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January 29, 2002 — 1 PM

On Screen This Winter

Alright, has anyone else fallen victim to CBC’s latest “epic mini-series”?

I don’t watch a great amount of television, but since I don’t have cable, I tune in to the national broadcaster frequently enough to have been thoroughly saturated with the ads for the latest in a dynasty of CBC-backed historical dramas, this one entitled Random Passage. (Sidenote: whoever names these things — hello, Wind Up My Cr––k — has never pondered the cruel rhymes they might unleash.)

Inevitably all CBC historical dramas are set in the boondocks of the 19th century Canadian landscape, replete with small-town accents heavy on the Irish and the family strife and hardship that reflected our fair people’s struggle to forge a nation, eh?

The only trouble is, after seeing that blasted promotion 2367 times (“I done the work o’ two men, and I wants me share like anyone else!”), I actually found myself in front of the TV on Sunday night and then found myself actually watching the series.

And… well, gosh if I didn’t find myself wrapped up in the troubles of Newfoundland pioneers. This particular series, an Irish-Canadian co-production, actually overcomes the traps that ensnare most Canadian drama: hammy acting by two-bit Cancon actors, cheap period costumes, lack of plot. Although Random Passage still has the obligatory bits of overripe dialogue (see above).

Thus I am confused by this new-found appreciation I have developed. What next? Move to Mississauga and join the Young Liberals?


Where on God’s Earth have you brought this family? The two of you’ll be married and that’s all there is to it.

brett | Jan. 29, 2002 — 5 PM

I think you mean the two of “ye”.

Luke | Jan. 29, 2002 — 6 PM

For the love of Christ, Luke Andrews, you’ve got a lip on you like a coalbucket!

Megan | Feb. 1, 2002 — 11 PM

Previously: Le mot noir

Subsequently: Take Your Business Somewhere Else!

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