‘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. Aaron Miller Inactive
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    There’s a trailer for that show that only advertises its “diversity” of lockstep Democrats. Nothing hinted that it is meant to be satire. 

    Do you think this show would have gotten airtime if FOX hadn’t been bought by Disney? 

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  2. RightAngles Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

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

    OMG Hahaha! “Judas Patel” hahaha! Thanks for sending this. It’s good to see people finally using ridicule against the sillier aspects of the SJW phenomenon. Hilarious.

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  3. RightAngles Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    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.

    Obviously you have the right idea there. I’m seriously on the verge of canceling my cable TV and just streaming from now on.

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  4. RightAngles Member
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    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    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).

    True. For those who are unfamiliar with our zeitgeist here, behold Leslie, Unofficial Mayor of Austin. He died a few years ago and the city mourned. He has his own bobblehead and a plaque in his memory. He was a common sight riding around town on his bicycle in a pink tutu or a g-string, and he ran for Mayor every election.

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  5. cdor Member
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    My wife and I just watched the two hour premier last night. We had it recorded from Sunday.Well, we watched the first hour of the two hours before moving on to something else. My wife, who is not openly political, but sees and understands what’s going on, started counting all the woke diversity checkpoints within the first five minutes. Her prediction is the Hijab wearing woman firefighter with breasts that barely fit under her uniform suspenders, will turn out to be  a lesbian. Surprisingly we made it through the first hour without the lesbian checkpoint.I laughed upon opening Ricochet this morning and seeing your post @rightangles.

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  6. Jon1979 Inactive
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    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).

    True. For those who are unfamiliar with our zeitgeist here, behold Leslie, Unofficial Mayor of Austin. He died a few years ago and the city mourned. He has his own bobblehead and a plaque in his memory. He was a common sight riding around town on his bicycle in a pink tutu or a g-string, and he ran for Mayor every election.

    Even in the days when Blue Dog Democrats ran the state, the locals in Austin don’t get that they’re able to indulge and maintain their perpetual childhoods and their adult fantasies in part because the rest of the state plays the adult, and keeps Austin from sliding into problems like similar eclectic cities on the West Coast (the recent situation with the homeless — when the city government and mayor really, really, really wanted to go the Seattle-San Francisco-Los Angeles route, but were constrained by Gov. Abbot being the parent in the room — shows what Austin wants to be, while the West Coast states with Democratic leadership shows what would happen if the progressives in Austin ever got their wish).

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  7. RightAngles Member
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    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    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).

    True. For those who are unfamiliar with our zeitgeist here, behold Leslie, Unofficial Mayor of Austin. He died a few years ago and the city mourned. He has his own bobblehead and a plaque in his memory. He was a common sight riding around town on his bicycle in a pink tutu or a g-string, and he ran for Mayor every election.

    Even in the days when Blue Dog Democrats ran the state, the locals in Austin don’t get that they’re able to indulge and maintain their perpetual childhoods and their adult fantasies in part because the rest of the state plays the adult, and keeps Austin from sliding into problems like similar eclectic cities on the West Coast (the recent situation with the homeless — when the city government and mayor really, really, really wanted to go the Seattle-San Francisco-Los Angeles route, but were constrained by Gov. Abbot being the parent in the room — shows what Austin wants to be, while the West Coast states with Democratic leadership shows what would happen if the progressives in Austin ever got their wish).

    Exactly! At least our lefty airheads have the sense to know they shouldn’t be in charge of the whole state.

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  8. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    The thing with leftists is that they have no limiting principal, they never think, ‘That’s enough, let’s not push it’ or ‘No, this is too much, it’s over the top  ‘ . That’s why they never speak in exact numbers , it’s always just ‘more’. College admissions, food stamps, welfare, immigration, health insurance for illegals, on and on ,you name it , MORE, MORE. 

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  9. Hoyacon Member
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    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    The thing with leftists is that they have no limiting principal, they never think, ‘That’s enough, let’s not push it’ or ‘No, this is too much, it’s over the top ‘ . That’s why they never speak in exact numbers , it’s always just ‘more’. College admissions, food stamps, welfare, immigration, health insurance for illegals, on and on ,you name it , MORE, MORE.

    That’s why we all can’t wait to see what’s up next after trans rights are no longer the shiny new thing.

     

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  10. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    The thing with leftists is that they have no limiting principal, they never think, ‘That’s enough, let’s not push it’ or ‘No, this is too much, it’s over the top ‘ . That’s why they never speak in exact numbers , it’s always just ‘more’. College admissions, food stamps, welfare, immigration, health insurance for illegals, on and on ,you name it , MORE, MORE.

    That’s why we all can’t wait to see what’s up next after trans rights are no longer the shiny new thing.

    Pedophilia.

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  11. Stad Coolidge
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    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).

    True. For those who are unfamiliar with our zeitgeist here, behold Leslie, Unofficial Mayor of Austin. He died a few years ago and the city mourned. He has his own bobblehead and a plaque in his memory. He was a common sight riding around town on his bicycle in a pink tutu or a g-string, and he ran for Mayor every election.

    Uhhhhh . . . uhhhhh . . . I’m at a loss for words.

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  12. Jon1979 Inactive
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    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).

    True. For those who are unfamiliar with our zeitgeist here, behold Leslie, Unofficial Mayor of Austin. He died a few years ago and the city mourned. He has his own bobblehead and a plaque in his memory. He was a common sight riding around town on his bicycle in a pink tutu or a g-string, and he ran for Mayor every election.

    Even in the days when Blue Dog Democrats ran the state, the locals in Austin don’t get that they’re able to indulge and maintain their perpetual childhoods and their adult fantasies in part because the rest of the state plays the adult, and keeps Austin from sliding into problems like similar eclectic cities on the West Coast (the recent situation with the homeless — when the city government and mayor really, really, really wanted to go the Seattle-San Francisco-Los Angeles route, but were constrained by Gov. Abbot being the parent in the room — shows what Austin wants to be, while the West Coast states with Democratic leadership shows what would happen if the progressives in Austin ever got their wish).

    Exactly! At least our lefty airheads have the sense to know they shouldn’t be in charge of the whole state.

    Oh, the hardcore ones think they do, and are just as susceptible as the TDS sufferers around the nation to think that because progressives aren’t running Texas state government, they’re somehow living in a dystopian hellhole, surrounded by redneck, knuckle-dragging troglodytes out in the boonies ruining things. That’s why they get so giddy at the thought of turning Texas Blue.

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  13. Unsk Member
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    I was in a bar getting some dinner when 9-1-1 Lone Star came on after the NFL playoff game.  I could only take about 20 minutes before I had to  run home quickly  because was I about ready to puke.  I didn’t follow the story line too closely ,  but in the story Rob Lowe has come down from NYC to Texas with his suicidal gay son and is charged  with putting back together this fire station where  a year later all but one of the firefighters were killed in a disastrous fire. The tipping puke point for me was when after watching Rob Lowe hire all these woke characters, the lone survivor comes back to reclaim  his old job at his old station and  Rob Lowe turns him down because it seems he is too male or something.  I almost coughed up my cookies right then and there in the bar. 

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  14. Bishop Wash, Blk X-man/Wh pilot Member
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    JoelB (View Comment):

    I’m glad Liv Tyler’s look is due to make-up. My first reaction to the photo above was that time has not been kind.

    There was a ‘Where are they now?’ page for Lord of the Rings that hooked people with a thumbnail of her sister, who is a larger model, instead of Liv. At least that’s what the Saved You A Click site said.

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  15. Bishop Wash, Blk X-man/Wh pilot 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?

    Just the later ones, when he put the dresses away.

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  16. RightAngles Member
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    Unsk (View Comment):

    I was in a bar getting some dinner when 9-1-1 Lone Star came on after the NFL playoff game. I could only take about 20 minutes before I had to run home quickly because was I about ready to puke. I didn’t follow the story line too closely , but in the story Rob Lowe has come down from NYC to Texas with his suicidal gay son and is charged with putting back together this fire station where a year later all but one of the firefighters were killed in a disastrous fire. The tipping puke point for me was when after watching Rob Lowe hire all these woke characters, the lone survivor comes back to reclaim his old job at his old station and Rob Lowe turns him down because it seems he is too male or something. I almost coughed up my cookies right then and there in the bar.

    That part killed me too. Here is the one guy who actually knows how to do the job because he’s been doing it for 10 years, but he’s a WHITE GUY! We can’t have THAT. No, if your house is on fire we want to send in the circus.

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  17. LibertyDefender Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Yeesh.

    I mean, wouldn’t they want to show the diversity crew as awesome, as opposed to a scruffy band of ne’er-do-wells? Diversity is paramount, so let’s hire bad employees?

    I know, right?! 

    Perhaps the show is accidentally exposing the inescapable truth about Diversity, which I describe as follows:

    A Chain is Only as Strong as its Most Diverse Link

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  18. Bishop Wash, Blk X-man/Wh pilot Member
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    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Yeesh.

    I mean, wouldn’t they want to show the diversity crew as awesome, as opposed to a scruffy band of ne’er-do-wells? Diversity is paramount, so let’s hire bad employees?

    I know, right?!

    Perhaps the show is accidentally exposing the inescapable truth about Diversity, which I describe as follows:

    A Chain is Only as Strong as its Most Diverse Link

    I’ve been using “Diversity: Making us stronger by focusing on what makes us different.” for some years now. I like the way you phrase it.

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  19. Dominique Prynne Member
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    I haven’t watched the show, but I was interested…until RA saved me from myself.  Interesting about all the social justice checkpoints.  I listened to a Jordan Peterson/Ben Shapiro/Dave Rubin interview yesterday where Peterson talked about, historically, how important competencies are in the West and how we built beneficial (but not perfect) hierarchies placing those with competencies higher up.  However, the left has come in and seeks to reduce or extinguish the competency-based hierarchies and, instead, turns them upside down to where the least competent/marginalized are placed at the top of the hierarchy due to victim status.  At least, that is what I think Peterson said…pretty dense stuff.   It seems to be the blueprint of this show. 

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  20. Columbo Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    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).

    True. For those who are unfamiliar with our zeitgeist here, behold Leslie, Unofficial Mayor of Austin. He died a few years ago and the city mourned. He has his own bobblehead and a plaque in his memory. He was a common sight riding around town on his bicycle in a pink tutu or a g-string, and he ran for Mayor every election.

    Uhhhhh . . . uhhhhh . . . I’m at a loss for words.

    Uhhhh … uhhhhh … don’t try this at home.

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  21. Judge Mental Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Yeesh.

    I mean, wouldn’t they want to show the diversity crew as awesome, as opposed to a scruffy band of ne’er-do-wells? Diversity is paramount, so let’s hire bad employees?

    The typical lefty diversity show is really talented and incredibly skilled at their jobs. The sensitive gay guy is still a hero who will save the day in a traditional fashion.

    It’s like they have forgotten what the show is actually supposed to be about, and just virtue signalled all the way. Firemen responding to a disturbing the peace call?

    I know, right?! In the case of Hijab Girl, they presented her 11 demerits as a positive, if you can believe. As if it means she’s just a saucy self-starter stickin it to the patriarchy. They do show the trans person as the one who always saves the day though. The Generic Brown Guy who kept flunking the test? Not his fault! Learning Disability! (Just please don’t let him drive the fire truck if he can’t read signs)

    Here’s my crazy conspiracy theory: they must normalize incompetence as a prelude to socialism.  Under the new order,everyone will be guaranteed a job.  Well, they’re not going to have a special job for all he incompetent people to do, they’re going to be spread throughout all the jobs, and the competent will have to make up the difference of their lack of and mal-performance.

    Screw-ups are comrades too.

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  22. LibertyDefender Member
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    Bishop Wash, Blk X-man/Wh pilot (View Comment):

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Yeesh.

    I mean, wouldn’t they want to show the diversity crew as awesome, as opposed to a scruffy band of ne’er-do-wells? Diversity is paramount, so let’s hire bad employees?

    I know, right?!

    Perhaps the show is accidentally exposing the inescapable truth about Diversity, which I describe as follows:

    A Chain is Only as Strong as its Most Diverse Link

    I’ve been using “Diversity: Making us stronger by focusing on what makes us different.” for some years now. I like the way you phrase it.

    I like to use it whenever someone offers the nonsensical “our diversity is our strength” trope.

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  23. RightAngles Member
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    Dominique Prynne (View Comment):

    I haven’t watched the show, but I was interested…until RA saved me from myself. Interesting about all the social justice checkpoints. I listened to a Jordan Peterson/Ben Shapiro/Dave Rubin interview yesterday where Peterson talked about, historically, how important competencies are in the West and how we built beneficial (but not perfect) hierarchies placing those with competencies higher up. However, the left has come in and seeks to reduce or extinguish the competency-based hierarchies and, instead, turns them upside down to where the least competent/marginalized are placed at the top of the hierarchy due to victim status. At least, that is what I think Peterson said…pretty dense stuff. It seems to be the blueprint of this show.

    The original show, 9-1-1, is also pretty woke, but it’s a good show. It isn’t so ham-handed as this one is. They have a lesbian couple and an interracial couple etc, but they also have really dramatic rescue situations which are the main part of it.

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  24. Merrijane Inactive
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    This is not surprising, then:

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  25. Hoyacon Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Dominique Prynne (View Comment):

    I haven’t watched the show, but I was interested…until RA saved me from myself. Interesting about all the social justice checkpoints. I listened to a Jordan Peterson/Ben Shapiro/Dave Rubin interview yesterday where Peterson talked about, historically, how important competencies are in the West and how we built beneficial (but not perfect) hierarchies placing those with competencies higher up. However, the left has come in and seeks to reduce or extinguish the competency-based hierarchies and, instead, turns them upside down to where the least competent/marginalized are placed at the top of the hierarchy due to victim status. At least, that is what I think Peterson said…pretty dense stuff. It seems to be the blueprint of this show.

    The original show, 9-1-1, is also pretty woke, but it’s a good show. It isn’t so ham-handed as this one is. They have a lesbian couple and an interracial couple etc, but they also have really dramatic rescue situations which are the main part of it.

    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back).  The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details.  If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept last night.

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  26. RightAngles Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Same here. I removed Gray’s Anatomy from my DVR after a few seasons for that reason. It got to where the whole episode would be about the lesbian couple breaking up or some other doc finding out she’d been cheated on, and frankly I do not want to have to worry that my surgeon is a hot mess because he just found out his wife slept with the mailman. I do not care about their personal lives. If it’s a medical show, I’m watching it for that. If it’s a cop show, I’m watching to see them catch a bad guy, not to see them in marriage counseling.

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  27. Miffed White Male Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Yup – the strength of the original L&O was that they (almost) never dealt with personal lives.

    One of the biggest “what the heck was that” moments in  Law & Order was when Fred Thompson fired the blond ADA and she said “Is this because I’m a  lesbian” – something that had never once been addressed or even implied (as far as I ever noticed) the entire time the character was on the show.

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  28. Hoyacon Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Same here. I removed Gray’s Anatomy from my DVR after a few seasons for that reason. It got to where the whole episode would be about the lesbian couple breaking up or some other doc finding out she’d been cheated on, and frankly I do not want to have to worry that my surgeon is a hot mess because he just found out his wife slept with the mailman. I do not care about their personal lives. If it’s a medical show, I’m watching it for that. If it’s a cop show, I’m watching to see them catch a bad guy, not to see them in marriage counseling.

    Speaking of hospitals, I guess that I also should have excepted House, which IMO was so good and funny that engrossing medical stories could be told alongside personality quirks of the characters.  Humor helps a lot but most of these “diversity shows” take themselves way too seriously.

     

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  29. Columbo Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Same here. I removed Gray’s Anatomy from my DVR after a few seasons for that reason. It got to where the whole episode would be about the lesbian couple breaking up or some other doc finding out she’d been cheated on, and frankly I do not want to have to worry that my surgeon is a hot mess because he just found out his wife slept with the mailman. I do not care about their personal lives. If it’s a medical show, I’m watching it for that. If it’s a cop show, I’m watching to see them catch a bad guy, not to see them in marriage counseling.

    Speaking of hospitals, I guess that I also should have excepted House, which IMO was so good and funny that engrossing medical stories could be told alongside personality quirks of the characters. Humor helps a lot but most of these “diversity shows” take themselves way too seriously.

     

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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Perhaps I’m unusual, but i really don’t care about the personal lives of characters in drama shows unless they’re really intrinsic to the on-going plot (e.g., Castle, from a few years back). The original Law and Order was an example of this during most of it’s 20 year run, with only occasional forays into some personal details. If the show is engrossing and well-written, we shouldn’t have to care with whom the character slept with last night.

    Yup – the strength of the original L&O was that they (almost) never dealt with personal lives.

    One of the biggest “what the heck was that” moments in Law & Order was when Fred Thompson fired the blond ADA and she said “Is this because I’m a lesbian” – something that had never once been addressed or even implied (as far as I ever noticed) the entire time the character was on the show.

    Probably the best example ever.

     

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