We hardly ever watch TV these days at home. The commercials just kill me. And in the US, they’re even more obnoxious and frequent than in Sweden. (that’s really the only other frame of reference I’ve got). I, like many others in these new and interesting times, prefer watching shows on my own terms. Or at least that’s what I tell myself anyway – that they are my own terms, and not dictated to me by some big media conglomerate high up in the sky. So the best way to rebel against this TV nonsense, is of course….. to watch TV. On DVD that is. Or the interwebbietubes. Because, that’s like sticking it to the man, right?
Right now we’re hooked on the Wire. Previously it was Sopranos, Entourage, Dexter. The list goes on. There are just so many good shows out there and so little time. It’s a little like having an endless supply of cocaine, but not enough noses to snort it with. There ought to be a 12 step program for this somewhere, because I’m willing to at least admit addiction. And promise to quit right after we finish the Wire. Only 4 more episodes to go.
And doesn’t it seem like the shows keep getting more and more “realistic” and “gritty”. Or at least that’s what reviews tell me. “More realistic and gritty”, they say. How can this be sustainable? With that kinda development in realism I’m fully expecting characters in shows in the near future to jump out of the screen and punch me in the face. Some slight strangulation, maybe. Anything short of that will be a complete failure and disappointment for television as we know it. Either that or they should bring back Smell-O-Vision.