I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Requiem: Party Down

I've only ever heard two responses to the mention of the Starz television program Party Down: 1. "That show's amazing!" (Or some other incredibly high level compliment.) or 2. "What's Party Down?" The second response probably explains why Party Down was not renewed after the finale of the second season, while the first response explains why it should have been (and also why it's a shame to see it go). Party Down is a creeper hit, developing slowly but honestly, and interestingly. It deals with relationships in an unpredictable way. Henry and Casey have the freshest, most realistic, and most interesting relationship I've seen in years. They are not following the lead of Jim and Pam, or Jack and Kate, or Mulder and Scully. They are just Henry and Casey. If you didn't watch this television program, then I have one of two responses for you: 1. "How dare you? This show was magnificent and now it's gone" and 2. "Why would you? Party Down was on Starz (one strike against it) at 10 PM (two strikes against it). It's like the television world wanted it to fail."

Party Down, I miss you, and were I a better shot with bow and arrow, I would give you a proper Viking funeral. Let's hope that the creative team and actors can go their own ways and provide us with new and awesome television programming in the near future.

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