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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 05:41 pm (UTC)
I think I'd have to say I love the cheap shots - better yet, I love the clever witty revealing lines. But I think I expect it more? It happens a lot in Aussie and British TV and it's funny. They have a couple of really good political-comedy shows here in Canada, but they're supposed to be taking a dig so that's different.

I've never heard of Castle, but it sounds like a show that's got nothing to do with politics so maybe that's what's so jarring? I can think of more than a few shows where a political dig would be really weird.

I tend to think that popular culture and entertainment should be a place for political commentary. Depends on how it's done, but it's an effective vehicle for critique and getting people to think beyond the surface - yet, on the downside, it's also perfect for propaganda (like Independence Day - wow, could you get any more blatant? What about 24?) I don't think I'm expressing myself at all well here. I don't think it needs to have anything to do with plot though. I'm not sure I would have noticed anything wrong with a snide side-comment about Dick Cheney. He is ripe for them after all ;)
Nov. 14th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's just me then, but I do find it annoying, whichever side or person is being kicked.

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