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2021-10-28 8:53:44 AM  
You can't shoot a TV show with everyone wearing masks. Even if everyone in the show is ugly AF.

/Jeff being mistaken for Harvey Weinstein is hilarious
 
2021-10-28 9:03:53 AM  
Author probably thinks Trailer Park Boys was a documentary series.
 
2021-10-28 9:28:05 AM  
Audio balancing is so piss-poor in TV & movies these days, it's hard enough to hear actors when they aren't wearing masks.

Seriously, stop setting the voice channel so low compared to the effects and background music.
 
2021-10-28 9:29:23 AM  

Flappyhead: Author probably thinks Trailer Park Boys was a documentary series.


Favourite scene is when Julian gets out of a rolled vehicle with his drink in his hand, I still laugh thinking about it.
 
2021-10-28 9:51:43 AM  
"Uhhh... yes? It's a fictional TV show, that's pretty much the case by default"

No, I'm pretty sure the TV show exists. I suppose it is accurate to say that most TV shows don't exist though.
 
2021-10-28 9:53:00 AM  
For farks sake. TFA writer probably freaked that "Veep" didn't reference Trump.
 
2021-10-28 10:13:45 AM  

grokca: Flappyhead: Author probably thinks Trailer Park Boys was a documentary series.

Favourite scene is when Julian gets out of a rolled vehicle with his drink in his hand, I still laugh thinking about it.


It was traditional in my Army unit to end every story with "...and I didn't even spill my beer!"
 
2021-10-28 10:40:10 AM  
Brooklyn 99's last season did the same thing, the scripts were written way back when people thought the pandemic would end soon because a vaccine had been discovered, and they assumed everyone would get vaccinated, instead of refusing it as a display of fascist virtue signaling.
 
2021-10-28 10:56:11 AM  
Fun at Parties comment: in the high-stakes world of defining canon, "alternate reality" has a more specific meaning that simply that it's fiction.  And it's sometimes surprising what things are alternate reality and what are our own.

Pulp Fiction: Alternate reality
Dune, Lord of the Rings: Our own reality

Only the most pedantic would say not wearing masks moves something into an alternate reality.
 
2021-10-28 11:04:29 AM  
Also, you should try watching almost any show set in the late 60s, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of the Vietnam war.
 
2021-10-28 11:14:07 AM  

aerojockey: Also, you should try watching almost any show set in the late 60s, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of the Vietnam war.


To be fair, try watching any TV from the last 20 years, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of two wars.
 
2021-10-28 11:58:51 AM  

Psychopompous: aerojockey: Also, you should try watching almost any show set in the late 60s, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of the Vietnam war.

To be fair, try watching any TV from the last 20 years, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of two wars.


Those wars did not even close to the homeland cultural impact of Vietnam.  Order of magnitude difference.

Nevertheless I would still expect more contemporary references to Iraq and Afghanistan than we got contemporary references to the Vietnam war.  For instance, I'm sure there have been occasional episodes of, say, Law and Order that referenced an Iraq war veteran.  But mentioning Vietnam was so verboten that five years after it ended many in Hollywood were still opposed to releasing Apocalypse Now.
 
2021-10-28 12:14:46 PM  

Psychopompous: aerojockey: Also, you should try watching almost any show set in the late 60s, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of the Vietnam war.

To be fair, try watching any TV from the last 20 years, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of two wars.


Everyone in those cop procedurals are ex-special forces who served 12 tours in Afghanistan. But yeah, not a lot of them mention Iraq.

/and every IT person was #1 in their class at MIT
//enhance
 
2021-10-28 12:25:42 PM  
And Brooklyn Nine Nine exists in a parallel universe where cops do actual police work and are generally competent and don't murder innocent people for sport. It's escapism.
 
2021-10-28 12:42:25 PM  
I looked at the article and had to ask myself.  "WTF is that idiot smoking?"  It's a TV show, it's alternate reality by definition.  Any similarity it holds to what passes for the reality we live in is either artistic license or pure coincidence.
 
2021-10-28 1:00:26 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Audio balancing is so piss-poor in TV & movies these days, it's hard enough to hear actors when they aren't wearing masks.

Seriously, stop setting the voice channel so low compared to the effects and background music.


AND STOP WHISPERING!

I get it, people need to talk in hushed tones somewhere.  But it's media, not real life.  A stage whisper is perfectly acceptable.
 
2021-10-28 1:15:06 PM  
Actually, Curb Your Enthusiasm exists within The Sopranos hence we too as viewers are part of the Sopranos universe.

The Sopranos - Curb your Enthusiasm scene
Youtube OUdZhMsSZcA
 
2021-10-28 1:18:49 PM  
A lot of companies really, really put all their chips on that whole "covid will be gone by September" prediction the US government was going with in spring in defiance of basic observable reality.

Basically half of the stuff made during the summer makes exactly this mistake, hilariously three of the four car brands that advertise in my area have radio spots that are like "gee, isn't it great that the pandemic is over and you can go do all these highly dangerous social activities again? Buy our cars to drive to all those crowded concert venues, it'll sure be swell in these disease free days in which we currently live" because the ads bought to start running in October were all recorded in like June.

Admittedly there's an extra layer of pointing and laughing because Curb has content addressing the plague directly, but the mistake isn't, like, a mystery or something clever they're doing intentionally.
 
2021-10-28 2:04:56 PM  
You can tell someone was pretty desperate for some column inches this morning.
 
2021-10-28 2:40:18 PM  

Flappyhead: Author probably thinks Trailer Park Boys was a documentary series.


I grew up in WV (I know it takes places in Nova Scotia). It pretty much was.
 
2021-10-28 3:37:26 PM  

Psychopompous: Brooklyn 99's last season did the same thing, the scripts were written way back when people thought the pandemic would end soon because a vaccine had been discovered, and they assumed everyone would get vaccinated, instead of refusing it as a display of fascist virtue signaling.


We started rewatching it about 2 months ago and are now in the next to last season.  It really is a top 3 or 5 comedy sitcom for me.  The characters are just so, so good.
 
2021-10-28 4:04:31 PM  
bad subby.  it's a real tv show.
 
2021-10-28 4:08:56 PM  

aerojockey: Psychopompous: aerojockey: Also, you should try watching almost any show set in the late 60s, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of the Vietnam war.

To be fair, try watching any TV from the last 20 years, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of two wars.

Those wars did not even close to the homeland cultural impact of Vietnam.  Order of magnitude difference.

Nevertheless I would still expect more contemporary references to Iraq and Afghanistan than we got contemporary references to the Vietnam war.  For instance, I'm sure there have been occasional episodes of, say, Law and Order that referenced an Iraq war veteran.  But mentioning Vietnam was so verboten that five years after it ended many in Hollywood were still opposed to releasing Apocalypse Now.


On television, there were more contemporary references to the Vietnam War on envelope-pushing shows like The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and All in the Family. Also, during the late stages of the war and for about a decade afterward, you'd see a lot of cop shows where the perp would turn out to be a Vietnam vet who came back with a bad case of PTSD. The use of the Vietnam War as an explanation for a character's drift into criminal and anti-social conduct became such a common cliche that veteran's groups objected to the networks about being unfairly stereotyped as violent and mentally unstable.
 
2021-10-28 4:54:40 PM  

Mugato: Psychopompous: aerojockey: Also, you should try watching almost any show set in the late 60s, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of the Vietnam war.

To be fair, try watching any TV from the last 20 years, and see if you can tell that America was in the midst of two wars.

Everyone in those cop procedurals are ex-special forces who served 12 tours in Afghanistan. But yeah, not a lot of them mention Iraq.

/and every IT person was #1 in their class at MIT
//enhance


If I'm not mistaken, maybe the first time the Vietnam War was mentioned in Prime Time television was 'A Private Little War" on Star Trek.
 
2021-10-28 4:56:20 PM  
Most shows are not an alternative reality as an actual alternative reality will not have plot holes and contradictions.
 
2021-10-28 5:00:15 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Audio balancing is so piss-poor in TV & movies these days, it's hard enough to hear actors when they aren't wearing masks.

Seriously, stop setting the voice channel so low compared to the effects and background music.


omg this
 
2021-10-28 7:48:45 PM  
Too bad the Einstein brothers couldn't have been on the show at the same time.  I wonder how they got along?

Bob and Al, Al had to change his last name for obvious reasons.
 
2021-10-28 9:04:22 PM  

Eravior: "Uhhh... yes? It's a fictional TV show, that's pretty much the case by default"

No, I'm pretty sure the TV show exists. I suppose it is accurate to say that most TV shows don't exist though.


They only exist if and when you perceive them.

/ dude
// whoa
/// trippendicular
 
2021-10-29 12:20:32 AM  

xalres: And Brooklyn Nine Nine exists in a parallel universe where cops do actual police work and are generally competent and don't murder innocent people for sport. It's escapism.


My theory is the (fictional) B99 precinct is the ONLY New-York precinct not full of corrupt cops.
 
2021-10-29 9:56:06 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Audio balancing is so piss-poor in TV & movies these days, it's hard enough to hear actors when they aren't wearing masks.

Seriously, stop setting the voice channel so low compared to the effects and background music.


My wife has an itchy trigger finger if there is any loud noise in a movie so we have to turn down the volume to 9 and barely hear the dialogue until I can force the volume up again and damned if there isn't some other loud noise
 
2021-10-29 2:53:39 PM  
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