There is always something to complain about on TV. Whether it’s cheesy romance, unrealistic action or just plain stupidity, it’s good to get it out of the system. As a fan of TV and someone intelligent enough to spot out everything stupid, I feel obliged to inform my readers.
Today I pose a question: what is your biggest pet peeve on TV?
Maybe you don’t know the answer to this question yet and so you need to think about it. If you love TV as much as I do you might be glad to know that deciding what you don’t like about TV and complaining about it has the potential to reach abroad and effect television in the future forever. What do I mean by this?
I mean that if you can spot a trope that is so stupid and complain about it enough, say on a YouTube video or a blog of your own, it can catch on and other people might start complaining about it too. If enough of this happens there’s a good chance that someone in the power to fix this stupid trope in TV may agree with you and eventually your actions result in a real change. Isn’t that cool?
This works even better if you write into the television station and get your family to write in too. TV is my passion and I want to see it grow and prosper, and so while some people write to politicians complaining about oil spills I complain about stupid tropes and why they should be replaced with sensible solutions and I can’t begin to comprehend the effect my complaining has had on TV over the years.
Perhaps you do know what your pet peeve is. Maybe you’re tired of seeing dirty clothes on medieval peasants or slick leather suits on action girls who know how to fight like I am. Why can’t a girl who knows how to fight dress like any other girl? Why do they always have to wear black leather? Faugh, good question!
So think about this and share your pet peeve in the comments below. Together with our complaining powers we may be able to do something about it!
Lately I’ve been finding myself watching old black and white films from the forties, not because the cinematography is way better, but because overall everything is a lot more realistic than the sappy shows on Netflix nowadays.
Realism seems to be a lost quality in TV and movies today, as Hollywood tries to satisfy all the stupid tropes that young people love so much. Classic tropes have always been somewhat unrealistic, even in ancient Roman literature, like committing suicide to avoid capture EVERY SINGLE TIME for instance, but with that said I can’t deny that tropes today are getting even more ridiculous, like Vikings wearing eye-shadow for example. At least committing suicide to avoid capture is practical.
Some recent examples of unrealistic nuisances in today’s television:
Knights stabbing through each other’s armor as if the armor was made out of paper.
Shootouts being so cheesy that bullets never hit and heroes can run through bullet-storms while extra bad guys die instantly from a wound to the arm.
Romance being so drawn out and exaggerated that people fall in love within days of meeting each other.
People in space with zero gravity having hair that doesn’t blow around like it should.
Medieval kings doing petty work themselves and not having hundreds of officials throughout the realm doing it for them.
Cars doing flips through the air and spiraling after crashing into each other.
If I didn’t want to rip out my brain I would try to think of more. To save myself some time I’ll share this YouTube video that explains some pretty stupid unrealistic tropes so common on TV and in Hollywood: Lindybeige Fire Arrows
I love YouTubers and other outlets that try to debunk a lot of the silly things you see commonly in entertainment, because people who are too lazy to the research themselves will sometimes take the untruths as reality and then spread these misconceptions even further.
If you know of any other annoying unrealistic things you see in movies and TV, feel free to complain in the comments below and we’ll complain alongside you!