Big Surprise.

There are many talented and intelligent people in the world. America has many of them. The ‘Blog World’ has many of them, too. I’m one of the people who was blessed with neither talent nor intelligence but I was granted the gift of recognizing both in others.

I don’t have the long memory that a lot of the people I admire possess. I’m the sort of person who tends to take things that are happening now as, well, something that is happening now. Sometimes I can see it, but mostly I miss how what is happening now is really the result of things that have happened before now; often long before now. Which probably explains why the news can still shock and amaze me. Welcome to my world.

Netflix has had quite an influence on my knowledge level. Naturally, I don’t watch anything if it has the slightest scent of ‘narrative’. Three series on Netflix have filled in my ‘information gap’. They are West Wing, The Crown (I am a hopeless Anglophile – I love my cousins across the sea), and Criminal Minds.

West Wing ran from 1999 to 2006. I’ve learned about political campaigns and how they are run and why it takes so much money to run a campaign; that the Democrats have always been Leftists – and quite frank about it in this program; and that it’s a good thing we don’t have 24/7/365 coverage of what goes on in the Oval Office. This series has also shown me what my father meant when he referred to Democrats as ‘bleeding heart liberals’.

The Crown, which began in 2016 and is still in production (of course heaven only knows when the fourth season will be dropped to Netflix – the ‘virus’, doncha know). What a gold mine of historic information. There are things that simply can’t be tampered with because they are historical and actually happened and are verifiable so that’s quite impactful. A UK site that is my home away from home has commenters (bless them one and all – except the troll everyone loves to hate) that harken back to previous governments and the leaders thereof and The Crown puts the ‘face’ to the names I’ve only rarely heard about but had such incredible impact on that country. I thought it ironic that they had John Lithgow portraying Churchill but that’s just me.

Criminal Minds, airing from 2005 to 2020, was a head’s up for me. Aside from the horrors and sometimes graphic nature of the episodes, there’s a heap of background in the dialogs of the characters that could be spoken right now, today, that is absolutely relevant. Such as Seattle having always been the ‘hotbed’ for Leftist protesting; that the FBI has always been in the pockets of the rich; that politics is something that law enforcement has always had to try to work around, and why local police forces frown on ‘interference’ from the FBI.

Oh, yes; I’ve learned quite a bit about the world and about right here at home, watching these series. Big wake-up. Big surprise.

 

9 Responses to Big Surprise.

  1. the unit says:

    Haven’t watched any of those places. Still get “woked” anytime I open my eyes these days. My wokeness far different from the MSM narrative for wokedness. Sorta old fashioned, still lick my thumb when turning a page. 🙂

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  2. Nicholas says:

    I recommend The Newsroom which is also by Aaron Sorkin, who did the West Wing. We are re-watching it at the moment. Then there’s Picket Fences and Boston Legal, by David E Kelley. I’m also a fan of ER and Chicago Hope. Generally, older is better. Grey’s Anatomy started out okayish but descended into liberal madness, such that I couldn’t bear to watch it.

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  3. audremyers says:

    Gosh, thanks, Nicholas! I find I watch the same things over and over again because I don’t know what’s good and of course, avoid the narrative at all cost!

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