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06 October 2006 @ 01:19 am
bye bye aaron  
I bailed out of Studio 60 for good a few minutes into "The Focus Group". The 9/11 reference, uttered with the same self-important 'everything changed' attitude that the idiot crew of Friedmans and warbloggers use to justify, well, everything, and I was gone. Couldn't help but think of the Daily Show Lebanon segment, that took that self-centered attitude and slammed it back in the face of the audience with all the wit and courage that S60 has been utterly lacking.

Sorry, Sorkin, you've got nothing interesting to say to me this time around. S60 was already hanging on a thin thread because of the ludicrous solemnity. Network sketch comedy hasn't been socially relevant since the sixties, and no more than vestigally culturally relevant since... hell maybe the late seventies.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on October 6th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
If you really turned the episode off after only a few minutes, then you missed the point. Which wasn't revealed until the very end.
Lauratavella on October 7th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
But it wasn't the story that bothered me -- I don't have any opinion on focus groups, they can be useful betas or heralds of blandization, it's all in how you use them -- it was the stupid smug evocation of 9/11 that annoyed me.
Number One Spoonherongale on October 6th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
I think I have to agree, although I was done with s60 after just the second episode, when they did that sketch using the exact same Rogers and Hammerstein music that Sorkin used prominently in a West Wing episode a few years back. I've never experienced such highs (the first episode) descending so quickly to bitter lows (the end of the second) before. It's really a shame, because Sorkin COULD be awesome if he forgot for a moment that he's smart and clever and just, for once, wrote down a story because it was a STORY.
Lauratavella on October 7th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah. And the show is supposed to be cool and trendy and Sorkin thinks that *Gilbert and Sullivan* would make a blockbuster open? I love G&S, but cool they are not.