Too much of everything
Very interesting film. Was caught on the premise when seeing the trailer but unsure as to what the outcome would be for the showing. As it turns out, it was a very good film.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Luke Jon Gibson
Why does ABC seem to cancel only good shows? It seems shows where you have to show the slightest bit of patients while a story line unfolds seem to bore an American public. The only show ever to escape that seems to be Lost. But the last episode of that was a real let down. At least in the 8 episodes they had of Happy Town, they left you enough to make up your own conclusions of what happened. (now i just found out Leslie Nielsen is dead too!) Man this day sucks, I thought the overall acting in this was great, and the camera work was fantastic for the most part, really helped build the atmosphere, I guess one of the only mistakes this this series made is not getting into the really good stuff in the first 2 or 3 episodes. Maybe then it would of held peoples attention more. Overall I gave this a 9/10 I saw one review compare this to twin peaks and I agree the similarities are unmistakable and had even thought the same thing myself. Personally I believe this could of gotten one up on twin peaks had it been allowed to unfold, although it didn't have the cult classic feel of strangeness Twin Peaks did, it felt more immersive and i felt a lot more in touch with the characters then Twin Peaks. As stated before such a shame this was canceled. Why can't the cancel ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives or other similar shows for once?
One of the great things about this series is the depth of the plot. Sure, there is plenty of character development and great acting from the cast but this would have been moot if not for the dark underbelly the town of Haplin has. After seeing the first 7 episodes I am happy to say that I can't wait to see more, which is sadly something I cannot say for most of the new shows coming out this season. My favorite characters are Farmer and Grieves, two intriguing dude with their own unique back-story. Their are other characters that offer their own wackiness, but these two help drive the plot forward. In this sense these two are great tools for the writers, allowing the story to move forward and other characters to learn more about what is going on. One of my only annoyances in this story is how bad the police of Haplin are. Sure, it is a small town, but you'd hope that the cops would be competent enough not to compromise a crime scene and corrupt evidence. Perhaps it is more a reflection on the nature of small-towns, but I think I'd prefer to move out if the police were as incompetent as those guys. In spite of this, it does add a certain amount of comedy to the story. In conclusion, I love this series because of the numerous mysteries yet undiscovered. It is these mysteries that give the story life and a place for the series to go after the first season is over.
Every once in a while, a show comes along that promises to be a break from the norm - a show that makes you think and second guess your assumptions with each scene. Sometimes, these shows can be annoying because they tend to be plot less efforts at eye candy. But Happy Town wasn't one of them. It was one of the good ones - and ABC executives have decided in their infinite wisdom that shadows over the common man to pull the plug on this show.This is why I don't trust the broadcast network hierarchy, and why I stick to satellite television reception. And it really doesn't matter which one you watch, either. ABC, NBC, and CBS all have the same mantra - premier a great show on a bad night, show two episodes, wait a few weeks until everyone forgets what happened, show a few more episodes, then cancel the show due to "bad ratings." Hello? What did you think was going to happen? Happy Town never had a chance. And it's a shame that good writing is wasted on the netherworld of broadcast stuffed-shirt politics.
This is the most entertaining show I've seen in a long time. Now I can only hope that they can keep what the creators of HAPPY TOWN have done up and running.The similarity to TWIN PEAKS is obvious, with a huge commercial bakery standing in for the mill. The action starts out with a (surprisingly graphic) murder and then begins introducing the cast of very strange characters.Better yet, this is clearly an homage to the giallo genre, the Italian slasher films. Young woman on her own trying to solve a mystery? Check. Creepy settings? Check. A man lacking in self confidence trying to act as an authority figure and restore order? Check. Story element tied to the arts? Check. Long running disputes with hidden motives going way back? Check. Smart people doing stupid things that violate all the rules of common sense? Check. Elderly women, who sometimes act as a chorus in commenting on the action? Check.Better yet, the camera work is pure giallo. The lightning is atmospheric, creating a sense of lurking menace. And the color is as saturated as can be. Scenes are often bathed in blue or green light to heighten the mood.Since the network has given us this show and FLASHFORWARD this year, ABC can be officially forgiven for having created and unleashed DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and GREY'S ANATOMY on an unsuspecting world.