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I really enjoyed this show when I was younger.  It's interesting to think about it now, in an era when print media is less pervasive.  This may be one show that could never be remade.

Kyle Chandler has always been a good everyman, at least as far back as this show.  He was great as Gary.  I loved the friendship between Gary and Marissa.  And of course the cat was my favorite character.

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I was able to catch a lot of the newly scheduled Tuesday mini-marathons on the METV network. 

This show has so much heart and appeal. It's a great antidote to a host of ills.

Within the first season, episodes 14 and 15, "The Wall (Part 1)" and "The Wall (Part 2)," are not only a great story, but an excellent example of how to reveal some of the origin story for a supernatural show that neither boxes the future writers in too tightly nor annoys the viewers with too many unknowns.

The following episode, 1.16, "Bat Masterson," is also strong, with a great set up and resolution, excellent guest cast, and heart warming without too much emotional manipulation.

 

 

9 hours ago, MisterGlass said:

It's interesting to think about it now, in an era when print media is less pervasive.  This may be one show that could never be remade.

I think it could be updated to someone receiving tomorrow's tweets today, but then how would a cat or other animal tie in? And getting a cast with that much charisma is always more happenstance than anything.

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Particularly memorable parts of episodes: 

1. Gary reads about his own upcoming death (in a collapsing building) and is drawn inside to save others.  Ending @ 41:50-46:00 

 


2. Also enjoyable is the episode that shows how young Gary's life was saved, how he received the future responsibility of the paper, and then he designates his successor @  35:00-42:00

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Currently rewatching this on Tuesdays(WMLW) & JAG on Wednesdays.  Hard to believe how old they are, which means how old I am. And they both hold up so well. I think it would be hard for Gary to get away with a lot of what he did, in today's world, cell phones=images.  

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On 6/8/2018 at 6:12 PM, MisterGlass said:

I really enjoyed this show when I was younger.  It's interesting to think about it now, in an era when print media is less pervasive.  This may be one show that could never be remade.

 

The new show "God Friended Me" looks to be very "Early Edition", but with facebook & tweets instead of a newspaper :)

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4 hours ago, Charlesman said:

The new show "God Friended Me" looks to be very "Early Edition", but with facebook & tweets instead of a newspaper :)

Yeah, after watching the extended trailer, I see what you mean. But it also looks like they might be going for the gratutious weeping like This Is Us, which I refuse to watch. So I'm not sure. Plus, the lead seems more like a Chuck Fishman personality than a Gary HobbsHobson.

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Gary Hobson, I believe.

The new shows almost seems like a variation on "Person of Interest" as much as "Early Edition."  I suppose in some ways "Person of Interest" is a more technology driven and less event specific riff on "Early Edition."  They know who something may happen to, but have no idea what will happen.

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On 6/9/2018 at 3:02 AM, shapeshifter said:

This show has so much heart and appeal. It's a great antidote to a host of ills.

They had a lot of shows on TV at that time that offered a "good message".

Some of them specifically mentioned "you-know-who"  (Touched By An Angel, Promised Land. Joan of Arcadia)  and some didn't (Quantum Leap, Early Edition, Wonderfalls).

We sincerely need some more shows like that now (and less reality crap).

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I loved this show. Probably the very best I've ever seen at capturing all of Chicago's locations, not just the glitzy ones. And especially in the later seasons, each episode was its own little morality play. I've wept watching it more than once.

I'm very happy to see a forum for it.

Some of the shows used to be on YouTube. I'm not sure if they're still there.

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Season 3 has been airing today on H&I, including the episode in which Gary is quarantined after being bitten by a monkey. A reasearch doctor observes Gary via video camera in his quarantine cell, and she comes to the conclusion that he has a pathological obsession with the newspaper, heh (no surprise). 
This made me see Gary's constant need to see the headlines on his paper as prescient of so many of us today obsessively consulting our cell phones.
And how natural it would be to reboot this show with someone who gets tomorrow's tweets today. Maybe they and the show could be called "Pre-Tweets."

 

Editing to fix another !%#€{¥!! stupid autocorrect. Seriously, 9-year-old iPad Mini? You think I meant "tenets" instead of "tweets"?!?

Edited by shapeshifter. Reason: Corrected autocorrect—which could be a feature in the rebooted show
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my dog ate my Roku remote this weekend, so I'm without my cable streaming for a couple of weeks until I can get it replace. I had forgotten how good this show was. A couple of episodes really touched me, a couple were not so interesting. I'll watch again next week because I'll still be without the Roku remote. The real test will come after I get the new remote.

And a young friend suggested I download a remote app and use my phone. That's not happening, I have a stupid phone and no internet on it and no intention of getting internet on my phone. I'll just do it the old fashioned way, waiting until I can replace.

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Got my remote, but went back to watch the last few episodes of the series today on H&I. I really enjoyed them, hadn't seen them. But on IMDB, the last few episodes listed are in a different order than H&I ran them. I rather liked the way they ran them, it made sense and it wrapped the series very nicely. Next week I guess they start them over, I may watch those too.

But H&I screwed up one of the shows today, I know these are on video, not film, but they showed the rescue and the crisis before they showed how it happened. I wasn't paying a lot of attention and just assumed I had missed the part about how the kid got in the warehouse, but after the commercial, they showed the part that led up to it. 

Then I missed a lot of another episode because of a big storm that moved through, tv cut out several times.

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12 hours ago, friendperidot said:

w these are on video, not film, but they showed the rescue and the crisis before they showed how it happened. I wasn't paying a lot of attention and just assumed I had missed the part about how the kid got in the warehouse, but after the commercial, they showed the part that led up to it. 

What's the episode's title?

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Blind Faith was the episode where scenes were reversed. Show opened, Gary was blinded by teenagers being fools, he was in hospital, met a young boy who's mother was going to have surgery, he couldn't read the paper because he was blinded, he got the new employee at McGinty's to help him read, read that the young boy was going to die in a warehouse fire, they raced to the hospital, where the boy had decided his mom needed flowers but the gift shop was too expensive. Next scene Gary and boy were in warehouse, and fire was blazing, Gary figured out how to get kid out, he ran into the same teenagers who were also harassing him for his lunch money, but one of them developed a conscious, went into the building, helped Gary to the roof, they jumped to go to another roof, landed on stuff, maybe put there by the firefighters and were safe. Next scene, Gary and helper were frantically trying to find young boy at hospital, gift shop employee told them where he had sent the boy. Boy encountered the teens who were trying to take his flower money, he ran into warehouse and hid, one of the teens threw a cigarette down in some rags, fire started. Gary was looking for boy who was shouting out window for help, he made his way to the boy, and helped him get out a window. Next scene, Mom was recovering from surgery, teen came in and gave her the flowers from her son, invited boy to play video games. Somewhere in there Gary recovered his sight while hugging Marissa. Scenes were reversed somehow. The big storm we had had not moved through when this happened. 

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Starz has been running 3 hours of Early Edition every morning between 2 and 5 a.m.    I really like the episodes with Gary's parents.  Don't like the episodes with the single mother and Henry.  I read an interview with the Producer and he said they were getting complaints that there was no chemistry between Gary and the mother so they wrote her out of the show after a season.   I can understand why.    I also don't like the young bartender they brought in.  Producer said he was written out after a year because they were having trouble finding ways to bring him into the stories and he was being paid too much to sit around and say a few lines every episode.  Love Kyle Chandler.

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I used to love this show. I can't pay for Starz, though.

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54 minutes ago, Anela said:

I used to love this show. I can't pay for Starz, though.

It's on a cable channel called START, which I just found out is located here in Chicago. There used to be quite a few episodes on YouTube, too. https://www.starttv.com

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