Something very unusual is about to wash up on the sleepy shores
of New Jersey. Point Pleasant is a sleepy, coastal town. Rescued
from the waves by local lifeguard Jesse, the enigmatic and
beautiful Christina recovers from her ordeal at the home of
local doctor Ben Kramer. The Kramers have recently lost a
daughter, and welcome her with open arms. Strangely, no-one
questions her arrival in the town or her reluctance to contact
her estranged father, and once she discovers clues in the
town to the identity of the mother she never knew, Christina
decides to stay. The residents of the town soon start to feel
the effects of Christina in their midst as their emotions
run riot and tempers flare whenever she is near; even the
weather seems to takes it's cues from her moods. Slowly they
come to understand that Christina is not an ordinary 17-year-old,
but no-one, least of all Christina, suspects quite how unusual
she really is. As Christina delves deeper into her sinister
and supernatural roots, she is blissfully unaware that with
her arrival in Point Pleasant a prophecy is being fulfilled...
Pleasant jumped straight in at the deep end of the ocean
in 2004. This TV drama from Fox drama was produced
by Marti Noxon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
fame. When the show first aired in America it gained a small,
but loyal, following. Sadly it was cancelled by Fox after
disappointing audience figures, despite rave reviews - some
of which describing the series as this generation's X Files.
eight episodes were shown in the States, with UK TV channel
E4 snapping up the European rights after five shows. But,
as with the ill-fated Firefly
and Wonderfalls, neither Fox nor E4 decided it possible
to air the entire series. Here's where the DVD box set satisfies
the taste of the hardened fan of the series. With all eight
aired episodes plus the five unaired episodes and the addition
of the never seen before pilot, there's something for fans
of the series along with newcomers alike.
a fine performance from the entire cast throughout the series,
Point Pleasant takes you on a journey through good
and evil, with the main character Christina; the daughter
of the Devil, being found drowning in the shallow New Jersey
end of the Atlantic Ocean. A local lifeguard Jesse comes to
her aid to revive her and as with all current US shows, romance
and skulduggery ensues.
Where Point Pleasant differs from the sandwich of Dawson's
Creek and OC wannabies is first and foremost a
strong and genuinely moving storyline and a performance from
the entire cast to match. Hollywood veteran of Melrose
Place, Grant Show literally commands the screen from his
entrance midway through the early episodes as the Devil's
right hand man. Himself a victim of fate, he tries to guide
Christina toward the 'Dark' path but with fierce resistance.
the tale moves toward its climactic end, you feel a sense
of involvement with the characters and a need to watch the
next show to find out what happens, which is indeed sorely
missed from many a recent series. Overall, the series itself
was an exceptional journey into the deepest secrets of the
human spirit and a stark look at ourselves. Picture the scene;
you're the chosen one and all you want is to kiss the town's
best looking boy and have a normal life. However, the town's
best looking boy happens to be chosen by God for a purpose.
of relaxing, and on occasion, intense storytelling make this
a must buy for the average sci-fi fan and drama lover alike.
With the perfect cast and location you do really wonder what
exactly the guys at Fox are playing at.
only downside to the package is the lack of extras. A making
of feature and an unaired pilot may have been the norm a few
years ago, but fans have come to expect more from a DVD. Despite
this, for £29.99 you can't really complain.