March 15th, 2005


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And now, a random television rundown, because a bunch of television things have amused or annoyed me today.

Advertisement for sunscreen: "The sun can get you when you least expect it." What, when I'm indoors and it's nighttime? What's it going to do, polish the moon, make it slightly concave, and then reflect from it its own rays focussed to a point through our windows? Too bad, sun, the curtains are closed! Take that!

The new phrase that is used far too much in advertising TV shows - "at the special time", eg. "Battlestar Galactica, at the special time of 8:30, Wednesday." What's special about 8:30 Wednesday? It can't be all that special, given how many different times are special according to the TV presenters. Unless they're each special in their own individual way, I suppose. Which they are, in that the world is in a different positional state at each one - wow.

On the subject of new Battlestar Galactica, why is it that an ad for the new Battlestar Galactica is indistinguishable from an ad for 'the OC'? I'll tell you why with an inadequate answer - because the shows are largely indistinguishable too. The real question, of course, is why the shows are so similar, and the answer to that one is that whoever's responsible for the new Battlestar Galactica is utterly lacking in redeeming qualities. What a crapfest that show is. Unless you like The OC, I suppose.

On a more positive note, our TV guide's description of the movie Robin Cook's Mortal Fear - "Joanna Kerns stars in this chilling medical thriller about a big-city hospital where patients mysteriously die. A determined doctor must race against time to find the cause." I didn't watch the movie, because it would certainly be dreadful and tedious, but in my imagination it ends with the doctor slapping his forehead and saying "ohhh! Diseases and blood loss!" The idea of it being mysterious that patients die in hospitals is great. Do the hospitals usually throw people out the window if they show signs of dying? Probably if they don't have health insurance.