I watch a lot of television. I try at least to watch any drama show that has been renewed for a second season - my reasoning is this - these shows must have something that keeps the audience coming back.
I don't know about you but when i do anything I am analysing it from the perspective of how it would work in a book or a screenplay, every. single. interaction. I am no more critical than when i read (or watch) other peoples work. Not to pull it apart to find the flaws, but to find the gems in it, the things that make me FEEL something.
It occurs to me in life that I am a voyeur, constantly evaluating and interpreting life in a way that I can translate what I have learned to other people, through my writing.
Sometimes if i am honest I just don't get it, some TV shows have me baffled, without naming any names, I just don't understand the appeal.
I like action movies, I like the simplicity of them (although I could never write one, i would be out of my depth) - and sometimes the things that look the simplest are actually the hardest things to pull off. Its a true talent that, making something look simple - and i don't mean making something look like you wrote it in one go and then made it in one go, I'm talking about something so well put together that you don't even really notice how its put together. (I know what i mean)
What i like the most is the subtlety of thought that is brought out in me - something that challenges what i believe about myself - something that i think i have always believed - to be forced to question myself.
Something else I like is revenge, revenge is sexy, no matter how long it takes, to see the balance restored is something that's very appealing to me. One of my favourite Tv shows of all time is OZ - I faced a lot of personal moral dilemmas when watching that one. To feel sorry for the bad guys, to see a hierarchy of bad guys and wondering who is the worst, and realising how easy it is to forgive and empathise with someone who you once hated.
My favourite character in this series was Ryan O Reilly, played by Dean Winters, who , aside from having the sexiest voice in the history of voices, is a truly excellent actor as the manipulative addict in this scene that I'm about to show you Ryan is talking to Patrick, a fellow Irishman in prison - he knows that Patrick has raped the prison doctor, a woman that Ryan is absolutely obsessed with, because its something to do, but he does it wholeheartedly and without condition, she is seriously creeped out by him. Ryan doesn't get his hands dirty he manipulates until he gets what he wants, thats why this scene was so striking. - and why its probably one of my favourite TV moments ever.
Ill talk more in other posts about other TV moments I like - but that one gets me every time.
Until next time