skieswideopen (skieswideopen) wrote,

30 days of TV meme: Day 01

Since everyone else is doing it too...

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled

Firefly, of course, mostly because I want to know what deep dark secrets Joss Whedon buried in everyone's past. But that's a common wish, so I'll go with a less obvious one instead.

It's a Canadian show about a centuries-old man who made a bad decision when he was young, and is now seeking redemption for the immense suffering that came about because of his decision. The limitations of his condition mean he's forced to pull away from the mortal woman who's rapidly falling in love with him for fear of endangering her, and every week we get flashbacks showing events from his past that are somehow related to his current situation. No, not that show.

The Collector aired for three seasons between 2004 and 2006. The main character is Morgan Pym, an ex-monk born in Nuremburg, Germany in 1322. As a young man, Morgan sold his soul to the devil in order to bring back the woman he loved after she died of the Bubonic Plague. They got ten years of happiness together, and then the devil came to collect on his end of the deal. But instead of sending Morgan to hell, he offered him a new deal: if Morgan would help the devil collect souls from other people whose deals were up, he'd be allowed to stay on Earth.

Fast forward to 2004. Morgan's now assigned to Vancouver, collecting his weekly quota of souls. (Well, really only one soul per week. He has a lot of free time. Especially since he doesn't sleep.) And then one day he's inspired by one of his clients to make a new deal: he gets forty-eight hours to help each of his clients try to make amends for all the damage their deals have caused. If they succeed, they get to avoid hell and go on living. And so Morgan gets to spend his days trying to help others achieve redemption, knowing there's almost no chance he can do the same for himself.

The shows had its share of flaws, and some parts that didn't really make sense (like the devil's motivation for agreeing to this new deal). But the creators say they had a plan, and I want to know what it was. The devil on the show is portrayed as so clever and powerful that it's clear he has to be getting something out of this deal, and I want to know what, and how it twists back on Morgan, and whether Morgan actually finds a way to outsmart the devil in the end. Basically, I wish it had been around longer so I could have found out how it was supposed to end.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favourite childhood show
Day 14 - Favourite male character
Day 15 - Favourite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favourite mini series
Day 18 - Favourite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favourite kiss
Day 21 - Favourite ship
Day 22 - Favourite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death

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