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High Culture vs. White Trash vs. Coincidental Psychedelia [Jan. 7th, 2003|02:40 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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As my best friend mentioned in his journal, Cirque du Soleil has a new reality show (at least, that's what they're calling it, although, I think documentary is probably a more accurate description...) on Bravo which started last night. Didn't watch it. For some reason, I have very little interest...

On the other hand, Fox started their new reality series, Joe Millionaire also premiered last night. Didn't watch that either. At least, not until today, since I taped it...More on that in a sec.

Instead of staying home and watching TV, I went over to a friends house, and...watched TV. My AOKP "younger sibling," John, and some friends of his, had decided to test the "Pink Floyd / Wizard of Oz" connection themselves, and John called me up and invited me over. It is very impressive how many different things line up between what is on the screen and the music that is played. My personal favorite was the scene (still in sepia) when the neighbor/wicked witch comes over to take Toto away, and Dorothy switches back and forth with who she's talking to in time with the big orchestra hits that are playing. If you haven't already checked this out, and you own "Wizard of Oz" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album, I highly recommend getting some friends together and checking it out. Just remember, start the CD (it has to be a CD, otherwise you'll be screwed up on the side change) right after the third lion roar. After that, we played some games, like The Totally Insane Card Game, Chrononauts, and Chez Geek. All in all, quite a fun night.

Today, before going to my new tutoring job, I decided to watch Joe Millionaire. If you're not aware of the show, here's the premise. 20 women are competing over a guy who, two years ago, inherited $50 million dollars. At least, that's what the women think. Turns out, he's actually a construction worker who makes $19,000 a year and has never inherited squat. The best part of the show was near the beginning, when they show Evan (the guy) learning enough about high society to be able to fool the women into thinking he belongs there. Intercut with scenes of him learning to dance, and which utensils to use, and other such skills, is bits of him being quizzed on what wine goes with what dish.

"Chicken?"
"Red."
"Salmon?"
"Red."
"What's salmon?"
"It's a fish, but I thought...Okay. White."
"Steak?"
"Red."
"Good. Foie Gras?"
"What's that?"

I'm probably going to keep watching the show to see where it goes, and to find out how far into the process the truth is revealed to the women. I'm somewhat surprised that none of them has questioned it yet. First, without a twist of some sort, it's just a Bachelor ripoff. Second, the guy's not that great a liar. The show's producers for some reason decided to have him use his last name as his middle name (I guess Evan Wallace sounds more high class...). So, when one of the women asked him, "What's your middle name?" he froze like a deer in headlights. Eventually, he came up with a story about being embarrassed by his middle name ("Elder" is what he decided on.), but man did it seem obvious to me that he was covering something up...

Anyone else watch it and have similar thoughts? Or am I alone in my lowest common denominator entertainment?

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: ideaspace
2003-01-08 02:31 am (UTC)
Try watching Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" while listening to "Wish You Were Here." You'll be amazed at how the human mind creates connexions out of anything. We also used to synch up Monty Python sketch audio to my old quiz show appearances. The spooky is all around us.

Anyway, my real point is that I haven't watched Joe Millionaire at all, but another friend of mine suggests that the fellow would make a good Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-01-08 11:06 am (UTC)

Evan Wallace is...Batman!

He'd have to be Year Minus Five Batman, when he's still learning everything, because as I said in my entry, the guy can't lie worth a damn. Something tells me that telling small fibs convincingly would be important for the Dark Knight...

"Where were you last night, Bruce?"
"Ummm...Well, see, I was...uh...at the movies! Yeah."
"What'd you see?"
"Uh...I don't remember. It wasn't that good."

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: tommyomega
2003-01-23 04:43 am (UTC)

love tha show!

sorry late response. I love this show. He may not be able to lie very well, but it's obvious that the thought of $50 million covers it up very well. When you've got women who have experience riding horses saying he's a very good rider, or saying he's a good dancer (when it was painfully obvious he isn't)... that shows something.

Love could make you blind. But a blizzard of cash definitely helps. The whole point of the show is will the one he picks love him for him, or for the cash they think he has.

Now if that same woman dumps him for the simple reason of deception, I'll be okay with that. Sure, it may seem unfair--on national television being portrayed as a gold-digger (as some of them obviously are) but listen to his reasons why he's doing the show: in his experience, as soon as a woman hears he's a construction worker making $19k, they leave.
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