Why I Can’t Watch Todays TV Shows
|Now which one is Laura and which is Lori?|
Maybe I’m just old. Maybe I’m stupid. Maybe today’s actors, writers and directors suck.
First the characters in shows today all look alike. Even mothers and daughters look the same age and have the same hair color and hair style. To make things even more confusing all the names are similar…Laura, Lauren, Ben, Bob, Rob, Marylou, Maryann.
Who can tell who from friggin who?
If all this confusion is not enough, some acting genius has decided that whispering is dramatic and dramatic is good….except now along with not knowing who is friggin who, we don’t know what friggin who is saying to who!
OK, I have learned that if I really concentrate and turn the volume up to 73 I can hear the dialog and keep track of who is who most of the time, so…the directors have added a new wrinkle to shows…jumping forward and back in time.
A typical show today starts off with several characters who look alike whispering dialog that you can’t hear and just as you think you can figure out what is going on they jump ahead 15 years and when you almost get used to the plot they go back 12 years. To fully understand what is happening 15 years ahead, it requires knowing facts from 15 years back which they do not let you know until after time jumping several times.
Finally, if you are really paying close attention to the time frame, the look-alike characters with the same sounding names, and have the volume turned up extra high, it all comes together:
“OH, so Sally was really Sara’s twin who was married to Ed, Edith’s brother and Susie was the bastard daughter fathered by Ernie the gardener who is Sally’s husband Ernst’s doppelganger. Finally, it all makes sense!”
No wonder I prefer re-runs of “Leave it to Beaver.