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Desperately Seeking a New Show

I am so over this show:

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I was addicted to it from the first minute of the first episode. Now it's simply...monotonous.

And the characters are STUPID.

Premise, for those of you who don't watch it: A diabolical serial killer uses the Internet to create a Following to carry out his wishes, which include kidnapping his son. Kevin Bacon, an FBI agent who once had an affair with the serial killer's wife, is trying to get the son back. You never know "who" belongs to this Following. For instance, last night it turned out to be one of the FBI agents.

KB's character is not brilliant.

In last week's episode he finds the farmhouse where the Followers are holding the boy. The FBI tells him to wait for back-up. Does he wait for back-up? (Let's hear it!) It ends badly for the local cop he's with. Then of course he goes into the house himself. Alone.

I realize characters need to do stupid things in order to make the story exciting. But some stupid things simply defy belief.

He finds the boy. While he is standing at the bottom of the stairs WITH HIS BACK TO THE REST OF THE HOUSE, talking the boy at the top of the stairs, one of the bad guys sticks a gun to his head. Obviously KB never watched Jodie Foster's training session in Silence of the Lambs.

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This week's episode: So KB is now stuck in the living room with two bad guys and one bad chick. They take his gun.

Bad Guy #1 to Bad guy #2: Tie him up.

Bad guy #2 hesitates.

Bad guy #1: Tie him up!

KB: Yeah, c'mon, tie me up. I'll snap your neck.

BG #2: He says he'll snap my neck.

BG #1: No he won't.

BG #2: Yes he will. He's FBI! He's trained to do that sort of thing!

KB (smugly): Yep.

BG #1: Then I'll blow his head off.

KB: Go right ahead. But your buddy's neck will still be snapped.

BG #2 does not want to take the chance. A moment later, however, Bad CHICK bumrushes KB, hits him with a taser, and utterly incapacitates him.

Wait. He just threatened to snap the neck of a man who's bigger than he is? But he couldn't haul off and kick this teeny-tiny girl in the face the second she made a move? This big, bad FBI agent?

Like I said: It defies belief.

At the end of the episode the bad guys roar off in a car. KB has a gun in hand. Why he makes no attempt to at least blow out a tire, I have no idea. He just lies there looking...stupid.

I miss Downton Abbey.

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x_think_twice
Feb. 27th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I am very forgiving and can rationalize pretty much anything, but even I was screaming, "WHY AREN'T YOU SHOOTING THE FREAKING TIRES?!?"
onegrapeshy
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!
swhisted
Feb. 27th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I initially thought I liked this show, too, but it feels like a lower budget, wannabe version of DEXTER(which I love and is brilliantly done). It seems like TV struggles so hard these days to come up with sustainable entertainment. Hollywood's currently suffering the same lack of creative writing, in my opinion. It seems like most movies these days are remakes of classics or adaptation of books. What happened to the days when shows like LOST completely captivated you and kept you wondering week and after week?
onegrapeshy
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Not only a lack of creative writing. It's SLOPPY writing! I just don't get it.
Patrick Dilloway
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
I think the CW has a show coming out called "The Cult" (or Cult?) that is largely the same. Though I suspect it will be awful.

I don't watch any new shows though. Just read more books.
onegrapeshy
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh brother!
barbarabaker
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
NCIS, BONES, ELEMENTARY. Those are my current favorites. Also like NCISLA and CASTLE. I don't have a TV, so I watch them on my computer for free. I resisted watching ELEMENTARY because of it being set in NY and Watson being a female, but I kept hearing it was good, so I gave it a try. It is good - very good.
onegrapeshy
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
I miss the vast majority of primetime TV because I work the 3-11:30 shift. :( I've seen a lot of NCIS and Bones via reruns (hubby LOVES these!) Haven't heard of Elementary...

PS Big Bang was on for YEARS before I finally saw an episode!
another_wip
Mar. 1st, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
I am disappointed... can't actually abide KB but I DO like James Purefoy. Makes me glad I don't watch tv.
onegrapeshy
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Is it not amazing that James Purefoy, the villain, is my absolute FAVE character in the show?
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