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SUCCESS! And while I'm here, a review.

GUESS WHO FINALLY HAS SHINY "ESTABLISHED MEMBER" STATUS ON THE YTDAW BOARDS??
*hightails it for the spoiler section as if fired by a slingshot*
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(*pause* And by last night, I mean back on Sunday, but if I switch from rich text to HTML to fix the cut text, it will screw everything up.)

One of these days, I should learn that this is by far the most liberal show I watch, and as such, should not be trusted to handle certain topics in any way that does not horrify me.  For example, this episode.

Cold Case - 5x02, "That Woman" 

First of all, there are some people – especially those IN HIGH SCHOOL – who choose to remain virgins for reasons that have nothing to do with God or religion.  Second of all, abstinence does not cause an excess of raging hormones to build up until the people go crazy from lack of release.  Third of all – I’m sorry, I can’t seem to get past the stupidity of the second of all.  So out of the four supposedly good kids in the Hearts Wait club, 2 of them are shagging like bunnies (and crying afterwards, apparently, like…if you’re that distraught about, why would you do it more than once in the first place?!), one of them may or may not be here as a way to repress his homosexuality, and the other one is having sex dreams about her youth minister.  (Question the First: why are you DISCUSSING THIS FACT – IN DETAIL - WITH THE PERSON IN SAID DREAMS?  Question the Second: why can’t you just accept that this your subconscious playing with the fact that you have a harmless little crush, and not indicative of something you will inevitably find yourself doing in the future unless someone stops you?  Question the Third: how did your harmless crush manifest itself into sex dreams in the first place?)

What really bothered me was the insinuation that these kids would have been fine if they’d just given in to their urges.  That’s the vibe I got from the detectives leaning in over the suspects’ shoulders in interrogation, mockingly tossing out phrases like “she came in and corrupted you!”

Even though STONING A GIRL TO DEATH was obviously not an appropriate reaction, I can’t say I blamed them for becoming a wee bit infuriated at how Promiscuous Girl (as she will henceforth be known; I have no sympathy for her supposed attempt to save her reputation if she developed that reputation before she was 16) ruined their group.  Because she kind of did, blathering on about how it wasn’t necessarily something dirty and shameful…I mean, if you’re in high school, it might as well be. I’m a firm believer in teenagers not having sex for any reason, because they are young and stupid and it’s pointless at best, dangerous at worst.  Any and all scare tactics used to hammer this point home are quite welcome; opinions to the contrary are not (see also: all health classes I had to endure).  That being said, using the Bible as justification for cold-blooded murder was both sickening and unbelievably stupid.  I had to fast-forward a few bits in there because I just couldn’t stand watching it happen.

However, the episode wins a small point back for using “Black Balloon” as the closing song.  That sent me into fits of euphoric glee – it’s one of my middle school songs!  My fall-of-8th-grade soundtrack, when I first started listening to the radio…every time I hear one of those, I am swept away with nostalgia (along with the feeling that I was JUST in 8th grade, like, yesterday.  Also, I would like to go back there; it was a good year).   

It also wins points for Kat looking annoyed and dragging her daughter away from her apparent admiration of a harlot-dressed window display model.  Isn’t that kid like 10 years old?  I may have started listening to the Spice Girls at age 11, but I was always distinctly embarrassed by their lack of proper clothing coverage. 

Lastly, I am no longer quite so interested in this Scotty-being-blamed-for-improper-shooting storyline.  I feel like this has been done one too many times, like IAD is incapable of being portrayed as anything other than the big bad guys who look at every fired bullet as a chance to destroy a detective’s career.   

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lieueitak
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
(Question the First: why are you DISCUSSING THIS FACT – IN DETAIL - WITH THE PERSON IN SAID DREAMS? Question the Second: why can’t you just accept that this your subconscious playing with the fact that you have a harmless little crush, and not indicative of something you will inevitably find yourself doing in the future unless someone stops you? Question the Third: how did your harmless crush manifest itself into sex dreams in the first place?) Well, on the first point, I can see some people doing that. If person A has a sex dream about a really close friend, they may feel the need to talk to that person about it. The same thing if it's about someone who is their spiritual guide - youth minister, priest, rabbi, etc. I don't think it's all that common, but I can see someone having a weird dream and wanting to talk about it. Especially (and this goes to question #2) if the dream really disturbs the person. If it's very detailed, if the person enjoys the dream, that can frighten some individuals. And if it IS about someone you know, then I think it can be a lot harder to write it off as subconscious garbage.

I’m a firm believer in teenagers not having sex for any reason, because they are young and stupid and it’s pointless at best, dangerous at worst. Well it's not pointless. But even if it were, most people are stupid regardless of their age, and sex will be dangerous at any time. I don't see how teenage sex is inherently worse. Or rather, let me put it this way: I don't see how you are immediately deemed mature enough at age 20. *shrugs*

As an aside, I don't know that I would say anything that you've described as really being "liberal." It just sounds like a bunch of cliches and stereotypes to me being jumbled about and thrown into a script. If anything, I would guess that this storyline may have originally been written using the Muslim faith in mind. And then realizing that would offend people, they chose to offend one of the groups of people it's still "okay" to offend: Christians.
rainbowstevie
Oct. 7th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
I should learn to stop talking. Until then,
Cold Case has a long history of being pro-[insert popular cause here: gay rights, feminism, Bush-bashing, minorities can do no wrong, outing corrupt Catholic church]. This one in particular slipped in a jab or two about the uselessness of abstinence-only sex ed.

If person A has a sex dream about a really close friend, they may feel the need to talk to that person about
*blank look* Because that's not awkward AT ALL

And if it IS about someone you know, then I think it can be a lot harder to write it off as subconscious garbage.
Well, it doesn't necessarily have to be garbage, but in this specific case, the girl was rambling on as if the thoughts were some kind of demonic possession, and if she didn't tell someone about it so they could intervene, she would be physically unable to stop herself from following through on the dreams in real life. And in general, if it's about someone with whom a romantic future is not a possibility, then I'd say it falls under the same category as a celebrity crush, and need not be further analyzed.

I don't see how you are immediately deemed mature enough at age 20. *shrugs*
The short answer is you're probably still not; I loosely define "mature enough" as "full time job (or non-school equivalent) & living in your own household." Yes, yes, there's a lot of gray area in there and don't inspect it too closely because I am probably never going to feel like my peers are old enough. But I find physical relationships in high school particularly pointless because it should be about love, and I suspect most high school students are not capable of experiencing this. And even if they are, the potential for said relationships to be longterm - much less lifelong - is very, very small. So why bother with that level of intimacy when there are so many better things to focus on, like friends and classes and activities?
lieueitak
Oct. 7th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
You keep talking so that my comments don't look ridiculous.
Even though they probably are... Gay rights? Decently liberal issue. Feminism? Not so much, I think. There may be some feminist issues that fall under "liberalism." But just the notion that women are productive members of society equal in use as men? Well, conservatives let Ann Coulter out of the house, don't they? ;-)

Bush-bashing? That's straight up NOT liberal. Well, I suppose at one point it could have been, but very few shows (or people for that matter) did. These days, it's way more common and accepted and definitely not liberal cause only 30% of the country disagree with you.

Minorities incapable of doing wrong? As a whole? That's not liberal; that's plain idiotic. And outing the corrupt Catholic Church? I don't think there are that many people, regardless of political orientation, who thought that the Catholic Church handled that properly. Molesting kids tends to piss people off, to say the least. So that makes hating kind of easy. Not to mention, some of the most horrible organizations in the United States - like the KKK - are anti-Catholic. For some people, they really didn't need another reason to hate the Church; this just made it seem more tolerable.

This one in particular slipped in a jab or two about the uselessness of abstinence-only sex ed. Well, multiple studies show that abstinence only education doesn't lower the risk of teenagers having sex; it just lowers the risk of them having sex safely (or as safely as anyone can have sex). And 82% of Americans, regardless of their political leanings, favor a comprehensive sex ed, with abstinence being only a part of the education. 70% of self-described conservatives say they support the comprehensive education, with 40% saying that they are against abstinence only.

*blank look* Because that's not awkward AT ALL Well, YEAH. That's gonna be awkward like WHOA. I'm just sayin' it's possible, lol.

the girl was rambling on as if the thoughts were some kind of demonic possession, and if she didn't tell someone about it so they could intervene, she would be physically unable to stop herself from following through on the dreams in real life. To me, that's overreacting, but at the same time... if you believe that premarital sex is some sort of evil, is it really that much of a leap for someone to say, even dreaming about it, is a sign of some sort of evil? Christians are generally taught to believe that the Devil is incredibly tempting. If a dream makes you want things that you know are wrong, you might see that as the Devil trying to influence you. Especially if you're already crazy. :-P

On the last point, I would say that around here, most people marry their high school sweethearts. Most stay with them for life, and most of these individuals have had full time jobs since they were 14. They don't have their own households at the time, but for a lot of them, they will always live with their parents - on a farm or whatever. In some ways, they are the most "together" people, just as anyone whose life has been plotted out for them is together. And they are also probably the people you'd least like to have kids... ever. ;-)

Ugh, why do I always leave the longest comments ever? :-( Sorry.

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