His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.
What would you do if tomorrow's paper came to your door today? If you knew that you were going to die? Be lucky in love unlucky in life? That's what Gary Hobson has to ask himself every day. Gary Hobson is a stockbroker that got fired from his job and his wife found him uninteresting and kicked him out. You see it's quite simple. Everyday an orange cat comes to his door with the paper (a Chicago Sun Times). Gary doesn't know where it comes from. He did a bit of research and found out that a man named Lucis Snow, was an old typesetter and he had the paper before Gary. The day after Snow died, the paper came to Gary. Gary has two friends. Chuck Fishman, who has been best buds with Gary since college. Chuck wants Gary to give him the scores of games, winning lotto numbers, stocks, or even soap opera tips. Marrisa is Gary's blind friend who helps Gary make all the right choices. Written by
Unpretentious and simple yet complex and powerful; Early Edition achieves a balance few can approach.
There's something wonderfully unpretentious about this show; I'm not sure what it is exactly, it's one of those intangible things which makes a show memorable and leaves a smile on your face when you realise that in the past hour you've been really entertained.
With a combination of good acting, good writing and strong production it seems that it manages to convey its intentions without preaching, without being `in your face' and without screaming out loud. I always think of it as an `unpretentious little show' and find myself going to great lengths to see it; our dreadful local stations see fit to put it on at 3am on a Sunday morning (God only knows why when vastly inferior shows crowd more reasonable times, I wish we had a station like CBS here in Australia that puts these shows on at reasonable times as happens in the US).
The premise of the show (a man who receives tomorrow's newspaper today and has to do what he can to set things right that appear in the paper) is very easy to get into. This alone makes the show that much more accessible, I think that anyone who takes the time will be more than justly rewarded. I am very glad to see that the show is still running on CBS and I sincerely hope that it is with us for a long time to come. It's been going since 1996 and they don't seem to be running out of ideas which is always a good sign
All in all one of my top ten in the last decade or so, so good to see a show which doesn't rely on pretentiousness and glitter but on its own values and sheer quality of its writing, production and acting. Not only a must see but a must-return-to as well!
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