Edited by Baal_T'shuvah, 18 August 2008 - 03:18 PM.
CSI, Law and Order, Without a Trace, etc, etc, etc, etc...
Posted 18 August 2008 - 04:32 PM
Here's a TownHall column about it. Sean Astin played the lunatic pastor. It was a travesty of a show.
Yeah, I saw that. Remember, like Patrick Buchanan said, "Christian-bashing is a popular indoor sport."
Deep in their hearts, these powers-that-be know that Christians won't threaten to decapitate/immolate them if their faith is threatened. If these producers truly had any intestinal fortitude, they should portray Islam in a completely negative light...the death threats from groups sympathetic to Al Qaeda and Hamas (etc.) would roll in.
Yes, because there are no Christian terrorist organizations. Unless the show was arguing that the crazy pastor was interpreting the Bible correctly? It not really that big of a deal. Christian extremists can easily be just as dangerous as any other kind of extremist.
This is a stretch, and a cheap shot by the Law & Order peeps IMO. It's PC to bash Christians, and not acceptable to bash (especially post 9/11) the more fundy wing of Islamic violence, whose deeds have been off the chart since then. :rolleyes:
Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:26 PM
If they had intestinal fortitude, they should strive for realistic, balanced portrayals of both Islam and Christianity. By and large, that doesn't seem to be happening yet.
NCIS has its share of head-scratching portrayals of Muslims. In one episode, a U.S.-based Pakistani nonprofit comes under suspicion for being a front for terrorists ... but it turns out the guy responsible is an old IRA terrorist disguised as a Pakistani. So we have to accept not only the idea that the "bad Muslim" is really an Irish Catholic, but also the idea that the Pakistani "good Muslims" working alongside him are too dumb to notice. How many Irishmen do you know whose Urdu is good enough to fool a native speaker?
Yet NCIS does have a couple of other episodes where the bad guys are indeed Muslim terrorists ... so there is at least something of a quest for balance.
Posted 07 October 2009 - 10:58 PM
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 12:56 AM
Actually, both characters appear to owe something to Edith Head.
Posted 12 October 2009 - 09:44 PM
Edited by Baal_T'shuvah, 12 October 2009 - 09:45 PM.
Posted 28 October 2009 - 10:58 PM
CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, Law and Order, NCIS, The Closer ... forget all this crap and just watch The Wire
Seriously, turn your network cop TV show (that's just the same as the other thousands of cookie-cutter cop TV shows) OFF. Go to your local blockbuster (or misc. video store). Pay $1 for the DVD of Disc 1 of Season One of The Wire. And go back home and watch it.
Posted 14 May 2010 - 03:04 PM
Interesting to note the part of the story that Law & Order was challenging Gunsmoke as TV's longest running drama. Even had Law & Order been picked up, it would only have exceeded Gunsmoke in the number of years on air, but would have been nearly 200 episodes short of Gunsmoke's output in its 20 year run.
Posted 20 May 2010 - 11:45 AM
Seriously, I cannot overstate the freakazoid batshit texture of what happened. Mostly I just need to know: Did you see what I saw? Especially at the end:
· Did Sophie really shoot Melinda Warner when her husband ducked?
· Did Stabler really crawl through an airduct to break up the Marlowe/Sophie stand-off?
· Did Marlowe really attempt to talk Sophie off the ledge by recounting her own double mastectomy that cost her her lover?
· Did the pistol-wielding Huppert really keep a straight face while delivering lines like “You can tell God — in person!” to the husband who tearfully confessed to the fatally botched kidnapping?
· Did Marlowe really offer the boy’s corpse to Sophie, like a peace offering, entreating, “Your son needs you!”
· Did I really see Michael Haneke’s favorite devastated heroine cradling and singing a French lullaby to her dead kid on a morgue floor?
Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:39 AM
Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress has this to say:
Posted 22 July 2011 - 09:02 AM
This thing exists. Criminal Element has proof. I've no idea if it's any good, but the trailer had me cracking up--particularly the line about having a bad day.
Edited by NBooth, 22 July 2011 - 09:04 AM.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:03 PM
And yet, by and large, this is where most broadcast TV cops do most of their investigating. There are two ways of looking at this trend: 1) All broadcast TV shows are actually set in the future, which means that if you’re a fan of NCIS: LA or CSI: NY, then you’re actually a total nerd, you nerds. 2) The cop drama — a genre that used to value traditional All-American ideals of intelligence, perseverance, and teamwork — has now become a genre which mostly values the modern All-American ideals of “looking attractive” and “making PowerPoint presentations.” We deserve better TV cops. Or maybe we don’t.