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Bastards make good drama, a story must have conflict. 24 is not just about torture, Passion Of The Christ and Saw movies are.
The anti-hero's been a long literary device, vigilanty characters like Robin Hood or highway men were not nice people. Marvel comics had the Submariner in 1939, Batman was a real prick back then too, the 30s through 50s pulp characters made Jack Bauer look like a big pussy.
Popularity has nothing to do with being right or justified, Paris Hilton's popular!
9/3/2012 7:03:32 AM
And the moral of the story is: If you want some serious ass-kicking done, don't send that lobotomised drooler Chuck Norris - Send a Canadian! (Jack Bauer = Kiefer Sutherland = Canadian)
9/17/2012 3:53:57 AM
One top rated show of 2012 was "A Game of Thrones". In Laura's mind this is close to a national referendum that it's okay to murder your father and diddle your sister. Another was "Mad Men", proving to Laura, I guess, that America is okay with alcoholism and identity theft.
9/17/2012 5:10:49 AM
"The average American out there loves the show "24," OK? They love Jack Bauer, they love "24." In my mind, that's as close to a national referendum that it's OK to use tough tactics against high-level al-Qaida operatives as we're ever going to get."
'No Television without Representation'?! I know there's phone polls in "Britain/America's Got (No) Talent" & it's 'Reality TV' ilk, but that's stretching things so far as to make Shaun T's 'Insanity Workout' seem like Pilates for the over-60s.
And I thought TV in the US (apart from PBS on cable) was funded purely by advertising. There's me thinking that we in the UK paid for an annual TV Licence
which paid for the BBC; effectively a compulsory Broadcasting poll tax. Yet, I can't decide what can be shown on the BBC at least.
...more's the pity. All the so-called 'Reality TV' would be replaced by actual
documentaries, soap operas would be replaced with Sci-Fi TV series, and there would be a 'BBC Anime' channel, showing the very latest series airing in Japan.
Alas, if wishes were currency, I'd be homeless and starving. And that's the point. Also: what appears on TV - except for (non-Faux News) news/documentaries - isn't real.
WWE, for one. Pantomime for inbred ADHD-afflicted rednecks. Ah, whither the Sumo on Channel 4 in the late 80s...? At least that's a real competition.
9/17/2012 8:51:07 AM
The invasion of Afghanistan wasn't "tough enough" for you?
Somehow I doubt that the people of Afghanistan would dispute that.
9/17/2012 10:40:27 AM
I'm dissapointed to hear British TV has fallen to bullshit docucrap as it has in North America. Years ago most the good history documenteries and science programs came from Britain. A lot of my YouTube time is committed to finding the many shows we don't see over here.
Oh for the days of Nova or Connections.
Do you guys get shit like the Nostradamus Effect or Ancient Battles (treats Bible battles as actual history?)?
9/18/2012 2:17:50 PM
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