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October 14 2007

A Person Could Develop Occult. New York Times article ponders why there are so many supernatural shows on television. Amusing article with Buffy mention.

Tru Calling also gets a mention.
Excellent read. I only cringed a bit at the mention of "The Ghost Whisperer". Whatever, good insight.
The possible explanation regarding the true identity of tv execs is my favorite.
"Nobody really knows where network executives come from or where they go after being fired."

Ha! I think the chains that some of them have forged in this life are heavy and ponderous.

" 'It is required of every man,' the Ghost returned, 'that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world—oh, woe is me!—and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!' "

ET: close tag & say, "I am on vacation, actually..."

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2007-10-14 19:59 ]
Heh, I think we all need a break. Whoo hoo, vacations please!

Ah, Q-gal, that "i' thing again.
Journeyman is a good show. I don't care what the critics say. I like it and will continue to watch it. Until it's cancelled, that is.
I'd argue with the article when it says that the heroine of Wonderfalls talks with God. I'm not saying that it wasn't God, but much like Ned in Pushing Daisies we don't know where her ability comes from or why. Neither does she. I do get the point, however, that there weren't demons or vampires or Evil in the show, and only a Higher Good Power.
Network executives come from Wolfram and Hart of course.
Excellent article.

I'm not sure which I got more enjoyment out of, though, the actual contents of the article, or the Guys & Dolls pun in the title.
angel fan, you're on to something; they're the off-spring of the Senior Partners, perhaps?
rayhill I'm with you. I've been smiling about the title ever since it was posted.
Hah, funny article (even if the author is utterly wrong about "Journeyman" ;), "howl at the Moonves" made me chuckle.

Not seen "Ghost Whisperer" but from what I hear, I don't miss it.

I think there's a serious point here though, in that, there seems to me to be a backlash against science and rationalism in Western culture at the moment. People maybe feel they're only getting bad news from science or that it removes the mystery from the world so try to hide in superstition and myth.

As a species we're often accused of being short-sighted but a lot of the time, i'm not sure we're even any good at dealing with what's right in front of us - De Nile ain't just a river in Egypt ;).

(attendance of forensic science courses has apparently shot up since CSI, I wonder if there'll be a corresponding rise in theology and mythology applicants in a few years ? Or maybe, best case, genetics courses ?)
I certainly think (and hope) there will be continued demand for the Sci/Fantasy genre in the years to come. After all, we're starting to see the rise of the hand-reared Harry Potter fans as they grow up and become independent pop culture consumers. I think that has made a huge impact on the shows on TV and in the cinemas at the moment.

And bonus points to the author of that article for slipping in the word 'moribund'.
Every time I read something with even the most casual mention of Alan Ball's upcoming vampire series on HBO, I do a happy dance of anticipation.
I found this interesting: "But the paranormal does have a pattern of springing up at times of deep pain or confusion". Maybe. But a better explanation to me is that it's simply an excellent vehicle for storytelling, and I would of course include SciFi & all manner of fantasy. In the right hands, the genre opens up possibilities that never present themselves in mundane settings.

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