Monday, September 13, 2010

Obituaries: "True Blood" Season 3 Finale Killed by Alan Ball Disease

Wow , but I gotta say this is what everyone is talking about 
I sure hope the very talented writers are reading some of this ..there is no need for this 

Alan Ball Disease, a chronic but highly treatable autoimmune disorder in which a television show eats itself alive from the inside out without treatment, at last claimed last night's season finale of "True Blood." Characterized by a rapid production of unrelated plotlines and an obsessive, almost paranoid attention to their pointless unraveling and their attending tableaux, Alan Ball Disease is now recognized as the number two killer of quality television. (Coked-Up Pandering Network Exec-itis is still #1, according to the CDC.) The prime issue in diagnosing Alan Ball Disease is denial. Throughout a television season, a producer and a viewer both engage in a strange dance of mutually-agreed obliviousness.
"There just couldn't possibly be too many plotlines in which the characters do not engage each other," everyone thinks, ignoring the horrible stench and rot. The signs of the disease are quite clear to a neutral third party, however, simply by viewing the "Last Week On…" opening teaser. When what is intended to be a simple refresher for regular watchers or a brief introduction for new viewers becomes twisted and gangrenous, this is a clear indicator of advanced Alan Ball Disease.
There is no reason for producers and viewers to allow this travesty to go undiagnosed and fester before the public! TV doctors all over the country watch the third season of "Six Feet Under" for a case study in this tragic affliction of quality television.
And yet, to this day, sometimes television shows needlessly come sputtering to a sad halt before our very eyes: plotlines shredded, foreword action stalled, minor characters trotted out to provide a sense of conflict, tacky conclusions tacked on—season finales with neither a cliffhanger nor a satisfying resolution appended. What a tragic waste.



TeamEricSookie said...

Agree with this tidbit from "The AVL" 100%. I enjoyed "Six Feet Under" and recall that in its 3rd season, I started losing interest. I breezed through Season 4 thanks to the VCR and never watched any of the 1st airings of SFU's Season 4 epis; however, it rebounded in its 5th and final season especially with a series finale, which is still the best one of all time in my book.

Dallas you know I've been a fan of TB since the 1st epi, but last night's finale ended on a low note with me. I'm not on egg shells anxiously awaiting Season 4 in June 2011. I felt the same way last year, but the disappointment factor jumped a few more notches this time around.

If Alan Ball and/or the TB writers have people who scan the Net for comments of "the best fans EVER", please treat Season 4 as if you were looking for a network to pick up the show for the 1st time.

I'm losing interest and losing it quickly and I'm hoping Season 4 of TB will rebound in my heart as the 5th season of SFU did several years ago. We'll see how I feel this time next year.


" Dallas " said...

Love you TES and highly value your comments ...I think you are NOT alone in your feelings !