What is Wonderfalls?
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Wonderfalls is a critically acclaimed TV series about Jaye Tyler — a disaffected Niagara Falls twenty-something with a supernatural gift. It briefly aired on FOX in the Spring of 2004.
On the show, Jaye is the prototypical “overeducated and underemployed” Gen Y-er. Overshadowed by a family of high-achievers, she spends her days drifting aimlessly between her trailer park home, her dead-end job at a souvenir store, and her favourite barstool — until one day she starts hearing voices.
The inanimate objects that speak to her (including a wax lion, a brass monkey, and a gaggle of decorative lawn flamingos) give cryptic instructions which, if followed, often lead to extraordinary results. Not knowing whether she’s talking to God, Satan, or something else entirely, Jaye is thrust into a series of life-changing adventures.
Receiving commands from objects raises a host of philosophical questions. Is it right to just blindly follow orders? Do crazy people know they’re crazy? In the end, are we all just Destiny’s butt-puppets? These questions remained unanswered, as Wonderfalls was unceremoniously cancelled after only four episodes.
But Wonderfalls did not fade quietly into TV obscurity. Fans launched savewonderfalls.com in an effort to revive the show, and after ten months of campaigning, their efforts were rewarded.
Thanks largely to the efforts of a dedicated fanbase, the full 13-episode season of Wonderfalls was released on DVD. It’s available for purchase here.
Tailor this synopsis to your mood: read the serious and straightforward version or the silly cryptic fairytale version (shown).
Once upon a time, in the enchanted kingdom of Niagara Falls, there was a girl. She was a fictional girl, but a girl nonetheless, and for four weeks in 2004, her face flickered across the television screens of millions. Her name was Jaye, she was 24 years old... and she was fate’s bitch.
Jaye lived in a little trailer in a big trailer park, and worked in a little store by some big waterfalls. That store was called Wonderfalls, and was home to hundreds upon hundreds of tacky souvenirs, which the people came from miles around to purchase.
One day, the tacky souvenirs started talking to the fictional girl, and she found this upsetting. She did not like being bossed around, especially by things that could not talk. So she drank and she drank, but drink as she might, the talking animals remained.
And so Jaye and the talking animals embarked on a magical, non-drug-induced adventure. Though she was spiteful, the girl became accustomed to being a puppet of forces unknown. She learned to decipher their cryptic messages, and, though it pained her to do so, she used her newfound powers for good. But then, all of a sudden, an even more powerful force intervened...
Unbeknownst to poor Jaye, dark forces had taken a hold of TV-Land, and before she could even get snarky with the forces, she and the little animals vanished from the airwaves. Being fictional as they were, they had very little say in the matter. Where Wonderfalls had been before, there were now nothing but images of depressed women getting plastic surgery.
While most people did not notice the change, there were a few fans who wondered what had happened to the girl and her talking animal friends. They did not want Wonderfalls to simply disappear. So they fought and complained, and they ranted and railed, and eventually they won. On February 1st, 2005, Jaye Tyler once again graced television screens around the world, returning to life in DVD form.