TV Review: Tru Calling (It’s Groundhog Day for Eliza Dushku)

This is another show that was canned mid season, leaving viewers to wonder amongst themselves who would win in the battle between good and not so good.  Eliza Dushku rocked as Tru Davies.  She’s one of my favourite actresses and no one does strong, memorable, female characters like she does.  Just take a look at her impressive resume: Faith in Buffy, Echo in Dollhouse and Missy in Bring It On.

Tru takes a job working in a morgue at night, as you do.  She’s a grad student, hoping to go to medical school. She doesn’t bargain for the bodies waking up and calling out “help me”, causing her day to rewind.  Tru finds herself tasked with waking up a few hours in the past and trying to prevent the person who called for help from becoming a body in her morgue.  Helping her along the way is her boss, Davis who most people know as Alan from The Hangover and her brother, Harrison a ladies man and total waster.  Her best friend, Lindsay (A.J. Cook from Criminal Minds) gives Tru a sense of normality, but Tru wonders how much longer she can keep her secret life from those she loves.

I was so excited to watch this show and was hooked from the beginning, all the way back in 2004 (that’s when it made its way across the pond).  Eliza Dushku turned down the opportunity to star in a Buffy spin off based on her character, Faith for Tru Calling, giving us an indication of how much she must have believed in the show.  Each episode has an individual story, similar to the first few seasons of Buffy, but little by little Tru starts to learn more about her gift. Like all people bearing extraordinary gifts, her life becomes complicated, and she has to sacrifice a lot along the way, like any hope of a normal relationship. Is the universe okay with her changing events and preventing deaths? She finds out she’s not the only one experiencing Rewinds, and faces a battle with darker forces who will go to any lengths to keep her from saving lives.

I mentioned in a previous post about how infuriated I was about the way the British post-apocalyptic TV series, Survivors ended. Same goes for this show.  Season 2 lasted a whole 6 episodes and ended on a ciffhanger! Was Tru going to find out she’s being betrayed by those closest to her? As the little monster says at the end of Buffy, grr argh.  We’ll never know the answer to that.

It’s been a couple of years since I last sat down with Tru and co, but I think it’s time to go back to the morgue.

Have you seen or heard of Tru Calling? Jason Priestley plays the bad guy in this, and he’s quite cute.

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20 Responses to TV Review: Tru Calling (It’s Groundhog Day for Eliza Dushku)

  1. I like the actress Eliza Dushku, but I never liked her character on Buffy. She was a little too bad for me. But I loved her in Bring It On. LOL

    I’ve actually ever heard of this show, but it sounds interesting. Although, I’m afraid if I watch it, then I’ll have to get mad about how it leaves us hanging.

    • Emma says:

      She was so good as Faith. She made me feel afraid when she was on screen, quite an actress.
      Yeah, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be hopping mad :)

  2. Silvia says:

    I really liked Tru Calling but I hated how it stopped… Sigh.

    BTW, I’m one of those who cheered Faith instead of Buffy! ;)

    • Emma says:

      I think I prefer Faith to Buffy too. Buffy could be a little too smug at times, spewing out one-liners that made me roll my eyes, like “Nobody messes with my boyfriend.”

  3. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    I also think Eliza is a good actress and picks characters I really enjoy watching. I liked Tru Calling and was bummed when they canceled it.
    Oh, and I also loved her as Faith!

  4. beckyday6 says:

    I loved that show! I still haven’t seen the second season yet though, even though it’s really short. Such a shame it was cancelled!

  5. Shannon says:

    I have never heard of Tru Calling, and I love Eliza Dushku. Loved her as Faith, and as Missy, and as Echo. I was so mad about what happened with Dollhouse, so I’m sure I’d be mad about this show, too.

  6. I loved Tru Calling and, like you, I was furious at how it ended. Between this show, John Doe and Firefly I have been pretty disgusted with the way my favorite shows would end. It had me distancing myself and not getting attached to characters. Who wants to be invested if they’re just going to kill the shows?

    Also, Jason Priestly coming into the show gave it this really strange twist…and you started wondering if her dad was like Jason Priestly’s character and she and her mom were similar (which lead to her death). Ugh! Now I’m all fired up all over again. Thanks, Emma! LOL!

    • Emma says:

      Firefly was another great show that never got a chance. I know, it’s hard to get too involved in any new TV shows when you don’t know if they’re even going to get a full season. How do the writers do good work when they have no time frame to work with?
      I remember Harrison discovering their father’s secret and then the day Rewound and he never got to tell Tru!

      • Kitt Crescendo says:

        Yup! I don’t understand how shows like that get cancelled, but Family Guy is still on the air. Guess it just goes to show that there is no accounting for tastes. I’m very nervous about Revolution and Last Resort because I’ve gotten hooked on them, too.

      • Emma says:

        I’ve only seen the first episode of Revolution and wasn’t very taken with it but I will probably give it another go since the lovely Billy Burke is in it. Haven’t heard of Last Resort.

  7. Debra Kristi says:

    I was not happy when they cancelled Tru Calling. Poor Eliza’s shows keep getting cancelled. She picks such interesting characters, too. I couldn’t get into Revolution either. My husband watches it,, but the chick just bugs me so I can’t. You know another good show that I loved and you might like? Dead Like Me. I was sad when that one got cancelled, as well. They made a wrap up movie – eventually. But it didn’t do the show justice.

    • Emma says:

      Yeah and I think she was in some show called Nurses which didn’t last either. Let’s hope she can turn her luck around.
      My sister, Lucy loved that show and I never watched it. I’ll keep an eye out for the boxset next time I’m at a car boot sale.

  8. You and I have so many of the same favorites… I blogged about Tru last year in one of my Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews… Amber and I wanted to choose a few series that people could Netflix and watch and Tru was at the top of my list. I own the entire series on DVD, and I’m still made at FOX for not letting them finish out the second season.

    http://tiffanyawhite.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/why-it%E2%80%99s-worth-a-watch-wednesday-%E2%80%93-queue-it-up/

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