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after a brief text conversation with peggy, i feel the need to add a quick addendum as it regards my previous post.

it's not that i don't like the show. i think it's okay. but merely okay. it's not something i could watch more than once.

part of the problem i think i have with it comes from how there are times it tries to be "edgy" (whatever that means), but it fails to truly be edgy because american television isn't allowed to be really edgy, especially network television. So when it tries, the effect falls flat for me, like a guy who has hyped himself up to punch me in the stomach as hard as he can and in the end when he tries all it does is tickle. They would have done better to not try that whole "edgy" bit because then i wouldn't have had anything to be disappointed about.

but i think i have a more heightened awareness to that now that i've downloaded and watched Torchwood. I think i need to download more british tv.

and, as i told peggy, the whole Lost thing would be much much better if the main character at some point got hold of a green lantern ring.

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Feb. 19th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
British TV is awesome and I don't even know that much about it. I think what finally decided it for me was when I was watching what would normally apear on network british TV and saying to myself "THEY DID NOT JUST SAY THAT HOLY COW". Ideas/words/phrases that would normally cause a full-scale riot/uproar on US networks were passed off as commonplace on British TV.

In fact, I think it was an f-bomb.

From what little I do see, US television has turned into:
1. Mind-numbing game shows (Deal/No Deal? Worst game concept ever)
2. Reality shows (overdone!)
3. Punchline-and-Lafftrax sitcoms
4. Mega-hype Over-budget-graphics news channels
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Feb. 19th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
i'm not sure what this post eludes to exactly, but i view this very differently for a couple of different points.

i haven't watched tv with adverts for a while now as all the stuff i watch i torrent. having been used to that, of course i know where adverts will sometimes go, but any "scene" or "act" of a show is going to have its own set of rises and falls, and while some of those are built around the strictures of an advert break, some aren't.

what this results in is that i never expect adverts anymore. even when i did watch tv with adverts, i never thought about what was going on with the show during those adverts. i've never been one to do that sort of guessing or anticipation or any of that. i just shut my brain off to that until it became relevent again. so the continuity break or expected continuity break... that doesn't fall true to me.

nor will it be true to british telly watchers or british shows because their shows are built with advert "bookends" like public television in the states, so there's no interruption to the show at all.

as for movie motivation and such, i don't think i agree with that point either - i see moviegoers as more of the sort that go to turn their brains off rather than turn their brains on. a large majority of movies are "instant garatification" sort of things, seeing things blow up or this special effect or this love story transpire and resolve itself in this short period of time.

televion series, on the other hand, are the sort of thing that people get invested in, care about the characters over a period of years and seasons and whatever. seven years of gilmore girls has seen rory graduate high school and college. seven to eight years of highlander showed richie get killed by duncan during a dark quickening. four years of batman beyond showed terry finally feel worthy to be called batman. those are the sort of connects that bring people to watch shows years after years in a context that movies hardly ever dare to accomplish on the screen with a few exceptions. compare how people follow and care about the life of jack bauer and his surrounding family and people from "24" with those that actually care about the personal life of james bond.

maybe i'm missing your point too. i'm hella tired.
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