If Only "Lost" Were Set In....
...San Francisco. tonight's tragic death could have been avoided. Yes. That's right. On an island surrounded by genetically engineered sharks and chockabloc with wild boar, polar bears and piles of heroin the big Sweeps Event Death was caused by Senseless Handgun Violence. While I would like to be moved by the accidental shooting that robbed us of Shannon's sunny presence, I can't help but feel the show took a sharp left turn into Afterschool Special territory with this one.
But really, that's not a problem. It's to be expected. Television writers seem to be part of a cycle, much like deciduous trees. They start out freshly budding, wanting to entertain and get attention. Once the audience reaches critical mass the writers feel the itch of the bully pulpit. So you get the inevitable shows that preach against the trendy villains of the time. In the 80s it was cocaine abuse, alcoholism, and sexual harrassment. Since about the mid- to late 90's it's been homophobia and guns. You know what I mean. The episodes of ER where someone is wheeled in with a GSW--STAT! The various docs all coo mournfully over this latest Victim Of Senseless Tragedy. Oh look! He's only a teenager! Oh, my! She's pregnant with twins and her husband shot her when she came home early and he mistook her for a rabid racoon! The tears flow and the speechifying starts.
It's irritating. Especially since they don't show the woman who would've been raped if she didn't have the Colt in her handbag.
Or the woman who still has her 18-month old son since she was able to scare off her carjackers with a Glock. Or any of the other 2.5 million times each year that guns protect the lives and property of their owners.
There was no speecifying on tonight's Lost, so that was a minor relief. Yet the point was still the same. Guns=BAD!!!! Unless, of course, you weren't a big fan of Shannon's.