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why even write the article when u have nothing to say? dear spinoff

The Spinoff – it’s free, it’s there, and it beats NZHerald (mostly).

Their funding seems to stream in from sponsors like Lightbox, so it wasn’t surprising that one of the top stories in their TV section was about The Mindy Project, seeing as Lightbox had just posted up the season finale not too long ago.

The headline was ‘A series of thoughts and feelings from The Mindy Project finale’. Well, at least it was fucking accurate. It was indeed a vapid series of thoughts and feelings in the form of the ever-readable listicle, accompanied by photos (didn’t even spring for GIFS), and a helpful reminder at the end to watch the show on Lightbox.

Now, I don’t blame the writer of this article, who in fact was probably told to write a content-light, devoid-of-any-real-opinion piece in order to slap it up so they could continue to appease the sponsor. But, like, could they not?

I, too, ‘devoured’ the season finale of a show that I continued watching in the hope of it getting better (and to support Mindy Kaling, who I’ve always loved and looked up to) but to be honest, it fucking sucked.

There was so many (more critical) angles to take – like how Mindy got engaged to another – but perhaps slightly more attractive than the rest – white dude, only to stare out the train window with a look that probably foreshadows the fact that the first episode of Season 6 will open with Mindy getting the hell out of dodge. Or how it continues to repeat the same themes and tropes over and over again (like Collette proposing to her girlfriend, realising that wait, she can’t actually be trapped in a marriage, and forcing Morgan to break up with her for her).

Or, like, how it isn’t even funny anymore?

I just have a lot of feelings about this show – pretty much the only prime time television show (before it got axed and put on Hulu) to have an Asian woman at helm. When it started I was stoked, but was soon disappointed at the countless white boyfriends and even the prioritisation of white males as the other leads on the show. Morgan, Jeremy, Peter, Jody. Can we talk about why Jody had to exist? And don’t come at me with the ‘Mindy Lahiri is a White Man’ episode, which attempted to fix this with Mindy saying she wanted to ‘be friends’ with another Asian woman doctor, only for this doctor to never appear again and probably never appear again even if there is a Season 6.

I couldn’t even list all the forgettable white dudes that have appeared on the show, and lame in-show acknowledgments about this does not fix the problems, writers. Seriously.

And to The Spinoff – I don’t even know why you bothered. Sponsored content indeed.

why the fuck should i be embarrassed about watching a tv show

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Should my admission that I watch Riverdale always follow by, “It’s trash, but entertaining trash?”

I watch a shit load of television. I watch television at home, and I watch television for my job. I don’t think I’ve said this yet, but I work as a Caption Producer part-time. This has resulted me in being exposed to a multitude of shows I wouldn’t normally watch, but, you know, I still enjoy. (And some I don’t. Fuck fishing shows.)

Recently I started embarking on the wild journey that is Riverdale, a CW show based loosely (very loosely) on the Archie Comics. I started talking about it with my colleague and after we both established that we were watching it, melted into nervous laughter, because well. It’s not Great, by most objective standards. It’s campy, but self-aware about it, and tries too hard to be contemporary while still being set in a dreamy, Twin Peaks-like small town. But it made me think – am I rotting my brain by watching this shit, and how is it any worse than saying you’re watching Breaking Bad?

No one would delve into nervous laughter after talking about Breaking Bad, Mad Men or The Sopranos, all considered God-tier television about white people (and predominantly white men) with “amazing writing” and “complex characters”. But let me tell you – I was way more entertained by Cheryl fucking Blossom’s slow-mo into her dead twin brother’s funeral in a white dress than Don Draper fucking another woman who is Not His Wife.

Why do I try to frame my consumption of shows which may not hold technical critical acclaim in a way that dismisses the value of the show? Why do I always pre-empt conversations about these shows as “yeah, I know it’s trash but it’s entertaining,” or “yeah, it’s not good, but there’s just something about it.” Um, Jean, is that something the fact that it is good? And why do so many of these shows end up being on The CW channel, with the target audience young women?

Admittedly some of these shows have gotten general acclaim – Jane The Virgin, for one, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend the other. However, those fanboys that salivate over Walter White and The Wire are not watching these shows. They’re not going on about how ‘complex’ Jane Villanueva is. Is the criteria of a show that is considered ‘good’ in most circles that boys jerk off to how good the writing is? Why aren’t any of these ‘complex characters’ women? (And why did you hate Skyler White so much? Oh wait, I know. Misogyny.)

Like, fuck The WireTrue Detective and especially fuck Breaking Bad. I’d watch something like Fleabag (which you should and must watch) over those any day. And now that I’m finally admitting to myself that I don’t have to prove that I only watch Quality Television to some douchebags in film school, I can finally stop calling the shows I watch bad.

Now excuse me while I go watch The Mindy Project. Did you guys know Mindy Kaling was the only woman on The Office US initial writing crew?