Let’s make mediocrity

March 21, 2005

IMDB has a trailer up for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I can’t wait to see how they fuck this one up, especially since Adams died before it was created. Then again, the original hhg2g movie sucked and was made while he was alive, so I don’t know. What I do know is that the book was great, the radio series was cool, and I fail to see how Adams would have wanted his book, which appealed to so many people from so many places, summed up into an abbreviated 2 hour story filled with horrible computer generation.

The Office. I saw a commercial for our bastardized American version a few days ago and laughed. I’ve already made a post about this sort of thing, but I don’t mind bitching some more.

I wish I was laughing because it looked hilarious, but that’s not the case. I laughed because it looked horrible and because they’re taking a classic TV show and they’re converting it into another cheap, watered down moneymaker. They appear to be replicating the entire thing—joke for joke—but making it “American,” i.e., bad.

The Office is a show that can’t be duplicated and it’s a show that definitely cannot be converted into another American sitcom without the humor being completely torn from its chest. What could possibly be the point? They’re using different accents and different actors who are probably incapable of recreating those awkward moments from the original Office, the awkward moments that made it one of the greatest shows ever made. Who could live up to Ricky Gervais when it comes to making you shift in your seat in embarrassment? Steve Carell isn’t made for that kind of comedy. He’s made for Daily Show comedy. I suppose what I’m saying is, god forbid we air something from another culture on our very own networks.

Maybe it’s all for the best, though. You can’t honestly expect the average citizen of xenophobic America to enjoy the UK version of The Office when they probably can’t find the UK on a fucking map.

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