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Dear Television...

Dear Television,

Please stop showing CPR in dramas. It looks terrible. I know that sometimes you have to put characters in mortal peril, and sometimes they then require CPR. That's fine. Just don't show the hands and the chest together. You might be aiming for nail-biting tension, but all you wind up with is giggles. Just trust me on this.

I'm not knocking Hostages. I'm actually really enjoying the show, and the situation that played out in the two most recent episodes, involving Spoiler getting spoilered because Spoiler spoilered with the spoilers was really good. It ramped up the tension nicely. But then the CPR began. Goodbye exciting life or death moment, hello somebody gently prodding a chest. It looks naff. I'm not asking you to do actual CPR, as presumably breaking an actor's ribs is frowned upon, and would lead to all manner of shooting delays. But either use a dummy chest, or shoot from a different angle. Please.

Yours Sincerely,

Anybody Who Has Ever Watched Television

PS: Don't axe Hostages. Thank you.


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Oct. 25th, 2013 08:58 am (UTC)
And then there's the fact that they can only perform TV CPR on men, because you have to take the bra off to do CPR on women, so it's never shown being done on women. Grrrr.....

I'm actually enjoying a record (for me) level of new non-public TV this season. All of three shows ! Korra, Dragons of Berk, and the surprisingly good Michael J. Fox Show, with Doctor Who and MLP on the way. Wow! That's an amazing glut of quality family-friendly TV.
Oct. 25th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm pleased to hear that Michael J Fox's show is good. I don't like to think of his big return to TV being a flop.

Have you tried "Atlantis"? It hasn't worked for me, but quite a lot of people that I know here on LJ are enjoying it, and it's definitely family friendly.
Oct. 25th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. If I ever stop rolling my eyes about it, I'll give it a try.
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
If you're at all into Greek myths, your eye-rolling may only increase! Or indeed actual Greek history in Pythagoras's case. And it is a blatant attempt at recapturing the "Merlin" audience. People do seem to be enjoying it though, and it is very well made. Excellent support cast, I must say.

"Sleepy Hollow" might take your family's fancy. Might be a bit scary for the youngest, but it's great fun. I would say that it has a "Buffy" feel, but you haven't seen that yet, so I won't. ;)
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