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.