Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Random Thoughts on Television Stuff

Recently it was announced that Beavis and Butthead would be returning to MTV.  Mike Judge has mentioned that one of the main reasons for this return was watching Jersey Shore. He stated that after becoming aware of the show it was like a “godsend”. He knew he had to bring back Beavis and Butthead for this. He would have them watch reality television instead of music videos (since music videos are essentially dead. At least on MTV they are.) On the surface this sounds like a great idea, but after having it roll around in my noggin for a while, I think he’s completely wrong. Beavis and Butthead was a big deal to me in my younger years. I enjoyed the hell out of that show. To me, it seemed that having Beavis and Butthead make fun of music videos was more because the videos had to be there. MTV didn’t show anything without having music videos in it. That’s why they were called Music Television. This started to change around the time that Beavis and Butthead was at its peak. The show didn’t simply watch bad videos. They watched any and all videos. Some they loved. Some they hated. Some they didn’t even talk about, instead going off on some non-sequitur or hitting each-other. The videos served a purpose of making fun of youths in general. Beavis and Butthead are supposed to be exaggerations on 1990s youths. I’m not so sure that relates to 2011.
Also, reality television is probably old-hat by now to make fun of, isn’t it? Especially making fun of Jersey Shore. Isn’t that the whole point of the show in the first place? I thought the show existed as a joke. No one watches it because they are seriously invested in it. They watch it to laugh at it. Do we really need Beavis and Butthead to show us how to laugh at it? Besides, isn’t that why Talk Soup, now called simply The Soup exists?  Beavis and Butthead are probably best left in the past.

On a separate note, I’ve been watching Fox’s Terra Nova. It’s a show about our possible future where we’ve destroyed our ecosystem, but luckily have found a way to go back in time. So, we follow a family back in time to the time when dinosaurs walked the earth. Humanity gets a new start. Luckily, to avoid any Butterfly Effect, we are told that this is an alternate timeline. This also opens the door for the show to make up their own dinosaurs. It’s apparent from the first episode that they are going to ignore most of science just to fit in made up monsters. They introduce us to a Brachiosaurus, a Carnotaurus, and a “slasher”. Wait, a what? Oh, you made it up… so stupid.  They live in a refugee camp of sorts, but it’s incredibly clean. It doesn’t look lived-in at all. Where’s the mud? Where is the dirt? Another complaint I have is the time-period. Is it 85 million years ago or is it 85 million b.c.? The show uses both interchangeably and I can’t help thinking that that can’t be right. The show had some promise, but quickly(second episode) became bad SyFy channel crap.  We have each episode being reminiscent of the 1990s Outer Limits mixed with ABC’s LOST. I will continue to watch it simply because it has dinosaurs, but I highly don’t recommend it. 

No comments:

Post a Comment