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The setup was that Seamus O'Neill was a factory worker who won the lottery and decided to engage his inner Hemingway and move to Key West to become a writer. However Key West, as the name implies, was as much about the place and its magical atmosphere as it was the characters inhabiting it. Like a lot of Latin American Magical Realism which takes cues from Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, the place has a sense of existing in its own time as well as space, as seen in the ambiguity of its Arc Words: "The end of the world".
Episodes in which the magical realism is most visually apparent are "The Second Day in Heaven", "The Great Unknown", "Act of God", "Crossroads" and "The System", although virtually every episode in some way embraced the dismantling of everyday reality.
Its large ensemble cast -- headed up by Fisher Stevens, Jennifer Tilly, Leland Crooke, Denise Crosby and Brian Thompson -- was remarkable for its consistency and earnestness (Thompson and Tilly in particular).
- Arc Words
- Character Development: Even the minor characters, like the go-go dancers at Gumbo's bar, got some development time tossed their way.
- Cool Pet: Gumbo's pet alligator, Tickle Pink.
- Ensemble Cast
- Fan Service: Lots of shots of girls in bikinis hanging out on white sand beaches or lounging on sailboats.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: The already mentioned Savannah.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Brian Thompson's Sheriff Cody Johnson was absolutely one of these.
- Magical Realism
- The Messiah: Abnego "Jo Jo" Nabuli.
- Most Writers Are Writers
- Only in Florida: If they tried to set a series like this anywhere but Florida, it would never get past the pilot episode.