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Happy Town
« on: April 28, 2010, 08:29:40 PM »
FINALLY..... someone does a series premier correctly!

I guess this is the show that ABC is hoping that will replace LOST in their lineup.    Anyway, I LOVED the premier.   Cast full of really good character actors, mystery introduced, hints at character back stories, really weird stuff, hints at characters you might actually care about.    Well done.

And the lovely Amy Acker...... SIGH.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 04:35:24 AM »
And the lovely Amy Acker...... SIGH.
And, all of a sudden, I might actually watch this show.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 08:23:54 AM »
I tivo'd it.  I'm really looking forward to seeing it.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 12:36:01 PM »
Wasn't bad.  It doesn't look like it'll last very long, so hopefully it'll get a chance to wrap up.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 04:09:33 PM »
Wasn't bad.  It doesn't look like it'll last very long, so hopefully it'll get a chance to wrap up.

You monster, why did you even put that thought in my head.



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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 10:02:57 AM »
I loved it as well!  Great writing (with one exception I'll get to below) and great casting.  A lot of great name actors in this and they all came to play.  The mysteries developed nicely.

I just wish the exposition hadn't been so forced.  That scene with the husband and wife and kid at the dinner table where the husband recapped their entire lives was totally painful.  "As you know, Bob, I've been posting here at Rifftrax for several years.  And as you know, Bob, I've done a couple Iriffs and I'm an indie filmmaker.  And as I know, Bob, you've got some kind of job where you take a lot of boring meetings and you're an all around cool guy.  And as you know Bob ..."

What the hell is THAT?  LMFAO

Fortunately, we only see it that bad in series pilots.  It's really hard to tell the audience what the hell is going on without that painful shit unless you use narration.  And if you use narration you're locked into that for the entire series.  But hopefully that's behind us now because I like the series.
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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 10:55:05 AM »
It really does make me think of Twin Peaks.  I kept waiting for Laura Palmer to turn up dead.  If they want to go that route, I sure hope they can deliver.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2010, 12:01:15 PM »
It really does make me think of Twin Peaks.  I kept waiting for Laura Palmer to turn up dead.  If they want to go that route, I sure hope they can deliver.

It did me too.   Of course, any movie or show set in that part of the country remind me of Twin Peaks.

I loved the CGE that showed the Bread Factory just LOOMING over the town like something from a Stephen King book.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2010, 12:21:18 PM »
I loved the CGE that showed the Bread Factory just LOOMING over the town like something from a Stephen King book.

It made me think of the lumber mill from Twin Peaks.

You know what they should do?  Get Zooey Deschanel on the show and give her an eye patch. (in case you didn't know, that lady from TP is Zooey's mom).


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010, 05:10:57 PM »
Ditto on the Twin Peaks vibe.  I really enjoyed it too.  I liked how the young girl who arrived in town seemed all sweet and innocent at first but as the show went on we saw that wasn't the case. I really liked her scene with Sam Elliott in the store.  Hopefully the show will continue to intrigue. 


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2010, 08:31:36 PM »
Ditto on the Twin Peaks vibe.  I really enjoyed it too.  I liked how the young girl who arrived in town seemed all sweet and innocent at first but as the show went on we saw that wasn't the case. I really liked her scene with Sam Elliott in the store.  Hopefully the show will continue to intrigue. 

I just received a call from the "american grizzled board" and they have asked me to ask you to stop referring to Sam Neill as Sam Elliot.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2010, 07:54:34 AM »
i loved this one too!



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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010, 08:16:43 AM »
Cool.  I forgot to watch this, though the commercials were intriguing.  Based on this discussion, I think I'll go see if it's on Hulu or abc.com.


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2010, 10:40:00 AM »
Ditto on the Twin Peaks vibe.  I really enjoyed it too.  I liked how the young girl who arrived in town seemed all sweet and innocent at first but as the show went on we saw that wasn't the case. I really liked her scene with Sam Elliott in the store.  Hopefully the show will continue to intrigue. 

I just received a call from the "american grizzled board" and they have asked me to ask you to stop referring to Sam Neill as Sam Elliot.

oops.  Funny.  I just watched the Jurassic Park Rifftrax with a few other folks and I think I called him Sam Elliot then too.  The funny part is that nobody corrected me.  I was the oldest person in the room so maybe nobody else knew his name. 


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Re: Happy Town
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2010, 12:24:09 PM »
I am so glad I'm not the only one who actually likes this show.  I also don't see it lasting though, which sucks... but I blame the promotion for that.  They really seemed to push it as if it was gonna be some big horror show, like an attempt at grabbing the Supernatural fanbase.  I honestly had NO idea what to expect when I watched it, but I was quite pleased.  I have been telling people that it's "as if Twin Peaks was made by Stephen King instead of David Lynch"

The production of it reminds me a lot of Point Pleasant, which is another show I was pissed when it was cancelled.

Anyways, if they push it better and actually promote it properly, I think it could do okay... but if not, then I can easily see it being cancelled... which would be a shame.
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