Friday, January 13, 2012

A New Friday Feature

So "God's Grandeur Friday" was great and all, but it feels so 2011. I wanted to try something else for 2012. But what to do? Hmm...

Well, the way I approach these sorts of questions, I looked to the times for inspiration; and it being 2012 (the year the world ends according to those plucky Mayans, don'tcha know) and no less auspicious a day that the first Friday the 13th of that weighty year, I thought that we could do something like...

The Weekly Sign of the Apocalypse

Yes, I know this might seem a lot like what a certain other blog has been known to do on an entirely-too-intermittent basis, but it's the year for this kind of thing. And I'm doing it in Comic Sans, which makes it that much more apocalypse-y. At least, the way I interpret things, the Internet seems to believe that this is Satan's personal font of choice; and when was the last time the Internet was wrong about something?

So anyway, signs of the Apocalypse. Where am I going to find one of those? Oh, wait, I know: here.

If you're one of those people who clicks on a link and finishes reading later, then you already know what I mean. For the rest of you, I should caution you that it combines two already unholy things - the CW Network and reality TV - to create a monstrosity that is, somehow, unholier than either. I refer to what amounts to the lovechild of a classic party game and professional wrestling:

The 10-episoe series, created and executive produced by Phil Gurin, Richard Joel and Deena Dill, is described as a high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition in which 20 daredevils race head to head through five obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair — to the sounds of a live band.

I'm sorry, but that just doesn't seem right. It makes Most Extreme Elimination Challenge seem lighthearted. It's exactly the same kind of show, but unlike the aforementioned MXC, which aired on what can only be described as a cable channel that specializes in shallow drivel, it's airing on a broadcast network which...oh.

So maybe it's not exactly a new horseman, but it is a familiar horseman dressed in a much more ludicrous outfit. I stand by my assertion that it is yet another road sign along the carpool lane to our doom.

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