The Mid-Season Famine

Right now most of the popular television shows in syndication are on their mid-season break. This is a perilous time for those of us that are dependant on our saved and streaming shows to get us through the boring parts of the day. One of the great things about not having to pay for cable but having access to all current TV shows is that you can usually watch at your leisure.

The downside to having such a dependence on the streaming options for current TV shows is that one becomes a creature of habit, and becomes conditioned into eagerly awaiting these shows. This conditioning has the unfortunate effect of turning people into grouchy and growling wraiths that blankly stare at their empty Hulu feed and wonder where they can get their next hit from.

Where's Mah "Modern Family"?!!

The mid-season break is where one can become truly irate over nothing and feel persecuted for their first world problems. Stupid as it is, there actually is a reaction that happens when your favorite shows are not available like you think they should be.

I certainly am not immune to this. I have a certain habitual ritual I’ve built up for myself in early evening, and if it is not satisfied then I get truly whiny and irritated.

Thank goodness for Netflix. Without an endless supply of TV to effortlessly watch, I’d be really feeling the effects of TV withdrawal. Byaaah!

The Green Hornet: I likey.

The Green Hornet ended up surprising me. I went into the theater fully expecting it to be something boring or cliche, especially since it didn’t look like it had the biggest budget in the world. I was wrong, because I ended up being utterly delighted and charmed by the movie. This is a seriously funny show.

The entire move had me laughing. Everything from the language to the homages to other movies to the sheer ridiculousness of the death of the villain were hilarious. Let me be clear. This is definitely a show meant for adults. The jokes are often insulting and obscene in nature, and the violence is deliberately obnoxious.

But that’s the point. Juvenile humor and a fascination with over the top violence is something that many guys have. The dialogue was funny because that’s how some of us interact with out friends. And the violence was such an homage to The Matrix and Spiderman and Batman that it ended up being hilarious. And the action scenes were very well done. The chase scenes and fight sequences were iconic in their own right, and were impressive to watch and be amazed at.

To sum this whole thing up, The Green Hornet is a show that knows what it is trying o do and succeeds at it. It is a masterpiece of ridiculousness and over the top action. And that’s why it’s good, really. Seth Rogan and the other people who produced this show knew that they wanted to make a silly and violent comic adventure, and they succeeded at it. It’s a shame that the rest of the reviews are negative about it all, since it accomplished the objective very well. If you’re in the right mindset, it ends up being a fun adventure that keeps a consistently  goofy tone throughout.

It’s not The Dark Knight, because The Dark Knight wasn’t funny. The Green Hornet is, and it gleefully knows it. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you like silly action.

Should The Office End Now?

Now that Steve Carell is leaving The Office in the next couple of weeks, questions about the shows future have (understandably) been present in many a debate. There is a schism between those that think that the show should end strong, and those that want it to keep going. Both sides have valid points worth exploring.

Keep it Going

-Shows have lost actors before and kept going strong afterward. In fact, some constantly rotate out characters based on need and availability (such as with ER).

The Office is different because permanent departures  reflect the real workplace and the coming and going of people there.

-The characters are loved by many people, and the shows writers are all still on board.

End it Now

-Shows that have a large and dedicated fan base should do them a service and wrap things up while things are still going strong. (Battlestar Galactica and LOST voluntarily ended their respective shows once they felt they’d gone as far as they could with the stories.)

-Steve Carell helped define The Office in a way that is not recoverable by other talent.

-Ratings have dropped in the last couple of years for the show, and it will likely dip further with Carell’s departure.

Me? I think they should end it. I’d just like to point out That 70’s Show and Scrubs as two examples of shows that lost their main character and tried to keep going on afterward. And to tell the truth, both of them were awful after the departure of their main character, each barely lasting half a season afterward. Scrubs was really awful, in fact. The determination of the executives to keep things going after everything had been resolved undid many of the satisfying wrap ups and made it garbage that tarnished the memory of the show.

In my opinion, The Office is heading toward the same half of a season of the same utter mediocrity before being cancelled if they don’t end strong. My opinion, of course.

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