|Phenomenon (Two-two, ta-two-two)
||[Nov. 1st, 2003|10:30 pm]
|||||Dear Madam Barnum-XTC-Nonsuch||]|
So, watching TV the other day, and an ad catches my attention. It's for "The Wonderful World of Disney." They decided to do "Phenomenon II". I was a little worried, since Phenomenon was a great movie, that I still enjoy to this day when it comes on. This quote from the show description scared me even more:
"The first ended tragically, whereas this one takes a more sci-fi route to explain the hero's enhanced abilities."
And yet, I decided to watch it anyways.
And now, just in case, here's an LJ-cut to avoid spoilers.
For the first hour or so, the TV version followed the original movie closely, although rushed through many things. That's because the second half of the TV movie went in a completely different direction. As hinted at in the quote above, George doesn't actually die from the tumor that's causing his abilities. (It is still a tumor, and not alien-given abilities, as I was really afraid they would do...) Instead, he goes to San Francisco, assumes a new identity, continuing to communicate with his friends (and enemies...) through disappearing e-mails.
Ignoring the rushing through the "origin", it actually was well done. It keeps the heart of the story, which is about an everyday man who gets extraordinary abilities, but through it all, remains true to himself. And it's about that connection we all need, whether that be to family, friends, a lover, or even to the entire world, if you can open your eyes to it...
The show sets itself up as a pilot (my Dish Network description even referred to it as such), but doing a Google search and checking the official site, I've found no sign of it becoming a show anytime this season. But, I have to say, if they continue the quality I saw here, I wouldn't object to it at all, and would most likely continue to watch. The premise as it's currently set up reminds me a lot of the Starman TV show (man on the run from the government with superhuman abilities, helping people out along the way), one of my childhood favorites, and also based on a movie...So, how about it, ABC?