Television

I Wanted to Like It

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I truly wanted to give the series 9-1-1 that is airing on the Fox Network a fair chance. After all, I’ve worked in public safety in many capacities for the past thirty years. And, I went to the same high school at roughly the same time with series co-creator Ryan Murphy (he is two years younger than I), so I should want to support his efforts.

The show profile at Fox.com says,

image of 9-1-1 logoCreators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear reimagine the procedural drama with 9-1-1, exploring the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives. The provocative series stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Love Hewitt (“The Client List,” “Ghost Whisperer”). Additionally, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar and Ryan Guzman (“Notorious,” “Heroes Reborn”) are featured in series regular roles.

image of Angela Bassett from 9-1-1So here’s the problem: These high caliber actors have been put into a show that is supposed to be provocative and all I can see is terrible scripting, campy acting and unrealistic dialogue. Public safety workers simply don’t talk the way these actors are talking on the show. Honestly, Angela Bassett as beat cop Athena Grant? Someone with her stature should be cast as the mayor, not a street cop. Her delivery is akin to a Shakespearean actor reciting an episode of the Flintstones. It simply doesn’t fit. Most of the characterizations on this show are over-the-top and unrealistic.

The heroic acts portrayed on the show always seem to have some dramatic overture attached to them. In the real world of public safety the participants are gritting their teeth, digging in to the task at hand, and often cussing every other word just to get the job done. They don’t fill their time with grandiose monologues about how the job will be done. They do the job.

As to the relationships between the characters on the show, it just seems forced. The love interests are smashed together out of the convenience of the soundstage, as it were. The struggles of the various public safety workers are stereotypical — just more of the same that we see on every other cop/hospital/firefighter/EMS themed series.

I really wanted to like the show. I simply can’t. Sorry, Ryan. You and Brad have done better.

Social

Sensitive Twitter User

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I had an experience using Twitter today that I’ve never had. I’ve been using the platform since 2006. Today I responded to a post from Spotify about the 4 [sic] year anniversary of Miley Cyrus’ album, Bangerz. I noted that I didn’t care then and don’t care now. I even mentioned that I could not care less.

Obviously, a few Miley fans sent remarks, but they weren’t over-the-top or terribly vile. One fellow posted:

I thought it was funny and probably good natured, so I replied:
“I’m good with that.” I included this gif:

I was told to join the tasteless, so I thought the gif was funny. A chimpmunk eating is always funny, to me. He obviously has taste.

My accuser sent a photo back asking, “Wut?”

I provided a screen shot [seen above] of his original post as reference. I was only replying and engaging in conversation. I meant nothing mean; I didn’t intend to upset. I thought we were having a simple, very non-threatening banter.

I was informed I needed to stop harassing him. Okay, friend. My apologies. I certainly won’t respond anymore. I meant no harm. 13 years a Twitter user; lesson learned after all that time. Don’t respond if you don’t know them. I can do that.

By the way, I blocked that user. If they don’t want to interact — and I run the risk of causing them frustration — I certainly don’t want ANY opportunity for the conversation to continue. I can’t afford the negative reputation.

Current Events

He Said, She Said

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I’ve been looking for ways to express my opinion on the Dr. Ford & Judge Kavanaugh hearing in the Senate yesterday. My friend Craig has summed up my thoughts rather well:

I have a lot of strong opinions about the mess going on in Washington this past week. My strongest belief, however, is this: If you believe one person or the other based largely on whether you put an R or a D beside your name on primary day, you really need to rethink your values.
-C. S.

I add this: If a person did not watch the hearing and they are basing their “belief” on the slanted news source of choice, they may want to hush.

Worse yet is if they are only latching on to the musings of another R or D driven person as their source of info, but they didn’t watch the hearing at all. That might be a great reason to just keep their opinion to themselves.

This event was one of the ugliest for this country that I’ve ever witnessed.

Counting Skeletons

Imitation is Flattery?

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I recently had an opportunity to go see the band The Decemberists at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati. I went with Eric, the guitarist in my band. It was a great performance and I truly enjoyed the evening of music and stage shenanigans.

Not long ago, the guys in my group got together and did a quick learn of The Decemberists song, “Sucker’s Prayer.” We obviously don’t have all the instrumentation they do, nor do we have the number of vocalists. But I think it was a noble attempt at the song. We recorded it for one of our episodes of Tales from the Closet.

The video here is our take on the song.