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I've been watching Twitch City and I just don't get it. I just... don't. This makes me sad because the impression that I got from Canada fandom was that it's well worth watching. So, yes, I'm disappointed and wondering why I'm not getting it...

I'm six episodes in, halfway in other words, and as of this point, I can't get past Curtis being a lazy selfish money-obsessed manipulator, Hope is a nitwit with a pathetic faith in the niceness of other people, Nathan is just plain horrible and I suspect that I only found Newbie unobjectionable because he's played by Callum Keith Rennie.

So - HELP!! If you love Twitch City, please PLEASE fill me in on what makes it appeal to you. Does it all come together in the next six episodes? And is there more Callum or have we seen the last of Newbie? Because I am dangerously close to saying WTF and abandoning it in favour of something more rewarding. Gah.

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Date: 2007-10-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm. If you're six episodes in and you're still not liking it... hmmm. (Did you watch "I'm Fat and I'm Proud"? With the Cat Food Dance? And Hugh staring balefully while chewing gum? And the Total TV Skills match? I love that episode.) Tell you what: try "Shinto Death Cults" (which is, I think, 2x02, though I'm not 100% sure). If that's not for you, it might be best to move on.

I will say that I always sort of hesitate to pimp the show to people, because Don McKellar's humor definitely has its own unique flavor, and it's not for everyone. And it's also definitely the kind of show where unless you find the characters endearing despite their flaws--especially Curtis--it'll be a long slog. I mean, no way should I have any sympathy for Curtis, he is the worst roommate and boyfriend EVER. But he is kind of earnest, in his way, and I do think he's trying, with Hope, even though what's a huge effort for him is bare minimum for most people. And I love Hope, despite her issues, and Newbie is just Callum in all his dorktastic glory and I have no resistance to that, so. It's pretty balanced for me. But I can totally see where it would strike other people differently.

I'm sorry you're not liking it! :( But fortunately there is lots of other 6deg media for you to enjoy if TC is not for you. :)

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Date: 2007-10-17 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, and to answer your question, no, you haven't seen the last of Newbie. He's not in every episode, but he's definitely around. :)

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Date: 2007-10-17 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
That wouldn't be one of the reasons why I'm going to persevere with it, oh no, not at all - whatever gave you that idea? ;)

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Date: 2007-10-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
ext_15621: The Pixel in a paper bag (ckr in hcl)
From: [identity profile]
On reflection, I do like bits of it. Like the catfood dance and Hugh being so completely unimpressed - baleful stare is a good way of describing it. Lesser beings than Newbie would have shrivelled up and died.

I want to like it, dammit. Part of the problem, I think, is that I had expectations. Rather high ones. And then the show comes along and instead of being happy that it's dorky and vaguely amusing, I'm sitting and moaning that it hasn't swept me off my feet...

I'll persevere for a bit. It may be that I'll enjoy the second season more, now that I have more idea what to expect (and what not to expect!). And even if I still don't get it to the degree I'd like to, well, hey, I'll always have the Cat Food Dance and Hugh's baleful gum-chewing Stare of Death. :)

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Date: 2007-10-17 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have unholy love for the Cat Food Dance. Hugh and Callum are so clearly thisclose to cracking up the entire time, and I adore it. It is possibly the happiest ten seconds of my fannish life. Because I HAVE A PROBLEM. Hee. (Did you see Hugh's EYES, though? Ngggh.)

But yes. The show is complete crack, basically--I remember saying to [ profile] sdwolfpup when we were first watching it, "You know, I don't really know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this." Hee. It's a brand of crack I can embrace, but I totally understand why it wouldn't work for everyone. And I think some episodes are much better than others.

Callum is very hot in "Shinto Death Cults." Just, you know. In case you were wondering. ;)

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Date: 2007-10-17 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe you have to be Canadian? XD

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Date: 2007-10-17 07:44 pm (UTC)
ext_15621: The Pixel in a paper bag (view_paradise's fraser)
From: [identity profile]
But I was doing so well at being an Honorary Canadian!

I'm polite, I have a number of Canadian friends, I'm watching lots of Canadian films and tv and listening to Canadian music, and my recent lust objects have all been Canadian.

And now you tell me Twitch City is the acid test.

I think I shall sulk.

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Date: 2007-10-18 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's not easy, being Canadian. ;~)


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