Friday, January 23, 2009
Look Around You
As I have mentioned before, I have become one of the least loyal TV watchers on the planet over the past few years. There are only two shows I make time for whenever there's a new episode, and both those shows, Mad Men and The Venture Brothers, are currently between seasons. I have some hopes for Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse and the NBC drama Kings, both of which will start soon, but who knows how long I will stay with them.
Right now, Adult Swim, which is the name given to the Cartoon Network shows that air from about 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., has started airing a BBC import called Look Around You. The shows are only nine minutes long, but that isn't a problem for Adult Swim, which has several shows that fill fifteen minute slots, usually eleven minutes of show and four minutes of commercials.
Look Around You is a science program, done in a cheesy 1980s production style, though the programs were actually made this decade. It's reminiscent of the kind of film strips we watched in class way back in the 1960s. The only difference (or is it a difference?) is that almost everything they tell you on Look Around You is wrong.
I watched the first two episodes last week, and I will make time to see the next two this week, even though it means getting up at some ungodly hour. I have embedded an episode about water, which is available on The You Tubes. If you like it, you should try others. I find it wonderfully silly. Your mileage may vary.