Monday, September 17, 2007

Not O-K

Just watched the first episode of the Fox series K-ville.

The K is an abbreviation.

Oddly, I always spelled "crap" with a C.

The series is a cop cliche... err, drama... set in New Orleans, post-Katrina (that's what they claim the K stands for). When it's not presenting a pedestrian police story, it's hammering us over the head with the woes of New Orleans and how victimized the city is.

I'm tired of the whole "New Orleans as victim" thing, so I have little patience for heavy-handed propagandizing about the plight of New Orleans. Residents of coastal Mississippi suffered heavy losses, but they took responsibility for their own lives and made things better. Residents of Florida have suffered through multiple hurricanes, but they aren't still presenting themselves as dependent victims. Apparently New Orleans is determined to remain a victim forever, though.

But no matter where the pilot of K-ville was set, it would have been a bad hour of television.

It was nice of Fox to kick off their season a week earlier than the other networks, so I could dismiss this series at my leisure rather than tying up several hours of DVR time with multiple episodes before discovering that I was wasting hard drive space.

2 comments:

Doug said...

Why be proactive when you can just keep waiting for FEMA handouts? I agree with you - I'm sick of the NOLA 'victim' syndrome. By this point, anyone interested in solving their own problems have found ways to make it work; the rest have hung around the ninth ward, hoping the guv'ment will rebuild their slum houses.

The AJC ran an article on the Katrina refugees (sic) last month and featured a man who's been voluntarily living in Atlanta's dregs, been laid off from multiple jobs and is waiting for FEMA to write him a payoff. They never fail to mention why he was losing those jobs...

cliff said...

The press rarely mentions that a large majority of the Katrina "victims" were actually renters who lost some possessions and nothing more; they quit paying rent the moment their rented homes were damaged. There's no major financial burden on any of them; as renters, they could get a job and rent another place at any point. Not sure why anyone thinks that renters deserve a governmental handout...