Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Six Feet Under

We've started watching Six Feet Under.  Season 1 is available free from our cable provider. I see it was authored by the guy who wrote American Beauty- yes, that makes sense.

It's dark and crunchy on the surface, with a heart of goo. Well, that's not baaaaad. You could say the same of Dickens. People do wrong things but they're not mean- apart that is from the obvious folk demon types- like the "corporate nazi fuck" with the blue eyes and the too-thick blond hair who features in the early episodes. The view of human nature is essentially benign. This being Hollywood, everyone is extraordinarily beautiful. That's not baaaaad either, it's just unEnglish. If this were a BBC show they'd have cast people with nubbly faces.

Maybe it's difficult to take a malign view of human nature under the perpetual sun of L.A.  I dunno. Like I say, people do wrong things, but nothing mean and crawling. They also show a propensity to step up to the plate- as David does when he channels his inner-gangsta to see off  the "corporate nazi fuck".  In my experience people are sometimes as brave as this, but not always. This being Hollywood, lessons in morality are frequently being learned.

I like shows in which dead people turn up and talk to the living. There have been a lot of these recently. It seems to be zeitgeisty.
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