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TRU CALLING

PILOT


EPISODE NO. 01
Season 1, episode 01
Series 101
1st release: 10-30-03
2nd release:
Production code:
Last update: 11-16-03


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REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
PRESS RELEASE
COMMENTARY 1 by Indigo
LINKS



REGULAR CAST
Jessica Collins - Meredith Davies
A.J. Cook - Lindsay
Eliza Dushku - Tru Davies
Zach Galifianakis - Davis
Shawn Reaves - Harrison Davies



GUEST CAST
Hudson Leick as Rebecca Morgan
Callum Keith Rennie as Elliott Winters
Heath Freeman as Cameron
Kavan Smith as Mark Evans
Vincent Laresca as Marco
Woody Jeffreys as Gary
John Haymes Newton as Aaron McCann
Ingrid Tesch as Carol Winters
Robert Wisden as Dr. Green



CREDITS
Writer: Jon Harmon Feldman
Director: Philip Noyce



Broadcast on Fox, 8-9pm, Thursday nights.

TV GUIDE PROMO

In the series premiere episode of TRU CALLING, "Pilot," we meet Tru Davies, who suddenly discovers she can save lives. She is a smart and sexy recent college graduate who lands a job on the midnight shift at the city morgue. On her first night, Tru questions reality when she hears a beautiful murder victim asking for her help. But the next morning, Tru wakes up to find that she is back at the beginning of that very same day – twelve hours before the woman's death that only Tru knows about. Trucalling-fans.com

Tru is a smart, sexy recent college graduate who – when her high-powered medical internship falls through – finds herself working the midnight shift at the New York City morgue. One night, Tru questions reality when she thinks she hears a beautiful murder victim asking for her help. But the next morning, our heroine wakes up to find that she is back at the beginning of that very same day – twelve hours before a murder that only she knows about is set to take place. With the clock ticking, Tru is compelled to traverse the city of New York over those next twelve hours to prevent this wrongful death, while at the same time rescuing members of her own family from their dangerous and self-destructive lives. Trucalling-fans.com

The scene starts with Tru in her bed. Mark comes out and congratulates her on being an ethics violation the day before and now being a faculty girlfriend; he wants them to go public. Tru isn't sure they should. We learn that Mark was once married to the University's Dean. Tru gets a phone call from her brother who's been gambling and is in need of money. Tru won't help him. Mark offers Tru to move in with him and she agrees. Tru arrives at the hospital for her intership and learns she they won't take her. TVTome



PRESS RELEASE

Tru Davies is a smart, sexy recent college graduate who finds herself working the midnight shift at the New York City morgue. One night, Tru questions reality when she thinks she hears a murder victim asking for her help. But the next morning, Tru wakes up to find that she is back at the beginning of the previous day -- twelve hours before a murder that only she knows is about to take place. With the clock ticking, she is compelled to scour the city of New York to prevent this wrongful death, while at the same time trying to make a difference in her family’s unhappy lives.




COMMENTARY 1

This commentary is by Indigo.

Well, I just finished giving the episode a second watch and I thought it went pretty well actually.

Sure, Tru Calling is an altered redo of so many other shows before but hey, they didn't have Buffy Alumni, Eliza Dushku lighting up the scenes either.

So here's the set up, family abandons one another after family tragedy (Tru's mother is murdered before her eyes, the killer is never found and the young, clairvoyant Tru makes a wish to turn back time. Ten years later the wish manifests.

O-kay? And I thought replies from messages in a bottle were insanely slow.

Like isn't there suppose to be an electrocution, astrological anomaly, chemical exposure or spider bite that induces this "ability?"

This is the one thing that has bothered me since I read the initial synopsis on the web. I get the 'I hear dead people' trip. It's a gift. But the total recall of the day is only rooted in a grieving girls wish.

Am I being a bit picky?

Probably. It's just that while I am still fit enough to suspend disbelief I'm a bit old fashioned and like the whole phenom of a catalyst. Capischa?

Oh well, I can't have it all. Let's move on.

While many of the characters introduced do not, at least initially hold much intrigue or appeal we got the basic intro to Tru Davies's life. Her older sister, who has since childhood downplayed Tru's acquired ability to hear the dead in need, has a nicely packaged life apparently garnished with reoccurring bouts of cocaine addiction. Nice. The brother, who warrants about as much empathy, would rather spend his days waging bets on the luck of the draw. Both siblings are much more content to leave Tru to graduate college alone while they were off perfecting their imperfections. I won't bother you much with the other reoccurring characters like her Professor lover or her new boss, we'll have plenty of time to dish on them later, I hope.

There is one other gem other that Dushku in this series pilot, in the appearance of Hudson Leick as the main object of Tru's Episode one obsession.

It's been a while since I've seen Hudson in anything but I do believe she has grown a lot since her Xena days. Those were good days, weren't they? I just love that gal! Maybe it's the yoga but I really enjoyed watching her on the screen and sort of regret that she hasn't landed a regular role in television.

I digress, but I do that a lot.

Hudson's character Rebecca seems to have a broken picker (that's boyfriend picker) and Tru heroically attempts to ferret out who Rebecca's killer is before they kill her again. First on the list is a recent ex of Rebecca's, Aaron McCann. Aaron is a coach who still seems to regret it didn't work out between them. Aaron send Tru looking for another ex, developer Elliot Winters who has even more motive to want Rebecca permanently silenced, she's his ex-mistress and carrying his child. Personally I was rooting for Winters, simply because he's such a slime bag as to have given his wife's jewel encrusted heart necklace to his mistress. Did I mention he was a slime bag?

Tru, in this case makes a few wrong assumptions, some of which actually set-up Rebecca's possible demise before her Morgue boss clues Tru in on the possible point of entry on Rebecca's wounds. Huh?

Here's the head scratcher and maybe I missed something here but….

If Tru is in the middle of a redo on Rebecca's day then how in tar-nation is it her boss is the only other person who is still in the reality of the original day's ending?

Please someone explain this to me while I attach my disbelief to an industrial sized hoist. I've got a headache!

It was still a fun enough episode, not great mind you but it's a retooled pilot and from what I read of the unaired pilot, much better than it's predecessor. The editing kept the episode from getting too sluggish and cut to the chase which was somewhat fun. There was however, a brief moment between Tru and Rebecca that just begged for a grateful kiss that failed to deliver.

Maybe that was just me and the mood I was in. (shrug) It just felt so right!

My guest for the viewing gave it a thumbs up as do I and I guess we'll see each other and Tru next week, meeting her potential flame.



LINKS:

First 13 minutes from the Tru Calling premiere that has Hudson Leick in the last few minutes.
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