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Thar he blows!

Sorry to be a Mr. Cranky-Pants this morning, but I need to vent about something that’s been bugging me all week.

“And what’s that?” you ask. Well, I’ll tell you; political preaching and cheap shots in TV dramas and comedy.

The latest one happened on Monday night’s episode of Castle.

Maybe the writers thought they were being clever, slipping in a snide comment about Dick Cheney – something about taking his soul to the devil. Maybe it was an ad lib. To be honest, I don’t care. All I know is it gave me a ‘Huh?’ moment, like the ones we don’t want our readers to get, and in case you’re wondering, I’d be just as peeved if it had been a cheap shot at a Democrat.

When it comes to drama and comedy on television, I don’t care which side of the political fence the show’s writers are on, I care about being entertained. If I was remotely interested in those folk’s political opinions, I’d seek out their blog and read about them there.

I certainly don’t want them preaching their political gospel, praising their favorite politicians, or making spiteful remarks about people they disapprove of through the mouths of the show’s characters – like they had Nathan Fillion do this week.

Sure, there are some characters (like Hugh Laurie’s Greg House) who you would expect to say something political, or plain rude, but let’s face it, House is an equal opportunity boor. Sometimes the theme of a TV drama demands that characters have a political stance on a current issue, at least for that episode, but most of the time, it’s not needed, and frankly, irritating.

Maybe I’m just being over-sensitive, but honestly, it almost had me reaching for the off switch, and much as I enjoy Castle, if it happens again, I’ll probably stop watching.

How about you?

Am I wrong to think it’s wrong, or should those writers leave their soapboxes and personal prejudice at home?

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Nov. 14th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Good question. I imagine people's reactions will be varied. Personally, I usually cringe because usually if they're expressing an opinion I support, they do it in an embarrassingly simplistic way, and if they express an opinion I don't support, I want to expostulate a bit. If it goes along with a character's personality--as you were saying about House, say--then I think it's okay, but I don't like when the writers appear to be assuming that all their viewers are going to share in a particular political opinion.

In polices shows, they'll sometimes take some issue--like, oh, say, whether to drug-test your teen kids--and explore it. Generally I find they just trot out the typical pro and con opinions on both sides. Those shows are pretty popular, so I guess a number of people do like that kind of thing on TV. The funny thing is, whatever side they come down on for a given issue, there are bound to be people offended.
Nov. 14th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I've seen it before in other shows. I don't mind when it's got something to do with the plot, but it jerks me right out of the show when it's gratuitous - I hope I spelled that right :)

Thanks for sharing :)

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