I don’t get it. I really, really don’t. Am I the only one? I can’t be the only one. I sit in front of my television for hours on end every single week. And I am becoming so disenchanted. From ER’s insistance on recycling old plotlines, substituting dark lighting for drama, and completely rewriting characters at the drop of a hat to Desperate Housewives' inability to come up with a second compelling mystery to The Nine coming out of the box with a great pilot that has completely degenerated into the nothingness and hiatus-land, I don’t know what to do anymore.
Let’s take a look at ER first, with its most recent “very special” Thanksgiving episode. Skipping the fact that they’ve done this whole “problems on a ride-along” thing countless times (Carol Hathaway, anyone?), are we to believe that Abby Lockhart spent an incredible amount of time trying to get out of a transport when someone’s life was at stake to all of the sudden do a 180-degree turnaround and give a damn? Isn’t it possible that her wasting a half-hour or so trying to pawn off the ride-along to someone else is the reason that the transport was unsuccessful?
And then there’s Laura Innes’s Kerry Weaver. I, for one, am sick and tired of a character being completely changed over the course of time. I don’t mind growth — growth is good and natural and should happen. What I mind is a complete denial of earlier plots in order to put forth a new one. Have Laura Innes and the writers completely forgotten season four of the show where Kerry had a sexual relationship with Ellis West (played by Clancy Brown)? In the most recent episode Weaver states that she came out of the closet when she was 30. The Ellis West relationship took place nine years ago and there is no way on God’s green Earth that Kerry Weaver is not yet 40. Thus either Weaver is lying or the show is. But Weaver has absolutely no reason to lie, it wouldn’t be hard for people to find out she was. This is a case of the writers and producers not caring. This new episode is a complete denial of the show’s history. And, what’s worse than that is that it treats the fans as though they were stupid. It is telling all the dedicated viewers that they don’t count, that this is not the same character they’ve watched for the last couple hundred episodes.
Shame on you ER and shame on you Laura Innes for allowing this to happen.
Maybe I expect too much. That’s entirely possible. I actually think Desperate Housewives may be able to come up with an over-arching season long mystery as compelling as why Mary Alice killed herself. Season two was a complete bust, and if this Orson Hodge nonsense is what’s supposed to carry us through season three, I’m going to be more and more frustrated. Hodge is better than the whole Applewhite fiasco, but it doesn’t involve all of Wisteria Lane like Mary Alice did. Sure, this complaint is nothing new, but that doesn’t make it less important. This show at one time had a must-watch incredibility to it that has been almost completely absent since the season one finale. Maybe the producers felt they went too far too quickly and had to settle back down to Earth before getting too outlandish. What a huge disappointment that would be. If it’s wrong to expect TV shows to keep up a certain momentum or to strive to surpass themselves then I don’t want to be right.