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I would not be the world's topmost self-second-guesser if I didn't start out with a disclaimer. So: I know, I know - Alias is utter drivel. Yes, yes, never have I seen such a puerile display of flimsy excuses to put a woman* in as many different skimpy outfits as possible. As far as I can tell, the writers must have been forced into the job after a merciless Clockwork Harlequin-romance treatment.

Then again, the above describes the majority of American shows. HBO productions excluded.

I watch Alias anyway, and here's why. )

*who is perfectly lovely, mind you; I'm not blaming her.
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What do the two shows Jericho and Lost have in common? The "what happens with a society after a catastrophe" issue, you say? Well, yes and no.

What they really have in common is the formulaic way in which they were written, cast, and promoted )

Lost was the bigger hit, for the simple reason that Jericho was the better show. Not that the latter avoided nearly as many pitfalls as it should have. Both shows were, at least potentially, about -- yes, what the hell was it you wanted to say, anyway? Something about where society goes when... yadda, yadda... No, you're going to have to speak up, because I can't hear you through all the goddamn embellishment! I want to drown out all the bullshit in gallons of vomit. You lying motherfuckers.

Sorry if I insulted fans of these shows. Hey - I do actually watch them myself. It just sometimes drives me up the wall, the cynicism with which producers assume that they have us all pegged. And all of this prettying things up to such a ridiculous degree, when the shows would be so much more powerful without it.


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