From there, the show just gets better. Jaye begins to help people, despite her desire to simply retreat into her own life. The situations are creative and funny and offer ridiculous amounts of entertainment. Wonderfalls is simply wonderful at blending comedy and drama, at being incredibly entertaining while also touching on the restlessness and lack of purpose in life that people in their twenties often experience.
The show was guided by the very talented, very steady hand of Tim Minear. He started out on Angel, writing some of that show's best episodes. Based on his stellar work there, Joss Whedon then tapped him to be the co-showrunner for Firefly, Whedon's sci fi/western that also died far too early a death on Fox.
The good news now is that all thirteen episodes of Wonderfalls--nine of which were never aired--are being released on DVD today. The box set not only has the complete slate of thirteen episodes in anamorphic widescreen, but it also has six commentaries and a couple featurettes.
Luckily, Minear approached Wonderfalls with the understanding--after his experiences with Firefly--that the show might not make it past its initial thirteen episode order. Therefore, according to early reviews of the DVD set and Tim Minear himself, the thirteen episodes of Wonderfalls are essentially a self-contained and complete story, wrapping up loose ends nicely.
If you missed Wonderfalls, now is the chance to correct your mistake. It's a brilliant show that you will almost surely not regret watching. If you watched and loved those four episodes, it's time to see the other nine. Personally, I can't wait to see what happens with Jaye.
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