Everybody is talking about the end of LOST this week. I saw it, it was okay. Probably the best way they had left to end it, but pretty much what I thought would happen from about episode two, and exactly what I thought the final image would be.
24 is also ending under the weight of it’s own actor’s salaries. Shows like this always cannabalize their own profits in the end and leave themselves unable to compete with other newer shows featuring relative unknowns who don’t need their cocks bathed in Cristal at the end of shooting every scene. (I don’t actually know that about Keifer Sutherland, it’s just a… whaddayacall… rumor.) I hear they’re already planning a trio of big screen theatrical releases called 1½: The Long Take, 1½ II: Do You Remember When This Shit Was Free?, and 1½ III: We Couldn’t Decide On A Cool Title So We Made It In 3D Instead.
As the World Turns is also going off the air after 54 years… but it’s going off because no one cares about it so this isn’t really news. Ditto for Guiding Light, 57.
ABC decided after two episodes to cancel Happy Town, which I was already digging a lot. Lena and I had watched the season of V and felt like we’d been more than fair, but it just wasn’t grabbing us. Looking for a replacement on the DVR we checked out Happy Town and were immediately intrigued. Almost as immediately I read that ACB had cancelled it… in order to keep V.
Everybody already knows about The Jay Leno Show getting canned, but it made me happy so I thought I’d repeat it. (Because it was cheaper to run a scripted show than have Leno stand there and blather. LOL!) Jay Leno, cancelled.
Nip/Tuck is off the air forever. I haven’t told Lena yet because she’s in love with Julian McMahon. That’s why I had to watch Charmed. I have nothing personal against the guy, but I’d like to punch him just on principle.
Not that any of this matters. This blog is about the BP oil spill. (Yes, I’m blaming them.) While I’m all for decimating the environment until the air catches fire, no one can produce food and our babies are born inside out, you gotta admit that BP has really pulled a serious boner here. Either they are responsible, or they are responsible for creating a situation where no one is responsible. The only reason he isn’t already in jail is because (BP CEO) Tony Hayward turned into black smoke at his Senate hearing and promised to explain everything if the Senators would just do one more thing for him… like continue to push for increased levels of offshore drilling, which they, and Obama, have been happy to do.
See, Tony isn’t allowed to kill us all himself. He has to get someone else to do it for him.
There are something on the order of 3,400 more oil rigs in the Gulf, and given that just this one carries the potential to wipe out the fishing industry of four states, I think we should at least find out which of them are being inspected for safety by Halliburton — as this one was the day before it blew up. Experts have stated that it would have been impossible for the inspectors not to have seen the many very serious problems that would have led up to this catastrophic event, but that it is commonplace for problems that would result in the rig being shut down for repairs to be “overlooked”. It’s kinda like if you left a bomb on a submarine knowing that you were gonna be somewhere else when it went off, so who cares who it actually killed? For the record, it killed eleven people… none of whom were candidates for derrick manager as far as I know.
The number of mercilessly callous actions taken by BP both leading up to and after this event are not only heart wrenching, but also enough in number to make this a much longer blog than anyone would care to read… especially if I keep up with the LOST references. Trying to prevent the surviving workers from receiving medical compensation, the fact that they have always had an option to destroy the rig and stop the leak from day one, claiming that the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf was ecologically insignificant because there was so much more water than oil, deliberately choosing more toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic (but already paid for) dispersants over those better designed to break up and become inert… it goes on and on, and it’s made all the more sad by the fact that no amount of domestic drilling will lower the amount America pays for gas at all. The market isn’t constructed that way.
BP has already received insurance money for the accident. Eight billion the first week. And the only thing keeping them from washing their hands and walking away… is the will of politicians already on their payroll.
Unless somebody stabs BP and throws them off a cliff.