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Wilf Day
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posted 28 June 2003 05:52 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Although I missed the first few episodes, I'm totally hooked. Now I'm trying to figure out why.

I think the show's appeal is a combination of Paradise Falls and Seinfeld. Paradise Falls: because Train 48 is at once quirky and outlandish, and totally Ontario. I would never have thought a show could capture the essence of boring Ontario, and even parody it, while being anything but boring. Paradise Falls did that brilliantly. I suspect Train 48 is on the way to doing the same thing.

But Paradise Falls was a drama with a plot. So far, Train 48 isn't going anywhere, but it doesn't need to. That's where it's like Seinfeld.

And then there's the best part: the chat about today's headlines. It gives it an air of believability (which lets the characters get away with otherwise unbelievable developments and comments.) More importantly, it shows off the fact that the show is filmed the day it's aired, which is amazing. Seinfeld live, sort of. Plus it lets them vent against the US attack on Iraq, for example, exactly as one would overhear on a real Go Train commute, but not what one expects on an entertainment show. Has any show ever done this before?


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Mycroft_
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posted 28 June 2003 05:59 AM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The format is based on an Australian tv show called "Going Home" which too was set on a commuter train and filmed the same day.

I've been watching the show too. True, you have to suspend your disbelief and accept that the same 10 people happen to take the same train at the same time and ride in the same car every day and that they all talk to each other despite having nothing in common and working in different workplaces Still, it's interesting because of it's "fly on the wall" aspect and also because you start to wonder how they'll deal with certain issues as they crop up in the news.


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Michelle
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posted 28 June 2003 06:06 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, I found myself often commuting with the same people every day the last time I lived in Toronto. True, it was on a TTC bus, but it was the same bus at the same time every morning, so I started to recognize at least 5 or 6 people who took the same one every day.
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Mycroft_
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posted 28 June 2003 06:09 AM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know about the GO Train but anyone I've seen who spontaneously starts chatting with strangers on the subway invariably turns out to either be a visitor from out of town or to have recently moved to Toronto from elsewhere
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Michelle
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posted 28 June 2003 11:28 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ha ha!

Touche!


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Wilf Day
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posted 28 June 2003 02:11 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The subway is one thing, but commuters are a family. A couple of dozen people (not me)commute from Port Hope to Toronto every day by Via Train, and of course know all about each other, but I can believe this even on the Go Train.
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meades
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posted 28 June 2003 02:46 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I started watching it when it first started, but I've since fallen off the wagon. I missed it once and didn't make the effort to see it again. It's pretty good, but some of the writing just depends way too much on archetypes. For instance, I really doubt that Zack's subconscious desire to be a buff womanizer would come out in such an obvious fashion as a comic book he shares with everyone. And Brenda is just too classic of a busy-body conservative Christian church volunteer. And Lucas? don't get me started. Either this is their first social experience since leaving the womb, or they herd the slow-but-chatty passengers into one car so as to not inconvenience the rest. Not to say they're bad actors, just that they have bad writers. I'm sure they do the best with what they're offered. Except Lucas. He sucks.

Now, a brief aside: anyone else notice Zack looks a bit like Perth-Middlesex candidate, Sam Dinicol? Well, it's because Zack is Joe Dinicol. Don't really know how they're related. But this proves I spend way too much time and effort working with ONDP.

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Wilf Day
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posted 28 June 2003 03:19 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maybe it's just me, but I thought the archetypes were satirical archetypes. S-A-T-I-R-E. (Same as on Paradise Falls.)
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Wide Eyes
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posted 28 June 2003 04:54 PM      Profile for Wide Eyes        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Not to say they're bad actors, just that they have bad writers.

Actually, I believe it's improvised. Each character has a particular trait or backstory that they must adhere to, but if I remember correctly, it's an improvisational soap.


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posted 28 June 2003 05:03 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, if you miss it during the week Global repeats Train 48 every late night at about 1:30 am and shows all that week's episodes in one block on Sunday afternoons.

As for the show, obviously they're using archtypes and they're taking some dramatic licence... like having the construction worker buddying around with the stock broker... I'm really sure that happens every day on the GO Train I mean I can see some connections like Dana (way cool that they made her a lesbian and had her kiss her girlfriend on the train) and the church lady talking becuase the church lady is a friend of the family or Dana being friends with Zack (the young guy) or the three professional women talking to each other or to the Korean office guy (or with stock broker guy) and I can see why Zack and the Korean guy would be friends from a gaming club and then talk to each others friends on the train... but why stock guy or film guy would give the time of day to church lady or why the office women or stock guy would talk to construction guy does strain credulity somewhat


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posted 28 June 2003 05:04 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, if you miss it during the week Global repeats Train 48 every late night at about 1:30 am and shows all that week's episodes in one block on Sunday afternoons.

As for the show, obviously they're using archtypes and they're taking some dramatic licence... like having the construction worker buddying around with the stock broker... I'm really sure that happens every day on the GO Train I mean I can see some connections like Dana (way cool that they made her a lesbian and had her kiss her girlfriend on the train) and the church lady talking becuase the church lady is a friend of the family or Dana being friends with Zack (the young guy) or the three professional women talking to each other or to the Korean office guy (or with stock broker guy) and I can see why Zack and the Korean guy would be friends from a gaming club and then talk to each others friends on the train... but why stock guy or film guy would give the time of day to church lady or why the office women or stock guy would talk to construction guy does strain credulity somewhat


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