Sunday, 14 October 2007

Geeks of’t world unite ~ against shite!

O my dog. No wait, O my frog and dog. You would not believe the absolutely appalling shite we’ve had to endure on Star World this week. Not only have they stopped showing ‘Psych’ fert Sunday omnibus, they’ve also subjected us to such fucking shite as some American thing called ‘Who Wants To Be a Superhero?’

I ask you. Are we not bombarded wi’ enough shite already, that they have to come up with some bollocks about pretending to be a comic book superhero – fer real? I mean, come on. Whatever happened to writing new shit? Why do we have to put wi’ recycled crap to fill the timetable? Can we have a new series, please? One that’s not derivative of that famous one, or that ground-breaking one, of a month / week / year ago?

I’m the first to admit that I love watching ‘Supernatural’ – fert Jensen Ackles quotient, some would scathingly say.

But I argue it’s fer all them bits of The X-Files we never got to see cos Scully / someone were looking ‘the other way’ at time.

However you slice it, surely it’s derivative of ‘The X-Files’ or some such shite that’s come before. Fair enough.

I’m a sci-fi geek – anyone who reads this will tell you that. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine? I’m there. Babylon Five: get tae fuck. Firefly: I’m there wi bells on. Star Wars: only the first – original – three will do (alright, that’s episodes 4, 5 and 6 fert fellow-geeks). Doctor bloody Who: Two, a wee bit of Five, or Nine, or hyowj great lashings of Ten will do it. Red Dwarf: early eps = in. Films like ‘Alien’ and the sequel ‘Aliens’ : I’m in (‘Alien 3’: no. Good concept done horribly wrong – same as the film version of ‘Stargate’).

Point is, I like sci-fi, grew up on it (‘The Pretender’, ‘Quantum Leap’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘Tales From the Crypt’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, to blame but a few), and still love it to bits. But that dunt mean I have to put wi this shite just cos someone thought it’d be a good idea to try and re-package ‘America’s Next Top Model’ while taking a wild leap at back of the money-making train that is ‘Heroes’.

So where does that leave ‘Who Wants To Be A Superhero?’ Ont shit heap, where it deserves to be. Sorry, ‘Stan the Man’ Lee, it’s one step beyond, and in me madness, I refuse to leap. Call me reserved, or staid, or just plain sane, but I’m not going for it. It’s American public lapping up any old shite – as me purr old mate Mr * will attest.

However, in me geekness I do have to read this, stroke me chin, and wonder, just fert moment, if it’s going to be fantasmagorically excellent, or complete shite: Simon Pegg fer Scotty! We shall have to wait and see, methinks…

Believe it or not, everyone’s going to get a ‘peach and lube’ today. Cos it’s Sunday, we’re off to see 'Aida' at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in about three hours’ time, and I’ve just bought the boxed DVD set of Supernatural. How made-up am I? I think you can guess.

Peach and lube, then.

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You included Red Dwarf. You are indeed a hero.

Camera Obscura said...

Is "Who Wants..." not some of the worst tripe you've had the misfortune to try to wrap your brain around? American TV can be total shite, simply b/c there are too many channels and therefore too many hours in the day to fill, even given all the infomercials.

And I'm thrilled to say that the critics are panning "Viva Laughlin" pretty much universally.

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