Day Break

I hardly watch any broadcast TV at all, so shows tend to come and go without my notice, unless they're really popular in which case they simply come and go without me watching but with a cerain general awareness I'm missing something. I totally missed Firefly when it aired, and later enjoyed it on DVD. Somebody recently recommended last year's "Day Break" to me, so I borrowed it from a friend and watched the series over this past weekend.

It is great. Combine the mechanic of "Groundhog Day" with a taut crime thriller using Gene Wolfe's passion for detail, and you have this show. Everything, and I mean every last measly detail and every last person the main character meets ties into the story somehow, and it takes thirteen journeys through a single day to find out how.

I've been watching Joss Whedon's new show, Dollhouse on Hulu as new episodes air, and I find myself worrying that as virtuosic as it is so far, the series will only be "worth it" if the things I am seeing in each episode "pay off" in some fashion good or bad. The only way to know for sure is to keep watching or to wait until the end when people tell me. So far, it's doing very well, but it's not yet a sure bet. Let's say 85%.

Day Break is totally worth it. Watch it, take notes, indulge your geekery. It's an action/suspense show, but it is excellent speculative fiction and excellent fiction. Plus, it has Adam Baldwin in it.

I recently watched Drillbit Taylor specifically for the Adam Baldwin cameo. That totally wasn't worth it. Well, the cameo was worth it, just not the whole movie.

2009.03.24 at 12:00am EDT