Saturday, September 20, 2008

Twitch City

or How I am a Television Show.
The late 1990's brought a stunning new idea to the Canadian viewer; a show that showed how life was becoming so surreal that it blurred the lines between what we watched and what we were.
Twitch City ran for only two short seasons, but created not only a large and loyal fan base but turned the sitcom on it's head. With episodes like "Planet of the Cats" we saw the old idea of television storylines like group fear and dream sequences mixed to deliver an underlining point of view.( The only episode in the series where the "Rex Reilly show" was not a violent part of things. )
Mixing cartoonish reality with a talk show mentality we saw issues like revenge, loneliness, lust, disgust, racism, cults and depression.

I don't know if my personal love of this series has more to do with the fact I used to be in Television myself, or the fact that I used to be a Television Addict like the lead character Curtis. (my cure was to go cold turkey and get rid of the cable) But I also found myself identifying with the character of Hope at different points of the show. (does she fall for him cause even though he seems like the wrong guy he is the right one or cause he's all she knows?)

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