ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
The aim to make your tv series appear "dark" or "edgy" or "gritty" or whatever does not mean that the screen has to be literally too dark to make out anything. I get that there are mood lighting choices, and atmosphere through colors and so on, but it completely defeats any kind of purpose if your viewer can't see or follow what's going on. It is not all that sinister if you have to squint and guess what is happening. Seriously, things can be dark and edgy even if there is a lightsource somewhere! (This was brought on by me trying to watch SGU, but really it applies to a lot of series.)
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
The latest incident of this I've noticed was in this week's CSI: New York, but it's not really specific to that ep, so I don't think it needs a spoiler cut. So once again they examine photos taken by bystanders on their cell phones for evidence, and this is related to that weird "endless zoom and image enhancement" phenomenon in procedurals (and wow, do I wish photos and video really worked like that, that you somehow could extract all potential information rather than all actual information recorded, because then if you had a reference picture of an object and needed to see the detail of some part of the mechanism rather than the whole thing you could just zoom instead of cursing about how few easy to find photos there are just showing a small part of a thing in great detail), but I don't mean that exactly, though it is also a pet peeve of mine. It's that on top of the endless detail it never seems to happen that a significant portion of their relevant photos just suck too much, like maybe blurry because the person wobbled too much, completely over or under exposed, etc. This somehow annoys me because random tv people are apparently much better at taking snapshots than actual people, even if they are just using cell phones, are in a crowd, and not all sober.

Also, and this is a bit more specific so I cut, )
ratcreature: argh (argh)
I see idiotic program titles like "Easter is party for Jesus" (well it was in German, i.e. "Ostern ist Party für Jesus", and yes, that there is no article makes it sound even more moronic, at least in German, I guess it's not much better in English), and I wouldn't care at all if it wasn't a program on public television, the programs paying for each month is mandatory, if I want to own a tv set legally (€16.50 each month for owning a tv and a radio, the registration offices cooperate with them, and their recent advertising campaign is really disturbing, its slogans are things like "Paid already?" "We'll find everybody." "We make house calls.")

Okay, so they have Christian programs, I'm used to that. (Though it seems to me that the system by which they allot time to the different confessions doesn't really take other religions into account fairly, but whatever.) But why do they have to use so stupid titles? Also I think that with broadcasting Lutheran and Catholic church services on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and the Pope's Easter message, not to mention all those Christian-themed monumental movies and the concert broadcasts with performances of Bach's Johannes Passion etc, that side of Easter was sufficiently covered already, there's no need for more Jesus tv on Saturday on public television. (I mean aren't those who care about church services supposed to actually go to church themselves and not watch it on tv, anyway?)

Anyway, as I looked up what this program actually was, because it had the silliest title I've seen in a while (I just stumbled over it in my newspaper, there was no further explanation), I found that the scope of religious Easter programs I can choose from on public television surpasses my expectations, i.e. what I mentioned above, by far: Not only is there another Lutheran church service on Easter Monday for good measure, those things are framed by programs like "Church and society", "Holy sites of early Christianity", "Judas - Saint or Traitor?", a documentation on some village church where the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to someone recently... (oh, and you can find one feature on some mystical site of Islam at 4 a.m. maybe they think that provides balance *snort*)

BTW, that list only included the two public tv stations that are terrestrial and can be received everywhere, there are additional Church services and religious documentaries broadcasted by the local public tv stations, and the public tv channels that are available only through cable or satellite. There I could also watch documentaries about miracle healers (for three hours but at least late at night), a documentary on culinary traditions of the church year, a documentary about the state of old church bells and their restoration state and problems, broadcasts of bishop consecrations, three three-hour specials on biblical women, a documentation about the Church at Jesus tomb (what's the "Grabeskirche" really called in English anyway?), several other documentations about churches and monasteries, one film about famous pilgrimage routes, another documentation about some local pilgrims' ways, another one about travel agencies specialized on Catholic pilgrimages, something about Armenian Easter, a documentation about Christian ashrams in India... The list goes on. Obviously there is no topic too obscure as long as it is bible, church or christianity related that you can't find in the Easter tv program on public television.

Whatever. In case you're interested it turns out the one with the idiotic title was a children's program, something about Easter songs.
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I just read in an article that TNT canceled Witchblade despite good ratings. And Fox decided not to air the last two Greg the Bunny episodes either. Sigh.

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