Saturday, May 8, 2010

TV & Movies: Come On Get Happy

First of all, I have to apologize for the delay in posting, and for missing the past few Mondays.  I have had a number of Monday issues of late, and will be changing the schedule accordingly since I need to spend most of my Mondays getting stuff ready to take to the Dump on Tuesday (I'm sure you really wanted to know that).  Anyway, on to more interesting subjects...

A few weeks ago, advertisements began cropping up for the new ABC show, Happy Town.  Buzz started up, and most of us groaned and dug in for Harper's Island redux, irritated and annoyed by what blatantly seemed like another try at making an edgy little limited season mystery story.  Thankfully, while last season's hacker's delight was a predictable, tedious, over-wrought bloodbath, Happy Town is cut from quite different cloth.

With a look and feel reminiscent of early Stephen King or Peter Straub, Happy Town seeks to blaze a new trail in the supernatural and horror genres.  When asked to describe the show, I often tell folks to imagine a town from any Stephen King book.  Now imagine that instead of the town burning down at the end of the book, the strange events just stop, and the people of the town just try to go back to living their lives and they forget the horrors of what happened.  The problem is that you cannot ignore the past, because eventually it will come back to get you.

With only two weeks into the show, we really don't have much in the way of information, but what we are learning is all about the dynamics of the characters.  In a town full of secrets, where nothing is as it seems and everyone has a few skeletons in their closets, the introduction of outside elements to disrupt things makes for even greater drama.  Of course, you cannot really go wrong with a show where the sheriff cuts off his own hand while muttering gibberish.

I would definitely head over to and check out the first two episodes.

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