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"Tru Calling" Review by Staci 8/13/03
Faith in "Tru"..
Eliza Dushku's new show on Fox is about an intern at a local morgue who
a victim of some horrible crime long after its happened . Luckily for Tru
Davies, Dusku's character, she gets to relive each day in order to find
and hopefully stop the chain of events which eventually lead to his or her
Those who describe it as "Early Edition" meets "Quantum Leap" aren't
It definitely has the feel of those shows, but it's a formula that works.
The show opens with Tru running, both figuratively and literally. She's
to her college graduation and we see her running. In fact, she spends a
time running. Luckily, Eliza is in great shape, but did she know that she
would have to run so much? Was it in her contract? Does she miss the days of
when she ran less but punched more? Only Ms. Dusku knows for sure.
The other part of the story is Tru and her family. Again, the opening of
program shows a young Tru, around 10 years old, and her older sister and
brother attending the funeral of their mom. Apparently, young Tru
murder of their mother and it's an underlying issue for all the characters
in life. Older sister, Meredith, grows up to be a lawyer with a slight
addiction, while brother, Harrison, is a compulsive gambler. Tru escapes
addictions but is plagued by what she could have done to prevent mom's
In the pilot episode, Tru begins her shift at the local morgue, only to
discover that her first dead body speaks to her, asking for help. Tru
wakes up the
next day and discovers it's the day before, but only she has knowledge of
She spends the rest of the episode running and figuring out how to stop
poor blonde's death.
I'm going to resist commenting on characters outside the Davis family unit
because many have either been scrapped or recast. I did like Cameron, who
more, because he reminded me of Xander, who Buffy fans will remember lost
virginity to rogue slayer Faith.
Instead, I'll concentrate on Tru, Meredith and Harrison. I like Tru and
Harrison, and the actors who portray them. Tru reminds me a lot of Faith.
smart, capable and can kick ass. Harrison (Shawn Reaves) is sympathetic as a
happy-go-lucky-kind-of-guy who needs a whole lot more luck than he's
getting. My only
complaint rests with Meredith (Jessica Collins). I don't buy her as Tru's
older sister. She's an awkward fit and of all the recasts currently being
considered, I would hope the producers would throw her in. No offense to
but she doesn't seem to meld into the ensemble.
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