One thing Canada does really well every couple of years is create a show that is quintessentially 'Canadian'. 'Beachcombers' was one of the earliest examples of this and now we have 'Corner Gas', which if you haven't seen it, is a all-ages half hour sitcom about life in a small Saskatchewan town.
It's a town so small it doesn't have a street light and doesn't need one. We have lots of rural towns like that in the west. Everyone knows someone that is exactly like Brent or Wanda or Karen or especially Brent's dad, Oscar. The characters are never mocked for the eccentricities in ways that are hurtful. They are goofy and the show has goofy fun with them.
In reality, the kind of Canadian small towns that the show portrays are really interesting places. They often try to stand out by building something that is BIG to attract tourists. Glendon Alberta has a giant perogie (a dumplet filled with potatoes and cheese - as Worf would say, "A warrior's food").
Vegreville Alberta has an Easter egg. Both are symbols of the Ukrainian people (like my ancestors) who settled there. Of course Vulcan Alberta has it's giant UFO landing pad and Star Trek themes.
In Corner Gas the town decided to build a giant hoe (the farming tool) - not everyone realizing the duel meaning of the word 'hoe'. The wordplay is especially funny in that episode as it is in all the episodes.
Last year they stopped production not because the show was not popular but because it was at it's height, popularity wise and quality wise. Creator Brent Butt (who plays the gas station's owner - Brent) decided to go out on top.
Creatively he wisely choose (like Jerry Sienfeld and Ray Romano) to play the straight man and to give everyone around him the best lines and the funniest character ticks. This is often what distinquishes a OK sitcom from a great one.
I already see how this show is popular in countries the world over. If this becomes the image a whole new generation of viewers have in their heads when they think of Canada it is okay with me.
This is how we are. Eccentric, gentle, funny and a group of people who like nothing better than throwing off sarcastic retorts to most everything we see. It's our release valve from the stresses of everyday life - Just like 'Corner Gas' always was.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.