Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Must Watch Tv

Wilfred

Wilfred

If you’ve ever had any sort of pet, you’d have wished to be able to talk to them at least a few times. Douglas Adams may have taken the help of Babel Fish to hear other animals, but when it comes to TV, that was about it. Well, until Wilfred the dog came into being.
Wilfred is a show starring Elijah Wood as Ryan, who is a depressed lawyer who hates his job and one day, decides to end it all. Overdosing on multiple types of meds, he finds out that not only is he alive, but he can hear his neighbour Jenna’s dog, Wilfred, talking. Wilfred (portrayed by Jason Gann) is an arrogant, manipulating yet helpful dog-person, who tries to get Ryan out of his comfort zone and bring his ‘animal senses’ out, while Ryan (or Frodo as most people will know him as) falls hopelessly in love with Wilfred’s owner, Jenna.
While the storyline seems crazy enough, the real insanity begins when Wilfred influences Ryan into doing things he would not otherwise have done, to solve his life’s problems, but often ending in disastrous results, like breaking into a scary neighbour’s house or ruining his sister’s marriage. And frankly, after two seasons, it becomes rather boring and repetitive (I do not know whether it was because I attempted to see the entire 2 seasons within 2 days). Even then, if you invest yourself to the show, you can’t help but ask question: How come Ryan is the only one that sees him? Does the dog really exist or is there some really dark schizophrenic stuff going on? The show has its merits however; apart from the lead actors, who do a remarkable job, the other actors do their job rather well, and if you don’t mind the who’s controlling who part, the storyline is satisfactory.
It had potential to be made much better, but that’s not where it’s going really. Watch the show with an open mind and do not ask too many questions. Maybe you’ll learn to like it.