Reflections On 2012 Television Viewing (That I Stumbled Through While Doing Other Things Like Ironing)

Dear Network,

I wanted to like you. I did. I enjoyed the scathing (and rather terrifying) takedown of Tea Party politics:

I appreciated the “Drop The Dead Donkey-ish” effort to incorporating news items into the episodes, and I could have even grown to like the random absurd initiatives like holding a panel discussion with your staff doing political mad-libs:

I can’t see Mike Moore getting away with that kind of stunt – I wonder if they got to keep the shirts afterwards? Might have helped deal with the two months of planning  just to prove a point.

But if I have to put up with one more woman in your show demonstrating that the bulk of her character revolves around being inappropriately gamine and hysterical in the workplace (only occasionally alleviated with impressive fact-finding skills in the face of random disasters) with face stretched and teeth-clenched with unspoken (but uncomfortably obvious to EVERYONE) angst over relationship wranglings that could be simply worked out by just appealing to their increasingly weary-with-all-this-emotional-betrayal-significant-other to openly admit that it’s “just not working out” and give them a well-deserved push in the direction of the Soho-loft door? I’ll run you over with the Sex and the City tour bus that made an appearance in the final episode.

It’s what Samantha would have wanted.

I miss Gus and Sally.


Dear Revenge,

Wasn’t there, like, an economic crisis over the past few years or something? I guess none of you noticed that kind of thing while you were distracted by Emily VanCamp’s Emily Thorne perform like a block of wood carved in the shape of the Count of Monte Cristo (wearing Prada, natch) while the only sympathetic character (Nolan Ross) increasingly baffled everyone by not rapidly packing a bag and heading south away from the whole stinking rotten lot.

Nice interior decorating though, Mr and Mrs 1%.


Dear Call The Midwife,

Best argument for abstinence this side of Puberty Blues. I had nightmares. Nightmares that cheerily rode bicycles while waving hot water and towels.


Dear Smash,

Started well; fell during the middle of several contrived hurdles (I say it hurtled into the water obstacle around episode eight but I’d be willing to concede splash-down around episode four); should have been put out of its misery rather than limp along for so long wearing only one tap-shoe.

“Let me be your… snore…”


Dear Game Of Thrones, Homeland, Redfern Now, The Bridge and Rake,

Dear God. I want to have your sequels.

That’s all. More in 2013.

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    REVVVVVENNNNGGGGGGGE!!! is an awesome show. It’s not at all realistic, but it’s good soapy fun.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I like all the efforts to tie in nearly every employee in on the conspiracy and how they’ll eventually be caught out by Emily. I don’t think the plane crash killed Victoria Grayson, for example! Too much still to be resolved!

      •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

        That present tense “don’t” has me worried about posting spoilers. Are you catching up on the season?

        • Kylie Sturgess

          I haven’t seen second season (not released in Australia yet!) but I personally don’t mind spoilers. But probably best not to have them in case of other readers!

          •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

            Dang! I forgot you’re in Australia!

            Well, I won’t post spoilers, but I will say this. Rich people behaving very, very badly? Exactly what we need during an economic crisis! The big problem I have is that they need to make the non-rich characters in the show interesting. Jack and Declan could disappear from the show and I’d probably never notice.

          • Kylie Sturgess

            Jack and Declan seem very… unmotivated to do much. Lots of things done TO them, little initiative. I would have sailed off to Haiti (actually, isn’t Haiti in long-term economic and environmental crisis too?) around the second episode and waved bye to the whole snotty town.
            I was sad when the dog died though. :/ I’m terribly sentimental that way.

          •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

            I have to reply to this comment though it’s a reply to your last one. The nesting has made it so that I can’t see the Post Comment button even if I reply to my own last comment.

            Well, the dog was quite old, though that didn’t seem to affect his memory. Hell, I don’t remember people I knew way back in 1993, but he instantly recognized Emily/Amanda.

            One thing the writers can do to improve Jack and Declan is to take a look at what they’ve done with David who is really growing as a character.