February 22, 2006
All Estrogen, All The Time
Rachel reveals her guilty pleasure in watching Lifetime Network movies. That's okay, Rach - we've all got our tee vee foibles. (Mine is COPS.)
I was thinking of Estrogen Channel programming recently. There used to be a radio commercial for - I think - some kinder n' gentler Old West series. (It might have been Dr. Quinn, but I'm not sure.) It featured a snippit of an incredibly whiney-sounding guy who said of whatever the settlement was, "It's the wonderful diversity that makes this place so special."
Every time I heard that, I was seized with a violent desire to brain the guy with a shovel.
Posted by Robert at February 22, 2006 02:07 PM
I do draw the line at Dr. Quinn. But Jane Seymour is a reliable Lifetime movie staple.
"...it's the wonderful diversity that makes this place so special."
For some reason, that sounds more like the quirky little town of Cicely, Alaska, on Northern Exposure than Dr. Quinn.
Not that I would know. Neither of those was ever among my personal tee vee foibles (which are much too shameful ever to divulge).
Argh, the dreaded "d" word. (Frankly, it sounds more like San Francisco.)
Yes, this was in nice contrast with the usual crop of all-female detective shows the channel advertised, each one more "powerful" and "explosive" than the last.
I'm willing to forgive Jane Seymour for Dr. Quinn solely because of her role on the real Battlestar Galactica.
it's the wonderful diversity that makes this place so special
Yes, ethnic and cultural purity is really what makes a place special.
I got no problem with the sentiment itself. If you notice, John Wayne almost invariably played characters who knew and admired Indian cultures.
What I've got a problem with is the proposition that some mealy-mouthed guy who makes Alan Alda sound positively Neanderthalish in comparison could possibly be standing around in some 19th Century frontier town mouthing lines like this. In reality, he'd have the holy shite kicked out of him faster than he could say, "Hey, I wanted this latte decaf!"
I just saw a pretty chain I wanted to yank. :)