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Thursday, July 07, 2005

A Great Show That Nobody Watches (But Should)


INSIIIIIIIIIIIDE!

So… there’s a really great television show on right now and I thought I’d share my thoughts about it. Yes, that’s how bored I am. I see a good television show on, in the summertime, and I feel I have to share it with the world. And when I say “the World” I mean Jordan. And possibly people who click onto my site thinking it’s some kind of horror thing and they’re going to get to see gore. Or boobs. Or boobs covered in gore (sexy). Or something. Anyway…

The show I love is called “The Inside.”

Back-story: The show was co-created by Tim Minear. Tim Minear is a super-genius who worked on “The X-Files” before working on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” and “Angel” (he did the great season 4 finale which put Angel in charge of Wolfram & Hart). He then moved onto running the brilliant but under-seen “Wonderfalls.” Howard Gordon, who originated a little show (maybe you’ve heard of it, I don’t know) called “24,” also helped with “The Inside’s” inception. [Editor’s note: Alliteration is fun!]

So, its got a pretty high pedigree right off the bat It’s kind of like “Silence of the Lambs,” except weekly and episodic and all that. It’s different from the other police procedurals (“CSI,” “Law & Order: SUV,” “Spooky Synonym: Major Metropolitan City”) because it’s actually good and scary. And the cast is really excellent (Minear brought members of “Firefly” and “Wonderfalls” to be a part of his new project, and we all thank him), and the characters are all truly wonderful. It centers around an FBI unit that hunts truly sick killers; its newest recruit a victim of a horrible kidnapping at the age of 10.

But what makes this show so super-fucking-exciting great is that it’s fearless. FEARLESS. Last week’s episode involved a psychotic nine year-old girl, and this week we were treated to two hours of gruesome crime solving. One case involved a sinister suicide hotline and the other was about a killer who cuts out his victims’ hearts (presumably not due to any impending medical condition). Every episode is full of great character moments as well as shockeroo plot twists, and the final moments of this week’s episode showed us both: the leader of the FBI task force (played by Peter Coyote, a.k.a. The Voice of Oscar - wasn't that bizarre?) resigns, with hints next week that he will become truly villainous. Oowee can’t wait!

Of course, television this good is of course doomed and on a recent posting on his official website, Tim Minear all but sounded the show’s death knell (or rattle, whichever). He said that Fox had not optioned the cast members for another season, even though they were really cheap, so that means no more “The Inside.”

Instead, look for three more “Law & Orders,” two more “CSI”s and maybe another “Friends” spin-off. “Marcel the Monkey,” perhaps?

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