Friday, October 26, 2007

Pop culture mysteries from the past 24 hours:

1) Why does each vocalist--male or female--featured on the soundtrack to any given episode of Grey's Anatomy sound like Dave Matthews with an estrogen patch?

2) How many of Satan's loads did Dane Cook have to swallow before he got booked into Seattle's massive Key Arena for his upcoming show?

3) Aaron Sorkin is one of the most astute writers in any medium, so why did no one associated with the marketing of his new play, The Farnsworth Invention, kill the um-yeah-no-shit tag line featured in its ads, "The turning point of the 20th century wasn't on television. It was television."?

4) Might we all agree that Carrie Fisher's guest star appearance last night on Tina Fey's wickedly brilliant 30 Rock indicates the possibility of a wise and loving God or universe? (This isn't a "mystery" so much as a question underscoring the potential commonality of all sentient beings.)


Eric Spitznagel said...

1) Probably because Grey's Anatomy is the emotionally retarded stepchild of St. Elsewhere. The soundtrack, like the drama, has to go down like pudding. Sweet, unchallenging pudding.

2) Remarkably, just one. Dane sucks a mean devil cock.

3) This is just a guess, but perhaps it's because this is the same marketing team that thought it could lure viewers to Grey's Anatomy by nicknaming one of the actors "McDreamy."

4) Agreed. If one needs further proof of divinity, I don't know what it could be. Unless it's Alec Baldwin saying, in the very same episode, "Never follow a hippie to a second location." God bless Tina Fey.

Litsa Dremousis: said...

It would be unforgivably hypocritical of me not to mention that I loved the first two seasons of "Grey's Anatomy". Sure it was soapy, but in a self-aware and genuinely witty vein.

Now it's just a bunch of scrub-doffing individuals rubbing against each other on any clean flat surface. That and there's random severed body parts. (I know it's a hospital and that previous seasons had severed limbs, et al, but there would be a genuine plot point necessitating the severing. Now it's just, "Hey, I'm going to cut off my foot despite the fact I lack any discernible and recognizably human motivation. Yippee!")

And Tina Fey's continued success makes me believe that, as a species, sometimes we actually recognize a good thing when we see it.