Posted by: mikecane | April 23, 2009

The Unusuals Series 1 Episode 4

Another change since episode three: the Voice of Dispatch was changed! It went from classic New York to a Lite FM version of New York.

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Detective Beaumont …

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.. gets the kind of Doom call many people get these days: Bill collector. I won’t spoil that plot point further.

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Sign inside a pawn shop.

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Banks has A Thing for a dispatcher (not Dispatch). I can’t spoil this one further, either. It has a very touching ending, though.

OK, here is why you should be watching The Unusuals, dammit:

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— tell me what TV series you watch that has had Vonnegut in it — at all!

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Poor hare-lipped Marvin — who Detective Walsh has busted many times — becomes the victim of heartbreak. He’s fallen in with a Crime Slut!

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Check it out: Sgt. Brown has wee astronaut figures on his desktop!

A Black Palm Centro has captured video of a zombie …

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… the video looked like it was actually playing on the Centro screen until they cut away and then back …

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… that is digital compositing.

Filming of this episode took place during the Christmas season. See breath vapor …

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… and the street star decoration at upper center:

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Sgt. Brown is well-read! He knew the plot of the Vonnegut book and referenced some classics too.

And Delahoy is pointed to the solution of the zombie by …

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… a fortune cookie! Fortune cookies were also an element in episode one!

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“I could never be a slut.”

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“How do you know, unless you try?”

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“I just have no interest in seeing that many penises.”

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“You ever have conjugal trailer sex, dude? It is insane!”

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The Crime Slut’s mother!

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Shraeger uses a Sidekick.

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“So, you had a busy day?”

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“Always. I had a promiscuous woman with a wedding fetish try to murder me with a shotgun. Ha-ha…”

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Delahoy reads from Vonnegut.

With this episode, the crew got more in the groove of things. The episode was tighter, packed with more situations, twisty, and was a great mix of humor and drama. And the music also improved over episode 3 too.

What’s gotten lost in the shuffle: Shraeger’s reason for being transfered to Second Squad!

So far, this series has not gotten winning ratings. In fact. episode three was fourth in its time period, losing to some repeats! That’s a shame. This is a very imaginative series that deserves to run until the audience finds it. I swept Twitter Wednesday evening and 99% of the tweets about it were positive. People had watched the other episodes and were looking forward to more. The acting is great, the writing makes me jealous, and there’s lots of surprises this series can deliver. ABC should really give it a chance, dammit.

And if you’ve missed the first three episodes, put some of your fat bandwidth at work to good use and watch it at ABC’s website! (Warning: ABC wants you to download a player to see repeats. That’s a dumb move. But this one is worth it. Go!)

And check it out! Follow the series and characters on Twitter:

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CaseyShraeger
DetJasonWalsh
EricDelahoy
LeoBanks
DetHenryCole
AllisonBeaumont
HarveyBrown

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