I watch a lot of TV. For about a year now I’ve had a TIVO on my Direct TV and let me tell you, it’s evil. It used to be, when you watched TV I watched the shows I wanted to watch and then did other things. If two shows were on at the same time I had to choose. No longer. Now, thanks to the modern age I can watch two shows that are on at the same time. I can also record shows when I’m not home. The result of this is that if I sit down to watch TV I can watch for 12 hours straight.
One of the shows I currently enjoy is House – the story of a super smart doctor that’s a real jerk to everybody. It’s better than it sounds. So I sat down to watch last week’s episode of House, and as we neared the end I noticed something. At the end of the episode there was a touching moment between Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Cameron (Jennifer Morrison). This moment was filmed as a collection of scenes with the only sound being “Into Dust” by Mazzy Star. I believe, there was only one line of dialogue during the song. This musical interlude isn’t exactly a new concept, but it’s overuse is getting annoying. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it in House at all, except that last season Lost ended half it’s episodes with a nice song. Now I’m noticing it in House, Bones and who knows how many more shows. I think it’s annoying. It’s a cop out. What, they couldn’t write for a whole 60 minutes, we have to take 5 of it up playing something by John Mayer or the Rolling Stones. Is this just outright product placement or what?
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