Post by trijcomm
You mean like "Big Love?"
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Apparently 'Big Love' has earned a wide audience, seeing
that it's already got the green light for another season,
and has received many fine reviews. But showing it right
after 'The Sopranos' does seem to make strange bedfellows.
I remember when 'Six Feet Under' started out. I've never
been a big fan of melodramatic "soap opera" series, which
is why I vastly prefer intense action dramas which include
wholesale death, murder, kidnapping, rape, torture, disease,
earthquakes, plagues, alien invasions, demonic hauntings and
possessions, black witchcraft, voodoo curses, blood, guts,
gore, destruction, hellfire, eternal damnation...all those
wonderfully entertaining elements that make for great TV
(i.e. one reason I've always DVR-to-DVD'd every episode
of 'Most Haunted', 'Ghost Hunters', 'Ghost Towns', etc.,
since that's the real deal, real murder, real damnation).
But after watching the first season of 'Six Feet Under',
I really began to appreciate its depth and originality.
It seemed to improve with each season, until the final
episode which basically was the best single television
episode of any series since television began--bar none.
Will 'Big Love' get there eventually? Not likely, but
the premier episode was quite good. Then the next few
episodes seemed a bit lacklustre by comparison. Then it
started to pick up again. I enjoy watching it now, and
apparently so do millions of other HBO subscribers, too.
You can't please everybody. For example, there are actually
some souls out there who don't watch '24' or 'The Sopranos';
they didn't watch 'Rome', or 'Carnivale'; many people don't
watch 'House', or 'Prison Break', or 'Criminal Minds', etc.
Go figure. By stark contrast, how does 'America Idol' earn
such stellar ratings? It's definitely not my cup of tea, but,
unlike some people, I don't go around criticizing shows that
I never watch. You can always change the channel, or hit the
off button, if you don't like a particular television show.
A lot of people apparently didn't enjoy ABC's recent movie
'Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America'. That movie was so good
I was channel-flipping to 'House' only during the commercial
breaks! And yet the movie got bad ratings. I guess that some
people are uncomfortable with subject matter that deals with
death and dying, global pandemics and catastrophic upheavals,
heaven and hell, gods and devils, eternity, chaos, elections,
religions, the eternal battle of Armageddon etc ad infinitum.
They don't know what they're missing. Are they cowards, maybe,
or just milquetoast Liberals who're afraid of their own dark
shadows?...('Dark Shadows' was the best soap opera ever made). :-D
Daniel Joseph Min
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