Dear ladies and gents,
as I mentioned a number of times before, we try not to discriminate at Couchslobs. But UK shows have been popular forever. And Scandinavian shows are the.hottest.thing. at the moment.
So why are we all of sudden turning our noses at… let’s call them mainstream shows?
That is not to say all of them are crap. Not at all (I watch plenty). And obvs there is an audience for it, otherwise their numbers wouldn’t be so great. I’ll be the first to admit I like tuning into CSI because you can do just that – tune in at random, get the gist of it fairly quickly and guess the killer about 10 minutes in. There is a kind of comfort in that, no?
And that is not to say you don’t get some duds coming out of UK either (see Mayday. Or rather – don’t see Mayday).
But yes, let’s take a look at some of the things that can be erm irksome when it comes to mainstream shows.
Let’s get the shallow out of the way, mmmkay? Because a) that’s how we roll and b) you know I can be a shallow bish sometimes.
- people look normal. Women, men, children. And by normal, you can see wrinkles, or crooked teeth (the horror!), regular boobs, faces move. You know, regular people. And I’m not saying these actors are ugly, far from it, Idris Elba for example, a hunk of a man. Lena Endre (Wallander) is gorgeous. David Tennant, Matt Smith, Suranne Jones, even Cabbagepatch (I know an acquired taste, but whatever), Martin Freeman, Olivia Colman, the list goes on. All shapes, sizes, ages, colors.
- the styling. For example – character A will go to a hair salon. With a fresh blow dry. And she goes out looking exactly the same. I don’t know how you roll, but by the time I do go to the hair salon, my hair usually looks like I’ve been dragged through the hedge. Backwards.
Or you have a character B. Who goes to walk the dog in some type of a get up that looks like something fresh off the runway. O RLY? Sweatpants, manky t-shirt, trainers. Moon boots in the winter and feel free to judge, there was half a meter of snow where I am at. Even if I feel adventurous and wear something oh I don’t know clean, chances are I will end up covered in muddy dog prints.
Or my favorite – CSI white pants. Which can be worn to the worst crime scenes imaginable and still they stay snow white and perfectly pressed. Great job of keeping it real!
Ok, on to the more serious reasons.
- good writing. See, the story is kind of important. That is not to say if the story is rubbish, people will not watch (how else can you explain Two and a Half Men). But yeah, give me a story I can sink my teeth into (see any given Scandinavian show).
- this ties to the above reason – I hate it that the producers think we are stupid. I’ll be the first to admit I have my slow days, but I mean, come on! Want to know how you can tell if they think we are stupid? Something will happen that is sorta important to the plot. 5 minutes later there will be a discussion of some sort and they will show you what happened 5 minutes previously (usually in black and white). As I said, I can be slow, but come on!
Ok dear ladies and gents tell me – what are the things that annoy you as a viewer?