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Twitch City - The Complete Series
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Tony-winning writer/director/actor Don McKellar created this quirky non com (neither sit nor dot) that explores our collective addiction to television.
One of the most subversive sitcoms ever, Twitch City tells the discordant tale of Curtis (Don McKellar, Last Night, who also wrote the series), a stunted slacker who's emotionally incapable of leaving the apartment he shares with his despised roommate Nathan (Daniel MacIvor, The Five Senses). When Nathan is arrested for accidentally murdering a bum, Curtis seizes the opportunity to rent out Nathan's room and woo Nathan's neurotic girlfriend, Hope (the ever-delectable Molly Parker, Deadwood, Kissed)--so long as their romance doesn't interfere with watching lurid talk show The Rex Reilly Show (host Reilly was played by Kid in the Hall Bruce McCullough in Twitch City's first series, then by Kid in the Hall Mark McKinney in the second). The hero of this Canadian series is lazy, narcissistic, untrustworthy, and addicted to television, but that's not what makes Twitch City subversive; it's something far more slippery, something to do with the show's all-around unwholesome flavor--imagine, if you will, Three's Company as directed by David Lynch. Your average sitcom doesn't build entire episodes around mysterious pineapple almond cookies, cats controlling the world, or infestations of Nazis. Needless to say, many viewers will find this show repellent, but if you're the right person, Twitch City will scratch an itch you didn't even know you had. This dvd has all 13 episodes; the extras are minimal--a few commentaries and bios--but the show speaks for itself. Co-starring Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica, Hard Core Logo). --Bret Fetzer
- 13 episodes on two discs
- Commentary by Don McKellar and special guests
- Still gallery
- Cast and crew bios
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It is about Curtis, an agoraphobic TV addict whose favorite show is Rex Reilly, sort of a Canadian Jerry Springer. His uptight roommate ends up in prison, and Curtis and his roommate's girlfriend rent out the room to a series of very odd tenants in each episode. Oh, and their cat may be a re-incarnated Egyptian Goddess who can communicate telepathically (you have to see the show).
It is surprising how good such a basic premise ended up, but I think it's the characters that you really relate to in all their flaws (very well-portrayed by a talented cast). The series has an odd black comic tone, and is sometimes a bit sweet, and sad.
The series only lasted 13 episodes. I doubt the premise would have held up over more seasons, but there is a story arc through the episodes, with a satisfying conclusion.
My only criticisms about the dvd set are the video quality seems a bit grainier than I recall it being on cable, I'm not sure if it is the transfer or what. Also the commentary, only on a couple episodes, is pretty disappointing and doesn't add much. But these are very minor flaws, for a great show at a great price. Well worth the purchase!
Highly recommended! Buy it, watch it, give it to a friend!
CURTIS: You know that episode of Gilligans Island with the giant spider?
FAITH: Sure it traps them all in the cave.
CURTIS: Exactly! OK, so um as a viewer first of all I am asked to overlook the questionable science and accept that such a creature exists. THEN, I am asked to look beyond the costume, a small man kneeling in a canvas sack, and accept that what I am looking at is in fact a spider. Right? OK. Then finally I am asked to overlook the apatheic performances of the actors and accept that they are indeed so afraid that they are unable to outrun a spider, that moves about as fast as a small man crawling in a canvas sack. Well I say no.
CURTIS: Uh uh. I refuse to accept those things right. Cause what I see are seven actors trapped in a TV show that should have been cancelled long ago trapped there by me because I insist on watching despite the poor quality, and so, like in effect I am the spider. Really I am the spider.
If you are a Molly Parker fan (Deadwood), this is a good series to see her in an early leading role.
Callum Rennie (Battle Star Californication, Galactica) makes a few appearances as well as former Kids in the Hall members.
But I love Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie (as sweet and crazy as ever), and the rest are brilliant.
One gripe about the DVD: I wish it had subtitles, but that's a general desire I have, not specifically because of this show.
Very, very funny.
Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from "Kids in the Hall" take turns guest staring as crazy chat show host Rex Reily.
Fans of smart comedy like "Arrested Development" and "The Office" will appreciate this well written comedy.
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It worked on my Australian DVD Player no problems.