I'm a little sad that I missed it the first time 'round, but only a little. I've been watching it on the computer rather than the TV, and I'm not sure if that experience changes it or if it was just that the show was that good, but I am enthralled with this show.
The creator also did "Wonderwalls" and "Heroes", BTW.
The characters in the show-- there's something of an ensemble cast-- are somehow deeper than they seem. While they all have quick-sketch exteriors, they all have moments that let you know there is more there, there is a depth and sensitivity. Beautifully acted too. Cancelled after the second season.
Ellen Muth, who plays Georgia (the main character) has stolen my heart. Her relationship with Rube (Mandy Patinkin) is this awesome mix: he's a weird combination of father, mentor, and friend, with this weird combination of hard-ass and Buddha that he sells perfectly, probably the best charater I've ever seen him do. She is this mix of lost and vulnerable while still strong that makes my heart do flippy things, though she really had to grow on me. Hard to explain without sounding like a total stalker-freak, but I'm surprised at the strength of her acting.
The storytelling is compelling, intelligently written, dealing with lovely life lessons without hitting you over the head.
I have this weird gushy feeling between Rube and Georgia. Deep and conflicted. It's like I've fallen for both of them-- the characters-- and I'm sad to see them go.
A show that can touch me that deeply has something solid in it. Normally when I'm watching a show or a movie, there is a part of my brain that is dealing with the technical aspects, the logistics of how a sequence was put together, how it was lit, how the camera moves. When a show can keep me absorbed enough that I don't even think about it until afterwards, it's a serious compliment to the makers.
I need to at some point look deeper into this show, dissect the storytelling and find out what makes it so bloody compelling.
But not right now. Right now I'm feeling a little lost and vulnerable, like the loves of my life have walked off into the sunset together, and I need to mourn a little first.
Perhaps this has some deeper meaning.