Yo, yo, yo! Coo, coo, cool!the_jer
is back! Hey Jeremy
! I will respond .. beyond the somewhat OTT but sincere welcome when I have me act together ie, that it's not after 1am where I am. I just checked in to see what condition my condition is in and saw this - cool thread dude.
I'll be back ...!
Now that it's the cold light of day, I've had me 8 hours kip, and I've read the thread...I don't have anything very new to add.
I hate when anything is too preachy including SP. SP can be and has been very preachy indeed all throughout the seasons it's been on air.
MnT very much enjoy the fact that they have a big chunk of TV broadcast space to express their thoughts on whatever issues they see fit to feature in eps.
MnT do have an agenda (quite a right-wing one too), for their own opinions and specific beliefs that they push through SP. It can be hard to enjoy any SP ep that's driven by whatever belief/agenda they choose to inject into, or dictate, an ep.
They've said often in interviews that they are genuinely trying to tell stories and entertain so when they discuss Al Gore, global warming, celebs being arseholes - or whatever the issue may be - they are trying to build an entertaining story and funny tv show to illustrate their point, not just shove the point in yer face. Sometimes they fail - it can be very gauche and too pointed.
I cannot abide it when celebs take up causes, whatever the cause is; they are using the issue to bring attention for themselves.
I'm sure the celeb believes they are highlighting the cause properly, etc, etc but the primary goal is them promoting him or herself. I have never heard any celeb speak intelligently, articulately or even fully accurately on any issue. That is a huge problem - many people are willing to believe what a celeb says on an particular issue above, eg, an expert in that area.
When MnT pick an issue for an ep, they at least research the subject. They get their own opinion across on that issue but they don't wholly misinform. They express reasonable and well formed arguments from the stand point they decide to take.
If you disagree with their POV - fine. And it's fine by them as well. I disagree with them but I've sometimes looked for further info on a subject based on something in a ep.
I think their explanation of what stem cells actually are is one of the simplest, well expressed I've heard or read.
'Major Boobage' to me, so far is the best ep. So much fun and great ideas. I've never seen 'Heavy Metal' and have no desire to but that ep did not go over my head.
I've yet to see 'Eek a Penis' and 'Over Logging' so my opinion of this season's best ep could change.
SP is a fairly unique programme - there is so little satire in any part of the media. Irony, satire with comedy is being pushed out of entertainment programming.
Personally, I blame the vacuous emptiness of so called 'reality' tv that thrives on and encourages on-camera conflict, aggression and sometimes physical violence to 'entertain' people. So fucking sad and wrong. It's killing imaginative creativity in TV and dulling and dumbing TV audiences.