The revolution will be televised
Arthur been watching Desperate Housewives,
So as you kick back and watch “Desperate Housewives”, remember it’s not just an escapist entertainment but also the latest manifestation of a prominent intellectual tradition. You’re not wasting your time, you’re actually participating in subversion of the dominant paradigm. At least that’s a pretty good excuse.
I’m a 24 woman instead. This is the first season I’ve been watching 24 and of course I’m hooked — great thriller format, plus handsome Keiffer Sutherland, and Shohreh Aghdashloo, the lady from House of Sand And Fog, playing the evil-est, most Desperate Housewife of them all. (video interview of Ms Aghdashloo here). The actor that plays her son also played her son in House, but Ben Kingsley’s not in the cast.
Fox’s been playing ads (if I may call them that) reminding viewers that the program’s fiction, since apparently some people were not happy about the story line. Lileks wrote about this on Tuesday:
“The enemy.” Got that? They’re not the enemy. Even when they’re fictional. I’m not saying that the TV screen should bubble and boil with grinning swarthy throat-slitters (Tonight on “American Idol” – everyone dies!) Hoorah for positive Muslim characters. But it seems a bit much to complain that a show about terrorism gets around to Islamofascists in its third season.
You get the feeling some people watch Star Trek and get irritated because they can’t figure out who the Borg are really supposed to be?
Maybe it was high time TV got around subverting the dominant paradigm, as Arthur would say.