Warning: This is pure rant. Read at your own risk!
I have been binging on White Collar lately (and before that, Person of Interest. And soon, Burn Notice) and I am really hooked. The subplots are equally entertaining as the main storyline. Each episode feels as important as the next. I can’t even recall any episode that felt like it was a filler. Yes, I just love watching has-been TV shows as compared to checking out what’s trending. I am just a sucker for good old shows that are actually popular because they are that good, not because everyone else is into it.
In the world of Game of Thrones and Black Mirror, be the detective show no one else is talking about!
Binging on old tv shows is not entirely due to my affinity to deviate. I don’t watch such shows just so I can stand out from the rest. I don’t enjoy such series for everyone to label me a non-conformist. On the contrary, I watch shows like those because I honestly like them. I care for characters I might actually meet in real life. To hell with warriors and their bigass swords and bulging muscles. I am good with characters on their phones, using the internet, and riding taxi cabs. A touch of realism gives me more reason to empathize with their characters – their drive.
This makes me wonder, why the fuck can’t our local tv achieve such craft?! I am a heavy advocate of our entertainment industry, having worked for one. But I am dismayed at the fact that despite our very talented writers and directors, only a handful films and tv shows really stood out from the proverbial crowd. And it’s never because the networks don’t have the budget. They do! It’s because of the viewers. We, the audience, dictate the trend. We break and make the industry. Kantar Media held a survey last 2014 about the viewing habits of the Filipinos (see When In Manila article) and it showed that in the third quarter of that year, almost half (40%) of the respondents are into watching local game shows and soap operas. This is an indicator for network companies that the need is there. That there is a thriving market for local cheap creative output. It’s all about the money.
This is why I treat some local films and tv shows as if they are cancer. Because I know they could do better. They are just to fucking greedy to try.