Brigadoon Commentary (c)

Another word I’ve found myself using to describe certain works of fiction recently is “purity.”  Brigadoon doesn’t really have any new ideas, but it instead takes old ideas and presents them in a very pure and sincere way.  The main character, for example, is a down-on-her-luck orphan living in poverty; nothing that hasn’t been seen many times before.  However, rather than trying to add extra twists to make her more than the label, the writers embrace that label and go as far as they can to show every aspect of what that label truly means.  The viewer will see the day-to-day life of a poor gradeschooler and watch her make do with the bare necessities and be content with them, while at the same time ever wishing for just a little bit more.The same is true for most characters and events that are in the show, ignoring the bells and whistles of originality in favor of taking a simple idea and exploring its complexities, and Brigadoon does this with a surprising amount of heart for such a cookie-cutter concept as, “normal person meets stranger from magical land, must go on adventure to save world.”

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