Sunday, November 23, 2008


Went to a friend's house to watch the 2-hour television event "24". I thought it was the season premiere. It's not. it's like a mini movie, a mini movie available for purchase this Tuesday. What I loved most about the "24" was the synergistic relationship between the show and the evening news. If watching the fictitious children soldiers on"24" made you interested in the plight of real-life children soldiers, then you could watch the news to learn more. I don't really watch TV news, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Fox never made a huge effort to cover this atrocity much. If it turned out that missing blond girls had been recruited to fight for Tutsi warlords, I'm sure it would have generated non-stop coverage. I discovered that I actually don't enjoy it when certain TV shows try to tackle important issues. I might sit this season out. If, however, in season 8 Jack Baur has to race around the world to find a cure for breast cancer, I'll totally start watching again.


Butternut said...

I'm surprised you were able to watch 24. Usually THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME!

I'm looking for a cure for breast cancer, one breast at a time. Well, actually two breasts at a time. Just one would be weird.

Does the Daily Show count as TV news? P.S., loved Wyatt's "Best F'ing News" intro he did for himself awhile back.

Tim said...

At the behest of a woman I yearned for I watched a few disks of season four (I think) a few years ago: you either can or you can't get behind Keiffer as the man whose cellphone could save the world. I couldn't but I wanted to. The upshot is the very mention of LOST makes my heart race. I agree though about shows tackling issues why, when Star Trek The Next Generation first came out it was a hoot but by season three they were tackling homelessness, various addiction and inter-dependency. If I wanted to tackle issues I'd have gotten married and we'd sit down to wring out hands over the six o'oclock bullshit every night.