Schadenfreude

“Your body’s a labyrint!” | January 26, 2006

I’m an inherent sceptic about most of what comes out of American popular culture. I’ve found it to be the healthiest (quite literally) stance I can take, as it’ll prevent a massive let-down and allow me a pleasant surprise if the subject matter turns out to be of a certain caliber.

When a TV-show looks like a new Shawshank without the feelgood factor mixed with the nerve, pacing and shrewdness of Escape from Alcatraz, that scepticism is fighting like a bull not to get caught in the hysteria.

Admittedly, I had certain expectations upon watching the first episode of Prison Break, but they were carefully acclimatized as to accomodate the usual capacity of a new TV-show. I wasn’t let-down, but that’s not said I’m no longer a sceptic. Moreso, if anything. If you haven’t been in touch with me earlier, you won’t know that I’m quite dissapointed in the somewhat overestimated series ‘Lost’.

I’m quite dissapointed in the somewhat overestimated series ‘Lost’. Now you know.

I’m not making this a full-out rant on TV-shows, but the factors that sway me away from a show such as ‘Lost’ is primarily the long-windedness of it and constant inctroduction of seemingly irrelevant and uninteresting plot points that doesn’t appear to have a shred of bearing. The sense of watching scenes and episodes that feel like nothing more than fillers is not one I really want to expose myself to. I don’t have all day to watch the telly, so I’ve gotta weed out the shit.

Hopefully this won’t be the case with the Scofield bros, and hopefully it won’t drag on for several seasons. These shows so often look like they can’t be stretched over multiple seasons due to the nature of the subject – this is no exception; hey, let’s break out in season 3, yeah? – but whaddyaknow, we’re dealing with Americans. Let’s keep it as tight and intense as it is at the moment, shall we, Fox?

I’ll be watching, but I’ll keep my eye on it.


5 Comments »

  1. I live in America and will be the first to tell you that television here is fucking painful to watch. MTV might as well be called the “Young Whores Network.” Watch an episode of “Next” to see what I’m talking about. Even Comedy Central plays shitty content such as Mad TV and Drawn Together.

    I’ve pretty much stuck to Discovery, Travel, National Geographic, and HGTV when relevant.

    Comment by Will — January 27, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

  2. Our own version MTV isn’t much of a difference. Jackass spin-offs, Punk’d, Laguna Beach and stuff like that is all they ever air. The only somewhat passable show is Chapelle’s Show, but even that’s dwindling.

    Comment by Haarball — January 27, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

  3. He (Dave Chappelle) will be on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” w/ James Lipton. It is all-new and he will most likely be touching on where the fuck he’s been for the last 2 years. The new season was supposed to start over a year ago and Comedy Central promises that they are in fact done shooting and will air the new 3rd season this year.

    Comment by Will — January 27, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

  4. I don’t know who James Lipton is (perhaps I know him by looks, not sure), don’t know what his show is and I had no idea Dave Chapelle had been hiding for the past 2 years. We’re getting Chapelle’s Show on MTV these days, so I figured it was fairly recent.

    When’s this Actor Studio show? Feel free to post here about any significant info he chooses to reveal on upcoming comedic parades.

    Comment by Haarball — January 27, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

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    Comment by Vfknwlmg — May 8, 2009 @ 11:35 am


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