Friday, 27 September 2013

TV in 2013

The state of TV entertainment in America....is a curious thing to ponder upon.

Resurrection?  A new series that runs along a Lost-scenario of some folks returning to one town in Missouri....long after they were supposed to be dead.  It's asking the viewers to jump on and just imagine a bunch of things.....with no regard to reality.

Breaking Badly?  A TV show on meth guys.  Yeah....you can simply imagine being in a room, or apartment, or garage, or trailer....with a couple of meth guys.  It's asking viewers to accept them....trust them....then distrust them....feel sorry for them....then hate them.

The Colbert Report?  Basically a fake Democrat pretending to be a fake journalist, then pretending to be a fake Republican.  And this is entertainment?  Or is it reality?

Two Broke Girls?  Two dimwits do waitress duty, whine about it and their lack of success, and never attempt to step up a notch or move on.  They are happy....for the rest of their lives....being cheap waitress employed.

Sleepy Hollow?  This piece where a guy who was supposed to be dead for two hundred years....has returned, and some other voo-doo or black magic or ghosts return with him.  You kinda sense after a while that you'd wished that George Washington would have returned too....and beaten the crap out of the TV producers.

Modern Family?  Trying to fit into some cookie cutter image of some burb region of America....Latinos, dimwitted American guys, gays, losers, and such.  You end up watching because there's not much else on and you keep wondering if some meth dealer or Jehovah's Witness guy will show up one day at the door of one of these idiot families.

Chicago Fire?  Houses, apartments, buildings, cars....all on fire, and a bunch of soap-opera actors having romance, lust, and chaos in their lives as they battle fires.  It's hard to figure the audience and why they return weekly....except to watch fires.

Duck Dynasty?  Basically a couple of southern guys who just walk around and state the obvious.  The producers realized that there's a thousand observations of wisdom handed out per day, and the audience falls all over themselves to get a brief moment of real life....with wisdom....and common sense.

If folks were wondering why cable TV, Amish Mafia, and Gold Rush were so successful....just look around.  The lousy nature of TV today....is begging for more choices.

Legends of a Marginal Nature

I noticed off Yahoo News today that someone had sat down and pondered upon the remaining three years of the Administration, and how it might still 'float' with positives.  There were nine scenarios put up on the board.  Then the writer wrote the reality of each, and most all of the scenarios failed in some way.

Foreign policy isn't going the way to give the President any legendary status after 2016.

So far, the economic recovery isn't anything much to brag about.  The DOW may look great and bank failures may have slowed....but jobs aren't coming back.

Obama Care?  As is, without any significant changes.....it's more of a bumpy ride with marginal success tied to it.  Maybe it could serve as a legend vehicle....but only if changes were enacted along the way.  It's hard to envision that with the current House and Senate.

The speeches?  They've come and gone.  Somewhere at the end of the first year....the four-star speeches spiraled off and you mostly get some gimmick two-star speech from the President these days.  No one is going to quote these or remember these in a decade.

Crisis management?  It's best not to bring this up or even pretend it's a legend piece of the puzzle.

Peace-maker?  The Noble Prize was for nothing....less we ever forget the generous nature of the Noble dimwits.  There's not much to talk about....unless you got all peppy about great new relations with the Muslims of the world, and pretended that we were in hog-heaven.

In the end, we have a Bush II-era.  Our expectations were great, but marginally ever met.