June 3rd, 2003



One of the good things about having a baby is that you have the perfect excuse to sit and watch too much TV. I mean, what else can you do while you're feeding him? Not enough hands to hold a book and turn the pages, especially when the little darling decides to burp up milk all over the place. Certainly not enough hands for typing, so writing is out. And what else is there?

So, today I watched MacGyver for the first time. Two hours of it! God. What can I say? RDA looks very young, and frankly a little gay. Still, it was the eighties. Everyone looked gay in the eighties. At least he wasn't in a frilly shirt, eye liner and lip gloss.

But check this out for a story: MacGyver goes to Burma (where, oddly, everyone speaks English) where he finds a people enslaved (yet remarkably well-fed and healthy-looking) by a General reputed to have supernatural powers (false God anyone?). MacGyver teaches the locals how to fight back, kills the evil General, and frees the people from slavery. Sound familiar...?

I guess it's true, there really aren't any new ideas. Everything's a cliche. All that counts is the new spin you put on it.

Anyway, I'll be tuning in tomorrow. There's something nostalgic and comforting about MacGyver, even though I've never seen it before. It reminds me of the sort of TV I used to watch at home, with my Mum and my brother - things like Dempsy and Makepeace, Tales of the Gold Monkey, and the A-Team. Those were the days!

I can't quite put my finger on the difference between shows like that, and modern equivalents like Stargate or Alias. Perhaps they're just less sophisticated? Or perhaps the world was less sophisticated back then? Or maybe just I was!

Whatever. It's still fun. And RDA is still hot. What else do you need from daytime TV?
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