posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 03:05 PM
This is one reason I think Breaking Bad was so popular. It wasn't exactly 100% realistic, but it was certainly more real than the campy sitcoms of the
80's and 90's.
Is it just me, or do "laugh tracks" seem very....dated and annoying? I find it almost painful to watch ABC/CBS/NBC comedies these days. The jokes are
so over the top, the acting is so ... obvious acting.
I NEVER found "The Office" funny. Why? Well, there is no way that the "shenanigans" they pull would EVER be allowed in a real office. Hell, I've seen
funnier things in real offices before that weren't as over the top.
I think the "refrigerator sign wars" we had once was hilarious. It all started with a sign in the freezer saying, "Really, you steal MY ice?!" Pretty
soon that escalated into people taping up memes, insults and jokes. It got intense pretty quick.
For me, good shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead are good because they have good actors playing roles that "fit" them -- with natural
dialogue that doesn't feel forced. I suppose it's a lot like cooking. If you start with the very best ingredients, you don't have to doctor anything
up -- the flavors stand on their own.
I made some fresh salmon this past weekend. A friend of mine caught a nice silver and gave me a filet -- fresh right out of the river and never
frozen. I cut down some basil from my areogarden and made my own pesto. I then chopped down some mint, dill and thyme from my garden as well. I mixed
that in with a stick of butter and wrapped it in wax paper and put it in the freezer. I cut up some baby red potatoes, tossed them in olive
oil/salt/fresh ground pepper and put the salmon on the top. I spread the fresh pesto on the salmon and baked it covered for I dunno, until you could
see the fat starting to bubble up out of the fish. I then melted my herb butter over the top and served.
It was quite possibly the best salmon we've had in a LONG time. Our friends thought I was some kind of miracle worker. The lesson (and the reason I
wrote all that) is that sometimes simple is good. Let the ingredients shine, and don't muck everything up with over production and extra, unnecessary
crap. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad's writers seemed to get that.
edit on 15-10-2013 by MystikMushroom because: (no reason given)