Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
D. Rockwell | Reston, VA | 10/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the first episode I was skeptical that this show would make it out of it's first few weeks. Tru spent too much time running about showing off that she could run (she eventually gets her own car). Thankfully this show was given enough time to work out the kinks and find it's pacing. By the time you hit the last six episodes you will be hooked.
My wife and I are very glad that we hung with this cult hit show. It may not have grabbed the biggest audience shares, but think about what shows it was competing with on Thursday nights last year. With "Friends" gone, "Survivor" just still being the same old same old, and the numbers for the apprentice dropping you now have the perfect excuse to give this show the chance it deserves. This is more than just a show for fans of "Buffy" and "Angel".
Year One of this show did what it needed to do. The first half of the season lets you explore a universe where it is possible for someone to go back one day and save someone's life. It helps you understand what makes Tru tick.
The second half of the season broadens that universe and shows that you may not have told about everything it has to offer and there are deeper mysteries to be explored. The last few episodes show that Tru Calling isn't just your typical good versus evil show. Tru Calling is about Tru struggling to understand her role in the world, discovering the truth about what has come before her, and assessing what means she must do to answer her "Calling".
Even if you don't get sucked in by the first few weeks please give this show a chance. If you have to, jump to the last 6 episodes (at least watch a few of the earlier episodes to get the flavor of the show and a feel for the characters). When Jason Priestley finally joins the cast for the end of the season you will get sucked into the storyline that until this point has been entirely one sided. Watch as the battle to save lives takes on it's own specially twist that will leave you wishing there were more episodes to watch. Hopefully there will be many more that are as gripping as these last 6 episodes (some of the best TV of the 2003-2004 season)."
If you love it - Save Tru Calling!
Faith | Gold Coast, Australia | 01/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The dvd box set provides the full 20 episodes filmed in Vancouver, a must have for any Tru Calling fan.
Commentary by cast and crew adds the extra dimension to this set, as well as many special features that really take the time to draw you into the world of Tru Calling.
Many buy dvd sets simply for the extras, and TC does not fail to please in that department.
However, (isn't there always a however?), Tru Calling has only been able to film 6 of it's contracted 13 episodes for season 2 (Fox had cut the contract for episodes in half). Fox has called for Tru Calling's set to 'fold and hold' (ie. put in storage, of which many TV shows never come out of) and at this point in time, a new show is set to air in Tru Calling's time slot and has not been scheduled for Fox to run in its January line up.
This is where the fans of this wonderful show need to step up to the plate and not let this become part of the wash as Fox cuts its way through more pilot shows. You can show your support of this show in one of a number of ways:
1. Visit www.supporttrucalling.com to find the address of Fox to formally acknowledge your wish for this show to remain on the air and to be picked up for a full season;
2. Visit the above website and request the WB pick up Tru Calling for a full second season (rumour has it there have been talks);
3. If all else fails, the sales of Tru Calling season 1 dvd will be an indication of whether or not the 6 episodes of season 2 will be packaged and sold on dvd - if there's enough sales, fans will at least see the 6 episodes made.
Those who have seen the ending (of which I'm not gonna spoil here) know this show can take off.. if only a network will give it the chance."
One of my favorite shows
Mitch Weaver | Houston, TX | 08/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a huge fan of Eliza Dushku's ever since I first saw her play the character Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, when I first heard about her new show Tru Calling, I was extremely skeptical. Not only because the show looked ridiculous, but also because of the fact that FOX has a tendency to cancel their new shows. Anyone who was a fan of John Doe or Fastlane knows what I am talking about. Out of my loyalty to Eliza, I decided to give the show a chance. After watching the pilot episode, I was geniunely suprised that I found myself anticipating the next episode. As the show went on, I found myself liking it more and more each week. But as good as the show was throughout the season, it becomes flat out addictive after Jason Priestly joins the cast. When the season finally ended supplying one of the best cliffhangers I have ever seen, I was blown away at how good the show turned out to be. In my opinion, Tru Calling was the best show on television last year after Smallville. Both Alias and 24 that offered superior seasons in the past, failed to produce a third season that could match the first season of Tru Calling.
The concept behind the show is one that is both unique and interesting. While there have been shows where the main character helps people before, this was the first show that I have seen where a dead person gets a second chance at life by asking for help. Watching Tru relive a particular day to stop a person from dying with such little to go on, is really suspenseful. Each week, the show manages to supply a "race against the clock" type feel. The performances in this show are suprisingly good. Eliza is not only beautiful, but she is great in the role of Tru as well. Zach Galifianakis is superb as Tru's boss Davis. Since Davis knows what Tru can do, he helps Tru with each mission and the interaction between them is great. Jason Priestly comes in with only six episodes left, but is fantastic in the role and he did such a good job that he was kept on as a regular character for the second season. Shawn Reaves is also very entertaining as Tru's younger brother Harrison. While I enjoyed the entire first season of Tru Calling, episodes that worth mentioning are - "Brother's Keeper", "Two Weddings and a Funeral", "Daddy's Girl", "Two Pair", and "D.O.A."
If there was ever a show worth buying on DVD, it is definately Tru Calling. The set is worth owning just for the episodes themselves, but the extras only make it that much better. There is three featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.
A solid 5 stars...
Tru Calling : Is Destiny a Reality?
T. McGhee | 08/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of people either love or hate this show. I love it, but can't seem to say why. Is it the fact that Tru could be any of us? Just a regular girl, trying to make her way with her makeshift family, thrown into an incredible situation and given an incredible gift to make a difference in people's lives.
Tru Davis is a college graduate who hopes to become a doctor someday. When she was young she witnessed her Mother's murder and at her Mother's funeral her Mother spoke to her. No one believes her and she later on believes that it was all just in her child's imagination.
However, when she gets a job a the county morgue to get experience in the medical field on her first night one of the victims of a murder calls to her for help and in that moment her day rewinds and she must relive the whole day, and somehow right the wrong that was done. This is the theme of the show. She goes to work and someone who died before his/her time calls to her for help and she has from the beginning of that day to right the wrong that happened.
Tru is a strong woman trying to make a difference and trying to help people. Not because it is her job, not because they are close to her, but because they are human beings who need help. Enough said. Too many people these days hesitate to help a stranger, but Tru is an inspiration to us all. Get involved and if there is someone who needs help and you can help them, do it.
I love the characters in this show. None of them are perfect, but they are all original in thier own way. Sure there are some time paradoxes that happen, but that is not what the show is really about. No show can tackle time travel without running into problems making it work for the story.
What this show is about is the people and it always hits it's mark!"