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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious., 23 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Point Pleasant: The Complete Series [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
It starts off almost like a weekend drama or soap opera, setting the background to the story which is about to unfold. Unfathomable opening theme would continue to echo creepily in my head while watching the earlier episodes, not knowing what to make of it.

It has quite a build up, and that's the double-edged sword - perhaps the reason why it fell on its sword. It is a beautiful drama which is built up piece by piece, brick by brick, supposedly for the major finale, but perhaps it may be too "patient" for its intended demography.

And that's the keyword: demography. There's some design and structural issues here. The drama aspect attempts to deepen the background of many characters, very patiently, as if to appeal to drama enthusiasts. The story aspect seems to be more for the modern generation, providing a "kick" that the mainstream pop culture demands.

It works for me and I liked it, but I can understand how this clash may have resulted in poor ratings on mainstream TV. It just didn't come across like a series for the older generation, and the younger generation may not have had the patience to sit through all this. It's more like a classic book than a modern TV series. Usually a good, long book gets "bastardized" to make a mainstream TV series and that was needed here, perhaps.

I myself could not quite grasp the story till towards the end of the 1st disc. I could feel that something was building up, yet it refused to give anything away for several episodes. This gave me a major hype and I loved it, which made the ending truly shocking. I wept, perhaps for the main character, or perhaps for myself as the realization dawned upon me that it really was the end. I wanted more and I knew I wasn't getting it.

I could easily give this 3 or 4 stars purely out of frustration and annoyance, but I will not; it's not fair to mark it down for "what has not been done", or rather, "what was not allowed to be done". For what it's worth, I enjoyed it and the big disappointment at the end just goes to show how much I loved it while it lasted.

I feel sorry for the production team who must have put a lot into this. What a missed opportunity this was. This "sort" is something of a lost art in this day and age. It could have been so, so much more, if only were they allowed to continue telling this peculiar, yet engaging story.
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