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.