February 25, 2011

TV Critic Quote of the Week

Matt Zoller Seitz, reviewing the new "Criminal Minds" spinoff and the parade of destruction that is CBS' lineup:

It's a factory cranking out shrink-wrapped tales of savage human monsters and the righteous public servants guarding us against them. "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York," "The Mentalist, "48 Hrs. Mystery," "Flashpoint," "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" blur together in the brain. They're pages in a lurid catalog of kidnapping, rape, random assault, child molestation, passion killing, drug dealing, organ theft, sexual enslavement, and of course, serial murder. (Who builds all the TV serial killers' lairs, I wonder? Is there one contractor that they all prefer? And if so, does he offer bulk discounts on manacles, formaldehyde and surgical instruments?) To watch this cartoon nightmare spectacle, you'd think 21st century America was a suburbanized version of medieval Europe, a hell-on-earth where bloodthirsty highwaymen stalk every road and routine trips between hamlets end with travelers' corpses piled in meadows, crows feasting on their guts.
Oddly enough, I don't find any of those shows nearly as loathsome as "Two and a Half Men."

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 25, 2011 02:30 PM

I read your comments oddly enough we don't have a enough news channels, newspapers, Nancy Graces, or Oprah's to keep up with the real monsters that steal children, rape women, kill innocent thousands of people on rampages every damn mintue of the day, every hour on the hour. Twould we only had people like these to protect us instead of what we have.

Posted by: Dale Walton at February 27, 2011 04:28 PM
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