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Best series you've never heard of,
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This review is from: Charlie Jade - Complete Season 1 Box Set (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] (DVD)When the series Charlie Jade started on the FX channel I had a quick Google about the series and the title of this review was one of the things I found. Best Sci-fi series you've never heard of. Now I've watch the series I've got to say I agree 100%
The camera techniques used throughout the series and particularly its use of colours (each of the three universes or verses has their own feel, alpha where everything has a sickly green tinge, beta, slightly washout and over exposed feel, and gamma with its vivid primary colours) are exceptional and at times the series has an almost art like feel to it.
Also the series is intelligent in how it approaches both the characters and the story in general. Whilst occasionally the story can jump (at one point it actually jumps back and slightly changes how the previous episode ends, or at least puts a massively different spin on it) it always keeps you thinking. Have no doubts, if you like stories being spoon-fed Charlie Jade is not the series for you! You'll find yourself think about what has happened between episodes, and in my case discussing the social/political differences between the worlds with my wife (she's an understanding sole, but she loves the series too).
The series develops the viewer's relationships with the characters brilliantly, with your understanding of characters growing as you watch, and in one case completely turning on their head every few episodes (with 01 Boxer).
That being said this series isn't perfect! There are a couple of really duff episodes, and really I'm referring to the first episode here! Watching it was like having my teeth pulled without anaesthetic! It just picks up slightly towards the end but if I hadn't the second waiting for me on the planner I might not have bothered again. That being said by the end of episode 2 I was enjoying and by the end of the third I was hooked!
And whilst there are decent extras on the first box set (this complete series is the two box sets... well boxed) the second doesn't, which is slightly disappointing!
Overall I'd have to say Charlie Jade is the most original series I've seen in a long time. Not perfect, but let's be honest what is. Now to paraphrase the tag line of the series and make it useful to the review (its "Three Worlds, one hope") 4 stars, one hope - that the studio makes a second series!
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2010 10:12:25 BDT
K. Grunwald says:
I hope so as well..It is just an unfinished story. Sure it is good as far as it goes which is one season! A waste of my time and my money!!
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