Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Tru Calling - The Complete Second Season|
Actors: Eliza Dushku, Zach Galifianakis, Shawn Reaves, Jason Priestley, Liz Vassey
Directors: Dan Lerner, Guy Norman Bee, Jesús Salvador Treviño, Michael Katleman, Rick Rosenthal
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
2-Disc Collector?s Edition Contains All 6 Season Two Episodes! It?s been two months since Tru and Jack last met in a deadly confrontation in which Tru saved the life of her brother, but she was ultimately thwarted when Ja... more »
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Tru Calling Ended Too Soon
Lauren H. Lavine | Cleveland, Ohio | 02/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved the premise of the show. This woman has the ability to save lives and does everything she can to, to the detriment of her own personal life does so. Eliza Dushku is a great actor and highly underrated. I loved her on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and she continues to prove her talent in Tru Calling. Shawn Reaves is talented and adds not just drama but certain type of comic relief. Jason Priestly, what can I say that hasn't already been said. He's not only extremely talented, but incredibly charming. He's got what they call in Hollywood the "it" quality. Rob Duncan who scores the show does a wonderful job. He did the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it what an amazing work of art. He is quite the musical artist. I bought this DVD set without ever having seen any of it on television, trusting that the casting and creative people behind the scene would be enough for me to be assured that I would like it. Not only do I like it, but I love it. My only regret is that they didn't give the show a fair chance. It still had a lot of room for more great story telling and character development. You won't be wasting your money on this set Seasons one and Two."
If Only We Could Go Back And Save This Show
Andrew | Chicago, IL, USA | 08/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I guess that I should be thankning FOX for even producing these six episodes, let alone airing and releasing them. At the end of the first season, ratings were low, and I, along with all the other Tru Calling fans out there, were sure that it would be cancelled. But it wasn't. FOX decided to give the struggling show a second chance now that Friends (which aired at the same time) was ending. However, after only six episodes were produced, FOX decided to pull the plug, and put on a different show instead. Months later, after the show was cancelled due to poor ratings, the network decided to fill the timeslot by airing these episodes.
Anyway, Luc (Matthew Bomer) has been dead for a few months now. Tru (Eliza Dushku), Harrison (Shawn Reaves), and Davis (Zach Galifianakis) have continued to work together in order to save the lives of people who post-mortemly ask Tru for help. And Jack (Jason Priestly), who is Tru's opposite, is nowhere to be found. Jack tries to make sure that the bodies that ask for Tru's help stay dead when both of their days rewind. Anyway, Harrison has given up his old life of gambling and scamming, and has chosen to go straight in life with a normal job. Soon, Tru and Harrison's father Richard Davies (Cotter Smith), who was last seen working with Jack against his children, has moved back into the city where they live (still unnamed) in order to "get closer to his kids". He even offers Harrison a job at his law firm. Around the same time as Richard's arrival comes Jack's return, and the game is on again.
Jack indirectly caused the death of Tru's old boyfriend Luc, which has caused their already bitter relationship to escalate to new levels of hatred. Each member of Tru's team brings something different to the table; Tru has some detective skills, Harrison has certain connections, and Davis is the overall brains of the group. Jack has his own team, including Richard and Dr. Carrie Allen (Liz Vassey), who acts as a mole within Tru's group.
This year, however, Tru must also deal with medical school. Davis pulled some strings which allowed her to audit med school classes this year, so when she isn't saving people's lives, she's studying to become a doctor. With her old friend Lindsay (A.J. Cook) in Europe with her new husband, Tru makes new friends with fellow students Avery (Lizzy Caplan), Tyler (Parry Shen), and Jensen (Eric Christian Olsen), who begins to take Luc's place in her heart.
Stories this year were formatted slightly differently than last year. In Season 1, the rewind usually didn't occur until the end of the first act of the episode. This year, about half of the rewinds happened at that point of the episode, while the other half occured at the end of the teaser, making the rewind day's time in the episode significantly longer than the "Day 1" portion. Also, throughout most of S1, Tru only had to work against time and skepticism. Now she has Jack to compete with, and he firmly believes in what he is doing. I see him as a bit of a misunderstood character. While Tru is clearly the protagonist and the hero, I don't think that it's right to call Jack a villain. He just has a different point of view than Tru does. While Tru thinks that the bodies who ask for her help weren't supposed to die, Jack believes that they were, and are trying to cheat fate, and when fate is messed with, there are dire consequences.
Sadly, we never get to see those consequences pan out, and from what I've found online, one of them is a real doozy (although, it occurs because Tru breaks a major rule). There were so many good storylines going when the show ended: What will Tru and Harrison do when they find out the truth about their father? What will Davis do when he finds out he's being played? What happened to a certain character after Tru wrongfully saved him? Who is right, Jack or Tru? Sadly, we may never get these answers.
While S1 was very good, these episodes were superior in most ways. The cast was trimmed down to the essentials (the third Davies sibling was nowhere to be seen this year), the actors were getting comfortable with their roles, and the stories were getting a lot better. It's too bad that this show was cancelled. With any luck, there will be some sort of movie, similar to Firefly/Serenity, but it's a longshot. At least what we got was great."
I hope another network gives this show a second chance
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 01/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never caught season one of this show when it was on television, but instead when Fox asked me to review the season one set for DVD. At that point Fox seemed to be playing up the release of that season as season two was set to appear in the fall. Then fall came and went and I was confused by the fact that this show which had proved to watchable and became addicted to over the course of reviewing the first season was nowhere to be found on the schedule. The first few episodes would eventually find their way on TV, but months after Fox had decided to cancel it. It is hardly surprising therefore that they did not invest the same energy in promoting the second season.
It really is a shame that Fox pulled the plug on this entertaining show just as the second season was gathering steam. It's such a great show and Eliza Dushku (Faith from BUFFY and Arnie's daughter from TRUE LIES) is so good in it. Dushku plays Tru Davies, a medical student who works at the morgue to help pay her way through Medical school. She learns that she has the power to relive the previous day and save people from death. However countering her efforts is Jack (played by Jason Priestley) who is intent on keeping things the way they are and preventing Tru from completing her mission. They also tried to do some things different in these episodes, not resting on their success in the previous season.
I hope that soon another network will pick up Tru Calling and we will get more episodes in the future.
The Season 2 set contains the five episodes aired, one unaired episode and a making-of-featurette:
Ep. 1 - Perfect Storm: Jack returns and attempts to stop Tru from saving the life of a female Harbor Patrol Officer, who the previous day drowned answering an SOS. The tension is really ratcheted up here as the officer trusts Jack over Tru in the closing minutes.
Ep. 2 - Grace: Slightly different angle used in this episode as Tru finds herself in the unfamiliar role of fugitive, framed by Jack for the murder of a psychiatrist who was shot by one of his patients.
Ep. 3 - In the Dark: In another twist to the formula, Tru has no idea who has called for help when the lights go out during her surprise birthday party.
Ep, 4 - The Last Good Day: Yet another twist to the formula. Instead of trying to stop Tru from saving a life, this time it is Jack who must save the life of a girl he likes. He turns to Tru's father for advice after she asks him for help. This is my personal favorite episode of the second season and the scenes between Tru and Jack really crackle here.
Ep. 5 - Enough: Another great episode. When Tru's boss from the morgue Jensen is killed and does not ask for help Tru desperately tries to find another body in need of help so that the day will rewind and she can save Jensen.
Ep. 6 - T'was the Night Before Christmas...Again: In this unaired episode Tru's brother Harrison catches his father meeting with Jack after suspecting that his father was having an affair and Jack offers to help Tru save a life.
Special feature: Tru-Calling Opposing Forces - Making-of-Featurette"
Daring to be Different = Cancelled
M. Harbach | Boca Raton, FL | 10/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why is it that whenever a show breaks away from the precedents of molding the crime scene or ghost interacting moldings, they are quick to be cancelled? It was worse enough that CBS has decided to pull the plug on one of their best non-criminal based shows Joan of Arcadia after it took a dark turn with the series finale dealing with foreshadowing of Joan in the middle of good and evil, now they decide to cancel Tru Calling.
Yes, Tru Davies did talk to dead people. However, it wasn't in the Jennifer Love Hewitt/ Patricia Arquette formula where her purpose is to make them feel complete by solving their "unfinished business." No, Tru was meant to prevent their deaths, which is the twist that primetime TV needed.
The first season of Tru Calling seemed a little desperate to grab viewer's attentions, especially with the recurring role of Jack Harper (Jason Priestly) as her complete opposite. But the bickering between Jack and Tru, the race to either save a life or prevent it from being saved, is really what brought in those 4 million audiences. If there was a major complaint in the first season it is that Tru never seemed to reach a limit with Jack. Maybe it was because she is known as the fierce ass-kicking Faith in Buffy, but in the episode "Two Weddings and A Funeral," her encounter with Jack at the funeral lead me to thinking that she would ressurect her old Faith ways on Jack, but instead it was just verbal resentment - something I loathe when I know she can do some damange.
The second season showed much promise, as the stories got deeper as well as the character development. Harrison was on the verge of cleaning up his gambling life while stumbling across daddy's plans to prevent Tru from saving lives. We also saw Jack and Tru in an uncanny predicament where they both switch roles and Jack learns how it feels to lose a life. There was also more action like the first episode "The Perfect Storm" where we are actually shouting to the TV, "Save them, Tru." These ingredients would have really blossomed this show into the hit it was supposed to be.
Now that FOX has cancelled Tru Calling for show like Point Pleasant who fell off the map faster than a Jessica Simpson single, fans are now saying, "Save it, FOX!" Why not ressurect this witty and creative idea rather than following the same patterns that CBS has now been accustomed to. Rather than making the male equivalent to "Ghost Whisperer" (will James Marsters from Buffy be playing the lead role?) Let's stick to something original. But now that I mentioned it, giving James Marsters his own show isn't a bad idea. Can we say, "Spike" spinoff?"