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 Post subject: Wilfred (U.S.)
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:05 pm 
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The pilot was excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilfred (U.S.)
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I only learned about this show last week, but it looks great. I only saw the first few minutes, and it was pretty great. I'm just really stoked that a show like it exists.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilfred (U.S.)
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:11 pm 
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I only learned about this show last week, but it looks great. I only saw the first few minutes, and it was pretty great. I'm just really stoked that a show like it exists.

Apparently, it's based on an aussie show?

I loved the beginning. I have a thing for quirky suicides. Dead Man on Campus, Wristcutters: A Love Story, etc. I have no idea why funny suicides/attempted suicides make me so happy, but they do.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilfred (U.S.)
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Yeah, it's based on an Australian series from a few years ago, in turn based on a short film by the guy who plays plays Wilfred even now. I really enjoyed the original series, and the US one starts screening here this week I think; from the snippets and articles I've seen, it looks like they've developed a new concept to make it more than just a pointless straightforward remake. Same Wilfred character, but a different relationship with a new human protagonist.

The Australian series had situations like Wilfred asking his woman's boyfriend to make him nachos, and then the woman returning to tell the boyfriend off for letting Wilfred eat cheese — constantly sabotaging the woman's relationship out of possessiveness.


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 Post subject: Re: Wilfred (U.S.)
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I love Elijah Wood so hard. I can't wait to start watching this show!

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is it available anywhere online fo free?

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Wilfred is the best.

For once I don't think the US remake of something is going to suck. Mainly because the same dude is playing Wilfred, but also because ours didn't have much of a story, or budget, which was part of the charm, but really, as long as Wilfred stays the same it's all good.

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Saw the first ep last night — fantastic! Such a great script. Looking forward to next week.


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booberthefraggle wrote:
is it available anywhere online fo free?

It just popped up on hulu.

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I'm glad this thread was bumped.

I forgot to say how much I laughed when Wilfred went around in circles before sitting on the couch. That is forking genius right there! I love the details of this show. Also, the whole beach/pelican scene.

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SO glad I looked up this show! I don't get Fx or any other channel with good shows this sounds amaaazing!

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Saw the second episode the other night (third in a couple of days) and I'm still really enjoying it. I read that some reviews have found it to be cruel or nasty or whatever. I'm not getting that from it at all...


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Saw the second episode the other night (third in a couple of days) and I'm still really enjoying it. I read that some reviews have found it to be cruel or nasty or whatever. I'm not getting that from it at all...

Cruel? Where are they getting that from?

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For a few days each time after i watch this show, it takes me a little while to not feel a little paranoid about my dog Wally looking like a guy in a dog suit to one of my neighbors. Especially when he is being just a bit too loveable.






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 Post subject: Re: Wilfred (U.S.)
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I was stoked on the show before it aired but I don't know how i feel about it. Not high in LPM and Frodo seems awkward playing an awkward guy. I'll most likely still watch the whole season though.

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I haven't seen anything about it being cruel. I've seen criticism that some of the supporting characters are one-note ... but I think this is one show that has a pretty good excuse for that. We're seeing it all from Ryan's POV. We have to be, or else we wouldn't see Willard as anything more than a normal dog. So, other people are exaggerated or one-note because that's how Ryan sees them. His sister's a crazy, nagging person, his neighbor's impossibly scary, etc.

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I watched the first episode...I just couldn't get into it. It bothers me how everyone sees him as a regular dog, while it's a talking human in a dog suit. Meh. I kind of was hoping to like it, but the concept just makes no sense and has no explanation behind it.

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but the concept just makes no sense and has no explanation behind it.


Hee! I think that's one of it's charms! :D

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I think it makes sense in that it's told from Ryan's perspective (as Karyn said above) and they sorta explained the wackiness in the first ep.

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LoveandFruits wrote:
but the concept just makes no sense and has no explanation behind it.


Hee! I think that's one of it's charms! :D

I guess that's the main thing that would polarise people: either you like the conceit, or you just really don't. I imagine it's the sort of show that doesn't leave much room for "growing on" people.

I misremembered what I'd read (filtered through a second source). Not that the show is cruel as such, but:
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But rarely is an FX show as puzzlingly discordant as “Wilfred,” a darkly comedic series premiering on the network Thursday night. In moments where it ought to be subversively sweet, “Wilfred” opts for sour; in what might have been its funniest bits, it suddenly rolls over and plays dead; where it wishes to be ironic and droll, it is often just dumb or mean. Most oddly, it does something you’d think would be impossible in our culture: It makes you dislike a dog.

The dog is the main character in “Wilfred,” who is actually an unpleasantly cruel-minded Australian man in a dog suit.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/tv-wilfreds-bark-worse-than-his-bite-but-hangdog-louie-best-friend-worthy/2011/06/17/AG08UTgH_story.html

This guy in the Boston Herald certainly doesn't like it. Variety basically does.

I dunno. I'll forgive a lot of a dog. :-)


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You know, personally, I love dogs. LOVE. But I also think they are sometimes absolutely disgusting. So, having a show that emphasizes the grossest things about dogs is right on my wave length. I also think it's refreshing to see something in which the dog isn't this perfect creature who changes everyone around it for the better, until, y'know, it dies in some awful way. This dog is trying to change Ryan for the better (adhering to trope!) by being absolutely foul (defying trope!).

But I can see how some people would dislike it.

I will say that my "can't let inaccurate factual information slide" flag went up at the rainbow joke, because dogs can see some colors.

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mixmaster_mo wrote:
I forgot to say how much I laughed when Wilfred went around in circles before sitting on the couch.


Me too! That was one of the funniest bits for me (even though I loved the whole show) just because my dogs always do that.


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The pelican bit made me laugh like mad. I also enjoyed Wilfred's take on the vet.

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Certainly enunciates a lot more in the stateside version. Was hoping for more fair-dinkum-ockerisms. S'truth!

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