Autumn is the season for American prime time TV, which means a whole host of old shows have just started a new season, and a couple of new ones have kicked off in the last few weeks. TV shows are a fascinating window into popularphilosophy, and I often find myself thinking about the world views being portrayed in different shows.
Here is a brief list of what Im watching at the moment, and why its fascinating.
- Heroes: The line between right and wrong is blurred beyond recognition, anti-heroes abound and even the purest character has begun to fall this season. This is what would really happen if people had special powers, no comic book style good guys, just regular people warts and all.
- House: Greg kicks off the start of the season in a psychiatric hospital because he basically went insane at the end of the previous one. Will he come back truly changed by the experience? There is also a lot of insight into relationships this season, both friendship and romantic.
- Dollhouse: I watched epitaph one which was an unaired episode put out on the season one DVD and it was superb. The whole concept of people being able to buy any person they want, which then shifts towards turning yourself into any person you want. The show really does hit the nail on the head with the consequences.
- Flashforward: Everyone blacks out for 137 seconds and sees what will happen in 6 months time. The show is good fun, but it also asks the deeper question of what exactly your response would be to this knowledge?
Every TV show has useful insights into how other people think, and I highly recommend watching TV critically. Dont just let it wash over you as an escape from the real world.