Posted: Apr 22, 2010 12:33 pm
I gotta say, after the subtle writing on the Wire, I'm kind of surprised by how overtly pedantic this show is shaping up to be. I'd hoped Goodman's rant on the levy in episode 1 was just excitable writers going overboard for a sec, but then the second episode, with the kids from Wisconsin being so cartoonish, and the comically heavy sighing and eye-rolling from the street musician guy about them never having heard about the 9th ward before and saints being extra and all that shit... bummed me out a little.
I guess one could make the argument that the writers are trying to point a finger at the idea of "convert's zeal," and how often, the most vocal defenders/ambassadors of a thing are outsiders who've adopted that thing and for some reason develop a misplaced sense of ownership about that thing, and do good by it despite not being the very thing they so desperately crave, i.e. an authentic part of that thing. But really it just seems like lazy writing.