Character Destruction

Album Cover: Kid A

"We got heads on sticks. You got ventriloquists."
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Posted on July 26, 2005 1:48 AM in Television
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It is hard to deny that last night's episode of Six Feet Under, Singing for Our Lives was one of the best of the entire series. Unfortunately, it ended with Nate Fisher, my favorite character, suffering a stroke and landing violently on the floor. Then, of course, came the fade to white, and worst of all, no previews of what's to come.

I get the feeling that Nate will die, kicking off a maelstrom of emotion and turmoil that will tear the Fisher family apart. Afterall, Nate, as unstable as his life has always seemed, was the rock of the family from day one. He always seemed (crap, I'm talking in past tense, aren't I?) like the ingredient of reality in a recipe of struggle and frustration.

There is a lot more that I could say on the subject, but one of the cool things about the web is that there are all kinds of people out there sharing similar opinions. I found a nugget of truth in 6FU, Singing for Our Lives, and most notably, another Singing For Our Lives.

Six Feet Under is truly in a league of it's own. It's a real shame that the show will soon be six feet over.

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Ryan on July 26, 2005 at 9:33 AM:

It is hard to deny that last year's violence in the Darfur region of Sudan is some of the worst in the world. Unfortnately, it involves hundreds of thousands of civilians suffering and landing violently in the trash heap of forgotten lives. Then, of course, comes the world blithely ignoring anything wrong in Africa, and, worst of all, no sign that this will ever change.

I get the feeling that many more people in Darfur will die, kicking off a a maelstrom of revenge and turmoil that will tear Northeast Africa apart. Afterall, Sudan, as unstable as it is, is a large country strategicly placed bordering Egypt, Libya, Etheopia, the Red Sea and other important areas. It always seems (crap, I'm talkin gin present tense, aren't I?) that where goes Sudan, Africa's stuggles and frustrations follow.

There is a lot more that I could say on the subject, but one of the cool things about the web is that there are all kinda of sites out there saying it better than I could.

The Darfur Genocide, unfortunately, is not in a league of its own. It's a real shame that the unrest will not be over anytime soon.

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Ryan on July 26, 2005 at 9:41 AM:

Yes, it's stretched at many points to fit, but basically it's true. It always amazes me that people can be so detached from one another that they care more about the fictional characters in a TV show than the real people in the world. And I'm not just singling you out, Bernie, or anyone else in particular for that matter. I certainly put more effort almost every day into my games of Counter Strike than I have even put into these posts. After all, Darfur is far away, full of people that I don't know and I have no compelling interest to get to know apart from they too are part of the human family, and there are 6 billion of them, so why should I care? But it never hurts to be aware, even if it is less comfortable.

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Bernie Zimmermann on July 26, 2005 at 8:29 PM:

Ryan, it took me a few reads to figure out what the heck was going on there. Haha. I think you did a good job of creating a content "mash-up," so to speak. While I agree with you that there are more important issues facing us in the world than whether a fictional TV character dies or not, I do want to stress that I have learned many things about myself, the way I think, and thte people around me by engaging in what some would call "mind-numbing" television watching.

I think much like it's easy to get lost in a good book and take the morals and lessons it unleashes and apply them to your own life, the same can be said for good television shows. There are many micro-lessons that can be learned in order to piece together the type of macro-solutions that are required to make our world a better place. If you find those on a TV show, in the newspaper, while arguing with your best friend, or while out walking the dog as the sun comes up, I think it's a good thing regardless.

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