Saturday, 27 August 2011

TV world

The end of summer has pretty slim pickings when it comes to TV. Given that there are many types of TV show that I can't bear to watch hey are even slimmer for me! 

One of the things that most annoys me has to be reality TV. You may already have got the (correct) impression that I am extremely biased in my TV viewing... mostly American, largely Sci-Fi or 'cult' (I hate that word, but I use it to cover all TV series that are immensely and possibly disproportionately popular). I loathe reality TV. Of all types. 

I hate those 'docu-drama' things with 'normal' people doing boring things; and possibly worse than those are all those contestant shows full of either awful nobodies or Z-list celebrities. 

There will come a time when sociologists of the future wonder what the attraction of these shows was. Until then I shall just boycott terrestrial TV and stick with my DVD collection and cable channels!

Current favourite TV show - Burn Notice about Michael Westen, everyone's favourite burned spy.

My name is Michael Westen. I used to be a spy, until... [phonecall] "We got a burn notice on you. You're blacklisted". When you're burned, you've got nothing. No cash, no credit, no job history. You're stuck in whatever city they decide to dump you in. (Michael) "Where am I?" (Fiona - in an Irish accent) "Miami". You do whatever work comes your way. You rely on anyone who's still talking to you. A trigger-happy ex-girlfriend... (Fiona - in an Irish accent) "Shall we shoot them?"; an old friend who used to inform on you to the FBI... (Sam) "You know spies. Bunch of bitchy little girls"; family too... [phone rings, Michael doesn't answer] (Sam) "That your mom again?" ...if you're desperate, (Madeline) "Someone needs your help Michael". Bottom line is: as long as you're burned, you're not going anywhere.

Yes, I can recite the whole introduction voice over from memory.