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"John Doe" is a fascinating show with characters that are surprisingly real for such a surreal work.
Begin with John himself, a man with total personal amnesia yet he knows virtually everything else! If you suddenly understood complex mathematics and statistical probability, wouldn't you use that knowledge to get rich? John does. Newly rich, Doe also acquires an identity so that he can have a life while he tries to find his old one.
Encountering a missing child's image, he begins a quest to help police find her, initially believing that she must be connected to him, for he sees her in color despite being color blind.
Who is John Doe? He's a real guy, wanting a nice place but quick to help other's when he can.
Surrounding Doe are a cast of characters, including Lt. Jamie Avery, a tough policewoman who questions Doe's helpfulness; Hayes, a police officer who sees Doe as a valuable ally and possibly a friend; Digger, a bar owner with a philosophical nature hidden by a gruff exterior; and Karen, a vibrant eighteen-year-old art student who might prove John's best chance of regaining his lost memory
If you enjoyed the surrealistic "Twin Peaks", or were a fan of the less dour episodes of "The X-Files", give "John Doe" a chance. You might find yourself liking the man, even if you don't know who he really is.
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