April 10, 2006
A modern woman's perspective on TV's take on love, sex, and everything in between.Love Is On The Air
But He's So Dreamy
Jerk Love In Prime-Time
|So far as I can tell, the basic idea seems to be that I should be a confident, intelligent, interesting woman who spends a good deal of time and energy pursuing bliss with a man who is not particularly interesting, not particularly intelligent, and not particularly nice to me.|
Rory's a sweet and spunky Yale student. Veronica's a sassy teen detective with skillz so mad she'd make Nancy Drew crap her roadster in shame. Clearly, these are two young women who are going places in life — except romantically, where their exploits have caused previously intelligent people to flood the IMDB message board with an endless discourse that looks something like this: Veronica LUVS Logan!! Veronica HEARTS Duncan!!! Dean iz Rory's TRULUV!!!! There's no way Logan is as good for Rory as Jess was, and if u dont agrE U R stoopid!!!!!! (This second Logan is a different one. There is a Veronica's Logan and a Rory's Logan. I realize that this is confusing, but it is not my fault. There is some kind of law currently in effect at the minor networks requiring every show to have a Logan, and no matter now you feel about it, you just have to tough it out, because this is how it's going to be, at least until fall when the new season begins and everyone's named Tyler or Zach. Also, I must confess I'm not entirely sure that those people on the IMDB boards were previously all that intelligent. But I do know that a little stupid leads to a lot of stupid, and in that way, entire civilizations are lost. So.)
Lost's Kate has her own little surly-dreamboat seesaw going on with Jack and Sawyer. To be honest, I don't know that I'd label Jack 100% dickwad, but he certainly has enough mood swings and daddy issues to prevent any girl in her right mind from considering him good boyfriend material. Now, Kate does deserve some slack, because being trapped on a mystical island that just flat-out doesn't allow emotionally functional people is a pretty good excuse for bad romantic decision-making. Her only other options are ranch-hoarding Hurley ("Dude!"), drug-addicted hobbit Charlie, and whichever of Scott and Steve is still alive. Besides, as a wanted murderer herself, Kate isn't exactly a prize, and she's damn lucky Claire's too busy with the baby to walk around looking any more nubile and dewy than she already does. Still, sooner or later, they're all going to run out of sunscreen, and a girl could hag up mighty fast in that equatorial climate. Kate could be up Spinster Creek without a paddle before she knows it. She'd do wise to make with the choosing now and get her freak on whilst she can.
You know, it's not that I don't get the need for dramatic tension — and the pressure on the writers to create it week after week. I do. I also get that characters need to be flawed to be real. But that's just it: if my favorite characters are making foolish choices, I want that behavior to be coming from real struggles deep within the character, and NOT just some tired old plot clichˇ along the lines of "Good Gurls Think Bad Boyz R Hott." Hell, ER's Abby's toxic touch in relationships has certainly annoyed me many a time over the years, but the fact that it came from a real place — the emotional damage caused by her whackjob Sally Field of a mother — made it make sense, and made it worthwhile to stick with her on her long, long road to semi-okay-ness. Putting a heroine through romantic difficulty is a pretty clear ploy to get me to root for her happiness, so I don't think it's much to ask that what I'm supposed to be rooting for be root-worthy. I mean, sure, there are plenty of real women who behave like the ones on the TV. I know some of them. They're the friends whose calls I've started screening. The fact that this exists in real life doesn't mean I want it from my entertainment. There's a reason there's not a hit show called, An Afternoon at the DMV.
|One of the great things about television is that we get to take a real journey with a character. We spend years with these people. Watching them screw up is an important part of that journey, yes. But we need payoff, too.|
And then find new ways to fuck things up.
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