If you will indulge me: one of the worst parts of moving is that period after you're in but before the cable (let alone internet) has been hooked up. Nothing this time compares to my last move, six years ago this past summer, when the only two stations we could get in with the rabbit ears were the local NBC and CBS affiliates. Night after night they were showing nothing but season one of Big Brother and the Olympics, respectively. Yup, nothing to choose between but "Chicken" George losing his shit or gymnastics, every freaking evening. God, I hate reality tv and the Olympics.
Like I said, nothing that bad this time, though enough to make me feel grateful when one of the Law and Order franchises came on, even the skeevy Law and Ordern: Snuff Films Unit or whatever it is. Stuff like that at least was better than the non-stop crap CBS shows. I was sort of dimly aware of this, but a few days watching brought it home more clearly: CBS targets the stupid demographic. How else to explain something like Vegas? The mix of storylines, some lighter, even attempting humor, while the main arc deals with a straightforward action scenario, wasn't exactly unfamiliar--it's pretty much standard fare. Perhaps it's the stress of trying to combine both a boosterish view of Las Vegas as a family destination and Sin City that makes the show so bad. Vegas, the town where they'll do their darnedest to see you have a good time--unless you cross them, then they'll whack you The Vanishing-style. A problem of tone, if you will. My favorite sub-plot, however, involved a Buddhist monk visiting the casino to teach a member of the staff that only by losing everything could one hope to begin to find happiness. Someone I don't think that's a lesson the real Vegas usually teaches, but would probably like to. Thanks, I think I'll just stay home.