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Tuesday, 04 August 2009

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Ahistoricality

Shoot: I commented over there without noticing that it was you. I'll repeat the comment here so that someone might notice it and respond:

Actually, I think it’s more of an American version of Hustle — with all the fun moral ambiguity and helpful post-con recap stripped out — than a millenial A-Team, but OK.

To go further, I think you've got a data point problem: as my father says, with one data point, you can draw any line you like. What percentage of the audience understands any plot-based show? How many get the legal arguments in L&O? How many understood the social and institutional critiques of The Wire or the genre-games of The Sopranos?

I don't think even the producers understood what was going on in The X-Files or understand what's going on in Lost. And nobody could possibly understand what's going on in a Star Trek because half the time it's handwaving and techno-babble.

Do we know? Is there any data to compare?

Mediocrat

Agreed, and TV shows rarely make that much sense anyway. They can still be fun to watch.

Leverage sounds kind of fun -- is there an equivalent of being constantly locked up in a storage shed where you ingeniously concoct some kind of weapon out of rusty tools and spare auto parts in order to foil the criminals?

HC

@Mediocrat
There was a show that ran seven seasons based on exactly that premise: MacGyver. Worth a remake, as well.

RepubAnon

There's always Leslie Charteris' "The Saint" - fighting evil folks that the law can't touch. Some criminals, others purveyors of faked stock schemes. I particularly recall the owner of a trucking company who forced his employees to work 20+ hours a day with no breaks. (He was forced to sit in a driving simulator and whipped every time he made a mistake.)

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