When did I completely lose touch?
I guess it depends, which came first: CSI or American Idol? Well, I can't count CSI because I do acknowledge that it's a well written, well acted show, I just don't care for the format. So that leaves us with American Idol. I remember watching part of the first season in shock as they ran cheesy Coke commercials DURING the show. It was like the 1950's again, I expected Uncle Milty to be one of the judges. I couldn't stand it, but now it's the biggest thing in the world. So yeah, that had to be the moment.
I used to be so in tune with the people, but now I don't understand them. "Smith" is the first series cancelled this year? The first?! I honestly thought it was the best pilot of this new TV season. I thought the second episode held up, and the third was a tad weak. But two out of three ain't bad, right? Wrong.
Well, the fact is that it doesn't really matter, cause it wasn't even like the ratings were great the first episode and then went down. They started low and stayed there. And why, you ask? Because it was up against Law and Order: SVU. Law and Order! There are ten other Law and Orders people can watch during the week, couldn't they have taken Tuesday off and watched "Smith". Apparently, not. America seems to love shit that's wrapped up in a nice little bow at the end of every episode with the good guys putting the bad guys in jail and all being right with the world. I guess they were put off by a bunch of criminals stealing from people and dying in botched robberies. Un-cynical bastards.
Uh, I'm so pissed. I guess I should be thankful that it wasn't right before a major heist or cool romantic get together. But dammit, I still want to know what was going to happen with that fat Samoan dude and Simon Baker! Can John Wells just tell me that so I can sleep at night, please?
I seriously haven't been this upset over a cancellation since maybe "Class of '96" or "Malibu Shores". And "Smith" is way better than both of those, except it didn't feature the great Kari Wuhrer.
But the central dilemma here is that I'm frequently finding myself outside the national consensus of what's good. And it sucks, because they win everytime. And then I'm stuck with the stuff they like and I hate. Just look at this list:
"American Idol", Ludacris, "CSI", Mischa, Superhero movies, "Dancing with the Stars", "Sexyback", horror movies starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, movies starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timbaland, myspace, spoilers, Video Ipods, Dane Cook, Gnarls Barkley, "Lord of the Rings", Brittany Murphy...the list goes on and on.
I think we all know what this means. It's something I really don't want to admit, but faced with this indisputable evidence I have to. It means...
I'm officially old.