shows. I’m glad that good tv is starting to be back on the air because honestly there are few reality tv programs that I can stand.

My main example of amazing writing  is the musical Next to Normal which follows the mental breakdown of Diana, a suburban housewife, and the effects of this on her family. I will openly admit that I have become a little obsessive about the musical. For the past few weeks (ever since I saw it in New York), I have listened to at least selected songs from it…some multiple times. However, it’s because the writing and the music itself have so many layers that each time I listen I gain something more. The word choice is immaculate, and the themes, both musical and verbal, are quite awe-inspiring because they do something that a lot of writing/music nowadays doesn’t do. They make you think. They make you have to mentally interact with them to create their meaning instead of putting everything out there from the beginning. Each time I have listened to N2N, I have started to understand more of the subtext and am allowed another peek into the ethereal realm that it delves into…the unseen…Amazing writing does this…it makes us think.

Good writing whether in TV, novel, play, music, etc. should take us to places that make us think. It shouldn’t leave us feeling like we’ve reveled in the squalor (like many reality tv shows do). I hope that over the next few years we see an emergence of more clever, creative, and wonderful writing and that the crappy stuff saunters towards extinction…

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April 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Supernatural

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So, a series that came to my attention over Christmas because it was on sale at Wal-Mart and because I am a nerd in a big way when it comes to television shows that deal with the supernatural/sci-fi (Buffy, Dollhouse, Dead Like Me, etc.). However, after watching the first season, I was pleasantly surprised and went out to buy the remaining 3 seasons on DVD.

There are a few things that make this series “watchable” to me. I won’t say that it’s the best series that I’ve ever watched, but overall, it is the fun of the series that makes me attracted to it. The series is about two guys, Sam and Dean Winchester (Brothers), who are on a hunt for the yellow-eyed demon who killed their mother when they were just kids. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play these two brothers, and they have amazing chemistry as the older/younger brother thing comes into play quite often. Their banter back and forth while riding in their ’67 Impala or just sitting in a hotel room makes the show enjoyable to anyone who has ever had siblings.

The stories are also very intriguing to myself. They are based in ghost stories, folklore, myth, and legend from all over the globe. They somehow stay true to the heart of these legends while giving it their own spin which gives it credit in my book (because I despise those who misuse legends/myth flippantly).

The thought that went into making the series also astounds me. It is clear after watching the first 4 seasons that there was some real thought put into the whole of the series before the first episode was ever made. They bring several story arcs that seem to be independent of each other back together to create a cohesive whole. Also, the series never ceases to intrigue me because they are constantly pulling new myth and legend together.

Overall, I would have to say that the show is enjoyable and that I would recommend it to anyone that needs to get their “supernatural” fix as it were. So, go grab the DVDs, sit back, and enjoy the show.

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January 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm