‘9-1-1 Lone Star,’ Give Me a Break. Please.

 

This is RightAngles, TV Reporter, here to save you some time. Do not bother to watch the new Fox show 9-1-1 Lone Star unless you want to end up throwing things at your TV. I admit I may have been predisposed to disliking this show because in the trailer they flew the Texas flag upside-down, but I think my initial gut reaction proved to be correct. So without further ado, here is my reaction to this over-the-top mishmash of SJW causes.

My first clue was when with the opening credits barely finished, we learn that New York Fire Capt. Rob Lowe’s son, also a fireman, is gay. I mean they just could not wait to stick that in there. Lowe is sent to Austin to repopulate a firehouse where everyone died in an explosion, and they tell him diversity is paramount (what?). As a result, we see him interviewing a paramedic in a hijab (he hires her even though she has 11 reprimands on her record), a black trans person (a twofer!), a basic Brown Guy who has failed the written exam four times (he hires him too), gay men, etc., etc. I mean is this the Fire Department or the SJW Cavalcade?

I don’t know about you, but if my house is on fire I want a 120-pound woman in a hijab with a record of not following orders and whose scarf is blowing around getting in her eyes and a trans person who’s checking to see if I’m a bigot before saving me.

One woman calls 911 because her Mexican neighbors were making some kind of disturbance, and the firefighters arrest her (citizen’s arrest) for being a racist. (No idea why they sent the fire department for a noisy piñata party) She starts having breathing trouble so they think she’s having a heart attack (who could blame her?). Before helping her, a fireman says “I should tell you I’m gay” (why?), and she recoils a little so the trans one bends down to help and says “And I’m trans.” When the woman is in respiratory distress! Excuse me?

In one pilot, they managed to pack in all that plus an opioid overdose, a learning disability, PTSD, and an illegal Mexican kid with asthma who is saved in the street by paramedic Liv Tyler, whose face is so puffed up with fillers that she looks like an alien. She tells the dad he needs an inhaler, and the dad says no insurance because he’s afraid of being deported, so she gives him her card and says she’s “with a group who doesn’t ask questions.” Why aren’t we mad at the irresponsible dad who put the kid in this situation?

And did I mention Lowe’s character is a metrosexual? In a locker room scene with all the firemen wearing only towels, he stands in front of the mirror and lets them all in on his skincare secrets, including the importance of exfoliating and moisturizing. Begone, Toxic Masculinity! He also goes for regular hair treatments so he won’t go bald. Oh, and he has cancer due to being a 911 first responder, and he tells his doctor he’s not sure if he wants this new cancer treatment that can prolong his life because he’ll lose his hair. “This is my look,” he says to her. Priorities, I tells ya!

Obviously we also have two men kissing. And this does not mean I have animosity toward gay people. I don’t. I have animosity toward sanctimonious TV writers who think they’re more sophisticated and intelligent than I am so they have to shove every social cause down my throat until I vote Democrat. We also have of course the requisite interracial couple, which is usually a white man with a black wife because the other way around makes black women mad.

Well, you know what, this whole stupid show made me mad, and a spinoff from the already woke enough 9-1-1 was not necessary. I want to be entertained, not yelled at.

For these reasons and for flying the Texas flag upside-down (which may have been on purpose. “Look at us! Stickin’ it to The Man!” but it may have been just ignorance), Two Thumbs Down.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    I almost don’t believe this. It sounds like a parody.

    RA, you deserve combat pay. But since there’s no pay, don’t look for a check.

    I’m sure you left out the part about the smart, brave, happily-married Christian who keeps everybody in stitches with a great sense of humor.

    I guess the only way to find out is to start protesting the show for not including various types of people.

    “No Swedish high school dropouts with environmental fixations, messiah complexes, and anger management issues? How dare you!

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  2. RightAngles Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible to cram into one show so many improbable situations to use as SJW clubs. That’s in its own way rather impressive.

    When social conservatives complain about shows glamorizing certain themes like sex, drugs, drinking, and violence in shows, the show people respond “we have to make it realistic so people can relate to the show. But then the shows beat us with these impossible combination of characters of the color, creed, sex, mental illness and other characteristics momentarily favored by the intelligentsia and they expect us to relate to the show and its characters? No.

    But that is part of why young people consider the country to be in worse shape than it is. Too many young people think that what they see in television shows reflects reality, or at least what reality should look like. They then translate that to believing that if they don’t see in the real world the same things they see in those elaborately constructed television programs, it’s because there’s something wrong with the people of this country.

    Not only are shows such as described awful for hectoring the audience instead of entertaining the audience, such shows contribute to many problems in society.

    Well said. Couldn’t agree more.

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  3. Annefy Member
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    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

     

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  4. Hoyacon Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

    Guessing the brunch was excellent.

    • #34
  5. RightAngles Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

     

    Ha! But you know, it really wasn’t that long ago that the TV shows were more normal. I got so sick of the new preachy shows that I’ve been binge-watching older series from before 2009 or so, and it’s shocking to see the difference. Even the David E. Kelley show Boston Legal wasn’t nearly on the level of the ones today, and he was one of the preachiest ones out there at the time. But Boston Legal had a transvestite character, a big fat black guy, and he was treated with ridicule. I’m sure Kelley wishes that would never see the light of day again, but it’s streaming on Amazon Prime, or was it Hulu, I forget. Anyway as I watch these shows which are not that old, I’m shocked at how fast this has all been allowed to happen.

    • #35
  6. Percival Thatcher
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

     

    Ha! But you know, it really wasn’t that long ago that the TV shows were more normal. I got so sick of the new preachy shows that I’ve been binge-watching older series from before 2009 or so, and it’s shocking to see the difference. Even the David E. Kelley show Boston Legal wasn’t nearly on the level of the ones today, and he was one of the preachiest ones out there at the time. But Boston Legal had a transvestite character, a big fat black guy, and he was treated with ridicule. I’m sure Kelley wishes that would never see the light of day again, but it’s streaming on Amazon Prime, or was it Hulu, I forget. Anyway as I watch these shows which are not that old, I’m shocked at how fast this has all been allowed to happen.

    Can they still even broadcast episodes of “MASH” that have Klinger as a character?

    • #36
  7. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge
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    The Rob Lowe character is the same as in Parks & Rec.  Maybe he is not acting.

    Liv Tyler is horrible.  I don’t think that is acting.

    The premise is weird.  Austin has 50 fire stations and 1000 fire personal, so replacing a station would be internal transfer.  Weird.  I guess it is just a vehicle for exploring wokeness and food trucks.

     

    Tacoma FD is much, much better.

     

     

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  8. RightAngles Member
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    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    The premise is weird. Austin has 50 fire stations and 1000 fire personal, so replacing a station would be internal transfer. Weird. I guess it is just a vehicle for exploring wokeness and food trucks.

    Tacoma FD is much, much better.

    The premise was even dumber than you imagined. The fire started in an industrial building of some kind, when the security guard put a burrito wrapped in foil into the microwave (I knew not to do that when I was 12), and when it burst into flames he reached in there and threw the flaming thing into a waste basket and the whole room went up in minutes. So THEN, the one fireman who ends up surviving gets a radio call (or something, I forget) that somebody thought there might be fertilizer nearby (huh?), so now that we’re all thinking of  Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City, just as he runs toward them to warn them, the whole thing blows (and the whole scenario blows, too if you ask me).

    • #38
  9. Franco Member
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    For counter programming I’d recommend The Politician on Netflix. All the characters are dastardly and plenty of dark humor with endless  scenes exposing woke hypocrisy. I’m amazed it got produced.

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  10. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge
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    RightAngles (View Comment):
    there might be fertilizer nearby (huh?), so now that we’re all thinking of Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City,

    Actually anyone in Texas should think of the big fertilizer explosion in West, TX a few years back.  Huge explosion and 10 first-responders died. 

    West Explosion Aerial.jpg

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  11. Miffed White Male Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

    Guessing the brunch was excellent. Fabulous!  (Fixed it for you)

     

     

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  12. Miffed White Male Member
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    I was at a Chinese restaurant ordering takeout Monday night, and they had this on the TV.  I turned around after ordering to face the TV just as a scene was starting with the two gay guys going at each other.  I honestly thought that the restaurant had some kind of softcore gay porn thing on, until I saw the network logo in the bottom corner of the screen.

    Fortunately it didn’t take them long to get my order ready.

     

     

     

    • #42
  13. Susan in Seattle Member
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    We stumbled into this show about halfway through last night: really had no idea what it was so we watched the rest of it.  I think if we’d seen it from its beginning, we would have quit early on. 

    • #43
  14. Barfly Member
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    Reno 911 ran for 6 seasons and a movie. I bet it’s more entertaining than the new Texas spinoff. Let’s see how long this one goes.

    • #44
  15. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    Well, it is Austin, after all.

    Seriously, I was in a county fire chief’s meeting and saw this pop up on my iPad.  It killed me to wait until I got home at 10 PM to read it.  We have a paramedic who worked for Austin fire – I’ll have to get his take on it.

    • #45
  16. Doug Watt Moderator
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    I watched last night (DVR) and I couldn’t stop laughing. I looked at my wife and said; “Do you remember when we watched James Cameron’s Titanic and I told you I was rooting for the iceberg.” Last night I was rooting for bigger explosions, and fires, and for good measure a tornado that would have ended any chance for another episode of this idiotic series.

    • #46
  17. James Gawron Inactive
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    RA,

    So you are claiming this show is full of toxic woketardiness, a known health hazard.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #47
  18. Jon1979 Inactive
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    Honestly, 9-1-1 Lone Star sounds like police being called to deal with millennial and Gen Xers who’ve drunk too much cheap, in-state hipster beer….

    • #48
  19. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Miffed White Male Ricochet Charter Member

    I was at a Chinese restaurant ordering takeout Monday night, and they had this on the TV. I turned around after ordering to face the TV just as a scene was starting with the two gay guys going at each other. I honestly thought that the restaurant had some kind of softcore gay porn thing on, until I saw the network logo in the bottom corner of the screen.

    Fortunately it didn’t take them long to get my order ready.

    You and I have very different definitions of softcore pornography. 

    • #49
  20. Limestone Cowboy Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    If you tell me that you are gay in the first five minutes, I am bored by minute six. This applies to TV, movies, and real life.

    What? No vegans? Normally you also learn that in the first minutes as well.

     

    • #50
  21. RightAngles Member
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    Limestone Cowboy (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    If you tell me that you are gay in the first five minutes, I am bored by minute six. This applies to TV, movies, and real life.

    What? No vegans? Normally you also learn that in the first minutes as well.

     

    As a matter of fact, when Lowe first arrives in Austin and the guys ask how he likes it, he says he feels right at home after finding “an organic food market and a vitamin shop and some fish oil supplements I like,” and “a core power yoga studio (whatever that is) within walking distance, I mean this place is like New York with a lot less traffic.” (I can see he hasn’t been on RR620 or MoPac at rush hour). This exchange happened at the beginning of episode 1, and I actually thought he was being sarcastic. It only dawned on me slowly that they were perfectly serious.

    • #51
  22. Annefy Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

     

    Ha! But you know, it really wasn’t that long ago that the TV shows were more normal. I got so sick of the new preachy shows that I’ve been binge-watching older series from before 2009 or so, and it’s shocking to see the difference. Even the David E. Kelley show Boston Legal wasn’t nearly on the level of the ones today, and he was one of the preachiest ones out there at the time. But Boston Legal had a transvestite character, a big fat black guy, and he was treated with ridicule. I’m sure Kelley wishes that would never see the light of day again, but it’s streaming on Amazon Prime, or was it Hulu, I forget. Anyway as I watch these shows which are not that old, I’m shocked at how fast this has all been allowed to happen.

    Can they still even broadcast episodes of “MASH” that have Klinger as a character?

    The only show my kids watched was MASH. We didn’t have a TV, but along the way someone gave us a TV with a VCR. And through happenstance we ended up with some MASH tapes. And through further happenstance I ended up befriending a writer for MASH …

    Long story short.  My kids’ favorite character of all time was Klinger.

    hands down. 

    And in their adulthood they have found theirselves in the bizarre situation of dealing with a loved one, an eight year old male in a tutu

    It’s a big world. Too big for me some times …

    • #52
  23. Annefy Member
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    BTW. Lone Star- the movie starring Chris Cooper – is the best movie ever. 

    • #53
  24. Zafar Member
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    RightAngles: Rob Lowe’s son, also a fireman, is gay. I mean they just could not wait to stick that in there.

    Because that is how we roll!! Yeah!

    (Wait, that was on purpose, right?)

    • #54
  25. Zafar Member
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    @rightangles – you might enjoy this. (They have a similar one involving firemen, but sadly I couldn’t find it.)

    • #55
  26. Franco Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    The whole gay thing is hilarious. JY and I were watching Cheers the other night (missed it on network TV back in the day) and there was a show about some gay guys, and how all the regulars were demanding Sam throw the Gays out or they would leave.

    Hilarity ensues.

    JY and I had a chuckle, realizing that was 40 years ago.

    Anyway … just an excuse to tell one of my favorite stories. We went to brunch at our gay friends’ (of course it was brunch). Everyone else was gay.

    After a few bloody marys I turned to one guy and said: it must suck to be gay, now that no one cares.

    He replied: Yeah. You ain’t no one unless your trans these days.

     

    Ha! But you know, it really wasn’t that long ago that the TV shows were more normal. I got so sick of the new preachy shows that I’ve been binge-watching older series from before 2009 or so, and it’s shocking to see the difference. Even the David E. Kelley show Boston Legal wasn’t nearly on the level of the ones today, and he was one of the preachiest ones out there at the time. But Boston Legal had a transvestite character, a big fat black guy

    Can they still even broadcast episodes of “MASH” that have Klinger as a character?

    The only show my kids watched was MASH. We didn’t have a TV, but along the way someone gave us a TV with a VCR. And through happenstance we ended up with some MASH tapes. And through further happenstance I ended up befriending a writer for MASH …

    Long story short. My kids’ favorite character of all time was Klinger.

    hands down.

    And in their adulthood they have found theirselves in the bizarre situation of dealing with a loved one, an eight year old male in a tutu

    It’s a big world. Too big for me some times …

    I’ve told this story here on Ricochet before, but I had a friend who directed plays and Jamie Farr was starring in his play at a small theater in Pennsylvania. Jamie was at a gathering, a dinner party at my friends house. This was in the mid 90’s. I was a newly minted righty but pretty much in the closet. Jamie and I got to talking in the dining room and everyone else was watching some movie and we started talking politics. I had seen most episodes of MASH but that wasn’t what we talked about much. Farr was, ironically, somewhat the closeted Republican (he’s Christian Lebanese) I had lived in Cairo for a year. Anyway , we talked and bonded over politics for at least an hour. He is super cool. 
    So maybe your kids have good instincts.

    • #56
  27. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    My word this sounds so deliberately awful it has to be self-satire. No one would…no could…be so completely lacking in self-awareness that….Oh. Hollywood. Never mind.

    • #57
  28. Stad Coolidge
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    RightAngles: My first clue was when, with the opening credits barely finished, we learn that New York Fire Capt. Rob Lowe’s son, also a fireman, is gay. I mean they just could not wait to stick that in there. Lowe is sent to Austin to repopulate a firehouse where everyone died in an explosion, and they tell him diversity is paramount (what?). So we see him interviewing a paramedic in a hijab (he hires her even though she has 11 reprimands on her record), a black trans person (a twofer!), a basic Brown Guy who has failed the written exam 4 times (he hires him too), gay guys, etc etc.

    Tell me this is not a real show . . .

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  29. Jon1979 Inactive
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Limestone Cowboy (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    If you tell me that you are gay in the first five minutes, I am bored by minute six. This applies to TV, movies, and real life.

    What? No vegans? Normally you also learn that in the first minutes as well.

    As a matter of fact, when Lowe first arrives in Austin and the guys ask how he likes it, he says he feels right at home after finding “an organic food market and a vitamin shop and some fish oil supplements I like,” and “a core power yoga studio (whatever that is) within walking distance, I mean this place is like New York with a lot less traffic.” (I can see he hasn’t been on RR620 or MoPac at rush hour). This exchange happened at the beginning of episode 1, and I actually thought he was being sarcastic. It only dawned on me slowly that they were perfectly serious.

    The Hollywood love for Austin here is not unrequited, because even more than the liberal enclaves in Dallas, Houston or San Antonio, the progressive denizens of the state’s capitol really, really wish Texas was more like California and New York (and if you ask them, they’ll tell you with a straight face that both states are run better than Texas because of Social Justice).

    • #59
  30. Henry Racette Member
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    @HenryRacette

    Un-frappin’-believable.

    Thank you. I’d never heard of this — don’t watch television — but it’s good to know just how messed up it’s become.

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