January 28th, 2013
|12:45 am - Swamp Pawn Ghosts – Musings on Bizarre TV|
teaotter & I were watching a cooking show before she went to bed, and then she looked at what was on other channels. One show caught my eye – I didn't watch it, I was merely awestruck by its existence – it was called Swamp Pawn. There are now all manner of shows for bored white collar workers about unusual jobs - Swamp Loggers, Storage Wars, and several involving pawn shops… Swamps and pawn shops for some reason seem especially common, and so this show is the perfect exemplar of this form of TV – all shall bow down before the mediocre might of Swamp Pawn.
I then mentioned this to amberite who wondered whether it was about a pawn shop in a swamp or about selling items found in a swamp to a pawn shop. [] Alice also suggested that an even more perfect show would be Swamp Pawn Ghosts [], and then wondered if that would be a show about a haunted pawn shop or about pawning ghosts found in a swamp – I vote for the second.
In many ways, US TV has gotten like the rest of the US culture - far less uniform than it was 20+ years ago. Over the past decade I've watched a number of truly excellent shows, many of which have been among the best shows I've ever seen on TV, while I've also been careful to avoid some of the most bizarre and terrible-sounding shows I've ever heard of.
[] Note: I have no interest in learning the actual answer to this question, speculating is far more enjoyable.
[] The number of terrible-looking ghost-hunting shows is shockingly large.
Current Mood: amused
I really liked the guys in Meteorite Men... rocks from space nerds..
|Date:||January 28th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)|| |
My wife and I find the ghost-hunting shows fairly fun to watch, if only for the MST3K sort of approach we have to them. Well, and the fact that the shows can be reduced to the two basic ingredients of "Come at me bro!" and "DUDE what just came at me bro?!"
re Swamp Pawn: Are these shows... breeding now?
I managed to misread this most of the way to the end - likely b'c it began w/talk of watching a cooking show - as Swamp Prawn, 'cept I thought mebbe 'twas an adult-swim action adventure show.
|Date:||January 28th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeah, I was all, "revenants of freshwater crustaceans what?" I figured it was either an attempt to hybridize supernatural horror and monster horror, a la Ghost Ship meets Piranha, or it was a very literal translation of something Japonese, like "Hundred Tales Ebi", not that that explains anything.
Edited at 2013-01-28 04:33 pm (UTC)
"Hundred Tales Ebi", not that that explains anything,/i>
Nothing needs explaining w/a title like that. It's all about the imagery you've just implanted in my brain. As it happens, I'm going out for sushi w/a couple friends tonight. EEP!
One TV show I really miss is Penn & Teller's Bullshit. It debunked lots of pseudoscientific nonsense in an entertaining and educational way. In light of the ghost-hunting crapola that now rules much of the airwaves, we need more science shows that educate the public.