Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Dr Who & the Daleks
A few weeks ago, I saw an episode of Dr Who on the SciFi Channel. In this episode was featured a version of the old The Weakest Link game show.
You may remember the show? Lean, red head, glasses, ascerbic with? It was a show that made you think--quickly. Well, on Dr Who, it was no different. Okay, well, maybe it was a little different. Anne Robertson's part was portrayed by a red-headed android and if the answer was wrong, the contestant was blasted with a laser.
Ahem, not a game I'd want to play.
The reason I bring this up is that in the past, if my favorite shows used a ploy like this (dragging a cultural icon in) it would be to boost ratings. It rarely worked. Indeed, it was often the harbinger of a series finale. The writers of Dr Who don't appear worried and they shouldn't be--this time. That episode was as fresh and innovative as all the others.
I will, however, worry when I see an android chef imitating Gordon Ramsey of Hell's Kitchen. Any contestant on that show needs a 'time machine' so they can go back and prevent themselves from the abuse which is not witty, just nasty.