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Posted on 2008.12.14 at 12:15


dentin at 2008-12-14 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Fionna is watching all of NCIS right now. I saw most of one episode, and found it utterly unappealing: I'm not interested in the drama, and I'm not interested in the personal conflicts. I don't care about the girlfriend problems, the divorced wife, or the hatred they have for criminal X. What the hell is wrong with these people? (Don't even get me started on 'Lost'.)

I find the characters horribly flawed, shallow, and/or in drama pits of their own making. I see this around me all the time; I definitely don't need more of it in the media. How about positive role models? People who are sane, stable, rational, and don't screw up the lives of everyone they touch? People who have tough, crappy decisions to make, and simply do they best they can and deal with the fallout?

Once you remove the drama and personal conflicts, you're left with approximately two minutes of technobabble which sometimes makes sense. I consider this insufficient as a draw.

Some of this explains why I liked Babylon 5. The characters were IMHO much more rational and sane than I see in most of these dramas.
ehowton at 2008-12-14 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
I usually enjoy the first two seasons of a show. That's usually when it starts turning inward, the draw of the initial attraction being pushed to the peripheral as the writers focus instead on the characters. NCIS is the only series I have five of. I enjoy its humor - but its still all the same show. They all are.I've seen the same weak plots played out over many different series, and it becomes rote along the way. Nothing is new any more.

The reasons you mentioned play heavily into why I still enjoy BSG. real, flawed people struggling to do the right thing despite themselves. Or at least to their own myopic perspective, which always makes things interesting. They're not textbook heroes, but everyday, average ones. The real ones who make a difference day in and day out. There's enough real-world politics applied that lends an edge to it, as we see the same machinations going on around us. Which of course leads to not wanting to be 'entertained' by something you spend real life immersed in. At that point it just gets exhausting.
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