I'm one of those people who still watches "Law and Order," The Mothership. And yes, usually SVU and sometimes CI, too. Can't help it. What normally happens is that I TiVo them, and keep them in reserve for occasions when I can't sleep...which is pretty much every night since the hysterectomy.
And so it was that I found myself watching Friday's episode of "Law and Order" on Saturday night. They insist on keeping that whole "ripped from the headlines" theme going, and so this was the episode that featured Chevy Chase playing, well...Mel Gibson. Right down to the use of the term "sugart*ts." Of course, they added a murder, so it wasn't exactly the same. And, you know, they try to be realistic and current. But there came a moment at which I lost my mind a little (I'm doing that a lot at the television lately. Perhaps I should read more.), and that moment was this:There's the Mel-Gibson-ish character, doing his requisite on-air "apology," and telling the world that "some of my best friends are Jews." On the "BARRY BISHOP" show. At this point, my attention totally leaves the plotline of the show, as I try to imagine the writer's meeting at which they came up with this. "Let's see...we could call him 'Gary Pawn.' No, wait...'Derry Rook'? We could make the character a woman, and call her 'Mary Queen,' but then the whole suspender angle gets lost, and people might not realize who we're trying to represent, here.
And check out the logo in the photo above. Then look at this one, which is from the actual MYSTERY show being copied:Apparently, the fictional "Barry Bishop" has less to compensate for, if you get my drift (and I know you do).
I know what you're thinking: "Oh, that's just a coincidence, Belinda. Surely television writers realizing that something like this, rather than enhancing the "realism" of the show, actually detracts from viewer attention while the viewers slap their heads and wail, "You have GOT to be kidding me. 'Barry BISHOP'?!?"
Oh, really? Check it out:I think my point is that I'm ready for "Law and Order" to stop "rip(ping things) from the headlines" and just write some original plots, like they used to. Remember that?
Or I could just keep watching "Dexter" and growing more and more emotionally disturbed.