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Finally! I know the name!, 5 June 2007

For years I have been trying to remember the name of this show, 'diezel and pasco' putting the final nails in the coffin for me ever remembering it correctly.

As said by the other reviewer, I remember it as a very funny show (I actually noticed Steve Frost on TV and Radio afterwards because of this series) in the ilk of Police Squad, but very British and with dead pan humour.

I seriously wish I could watch it again to see if it was as funny as I remember, and wish the BBC would release this... who knows, maybe one day!

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Dark and intelligent (possible spoilers), 27 June 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This was a good series. While on the surface it was a Gothic horror series set in the small town of Trinity, the most compelling thing about it was the character arcs.

The central protagonist was Lucas Buck, the sheriff, and he was undeniably evil and also more than slightly supernatural. But funnily, he was the moral centre of the story - albeit perhaps the wrong set of morals. He was the only one who never had to compromise or examine his principles. Meanwhile, those on his side, his deputy Ben and the school teacher Ms. Coombs, both had their arcs. Ben was deep down a good man without the strength of character to ever fully stand up to the sheriff. Ms. Coombs, while twisted, had her vulnerable sides that were explored later in the series.

As the main arc of the series was Buck's attempts to be accepted by Caleb, a boy he claims is his son, then opposed to him were Dr. Matt, who was a good man with a darker past, Gail Emory, Caleb's cousin and Merlyn, Caleb's dead sister. Each is tested and twisted by Buck as the show progresses.

In the middle was Caleb played superbly by Lucas Black. Buck's illegitimate son, his was the central arc as he rebelled against the sheriff then slowly began to explore his darker side and Buck's ways of thinking. Especially when those around him were distanced from him by their own inner conflicts.

Some of the best moments to show this conflict were when Merlyn decided to go after Buck more directly, using supernatural force. She infects those who were touched by him with a plague, and highlights how everyone was in some way corrupted when they all began to get sick. Another was on thinking he was dead, the town turn out for Buck's funeral. Half of them that he has helped are genuinely saddened by his loss. The other half, who have since had their favours called in, or who opposed him, instead spit on his grave.

While the shows themselves varied in quality, the overall arcs and characters and simple story of the contest between good and evil make it a must see. Gary Cole, who yes, I remember as the goodie-goodie from Midnight caller, is fantastically evil in it. There was a lot of morality in the stories, but it was nice to see that it wasn't always clear the right choice, or if there was a right choice, that you sympathized with a character who couldn't make it. And sometimes, even if a character did, it didn't necessarily turn out well for them! There was also some brighter themes on family, and some good chills along the way.

Definitely one you want to follow for the whole series, rather than dip into single episodes alone.

"Partners" (1995)
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Fantastically funny sitcom, 26 June 2004

This was buried for UK viewers in a dead slot on Sunday nights by Channel Four, instead of in the prime 'Friends' section of Friday night TV where it deserved to be. But that's OK, since it only had a single season in America anyway! The premise was simple - the show followed two people, Owen and Alicia, who were getting married, and their relationship. It also followed Owen and his best Bob, working partners. It showed the interactions with them all, of Owen trying to balance his two relationships, and of their relationships with some funny secondary characters, mostly Heather the accident prone secretary. The writing was sharp and very funny. Better yet, completely unpredictable, especially in the starting episodes. A plot, and the obvious jokes that would go with it, would suddenly be turned on their head by the second half.

There was nothing wrong with this show! Great actors, likable characters, and they weren't at a loss for good guests either (Jennifer Aniston even did a turn as Bob's girlfriend). Watch a few, especially the early ones, and I guarantee you will be hooked! Another one to be filed into the archives of 'why didn't this get renewed.' Still, at least it got a full 24 episodes and I managed to watch and tape them all!

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Why was this show cancelled?, 26 June 2004

This show, for UK viewers, was buried at, oh, 3am on a Saturday/Sunday morning on channel four. It was sheer fluke that I caught it, but so glad I did!

The idea of the show was that a person who had suffered an injustice that had gone unpunished would receive an anonymous note offering 'Vengence Unlimited'. They would then receive a visit from Mr Chapel, who would offer to help them get justice in exchange for either One million dollars, or, somewhere down the line, a single favour. Of course, none of the victims could afford that, so this left a very good trail of people in varying positions and authority to help right other people's wrongs later in the show.

The first episode followed a quest to set up the murderer of a mother, who was freed by a corrupt lawyer. Kathleen York's character was introduced as just another person who owes Chapel a favour for, Unlike the other people he had helped though, at the end of the first episode she tracked him down help him help others.

This was a good vehicle for Michael Madson, as he got to play his usual cool likable rogue but as a good guy, so not someone to be killed off at the end! The plots were intelligent, and it was always fun to try and work out how he would finally the bad guy. Another one to chalk up on the 'why did they cancel this?!' list.