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People Are All Kinds of Dumb #1…

Bird Box is a new Sandra Bullock movie, distributed by Netflix which you can find on the streaming platform right now. It’s an enjoyable take on the end of the world zombie trope that has been passé for longer than I have been around to document it.

In the film, people are forced to live out their days blind, as death comes to all those who see the virus or the thing that has arrived to destroy the species. Spoiler… there never is an explanation as to what it is, or why it’s here, but you know, that’s a minor plot quibble.

So it was, of course, only a matter of time before some bright spark landed on the idea of the Bird Box Challenge – a stupendously silly and irresponsible idea, where the object is to film yourself performing everyday tasks while blindfolded. It’s mostly harmless stuff like walking around the house and banging into your sofa, but then there are people driving cars or walking on top of buildings to balance things out at the crazy end of the scale.

Netflix even had to take to Twitter on the second day of 2019:

Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.

I can’t believe they had to say it either.

Fortunately there have been no recorded deaths as a result of this idiocy, but it’s only a matter of time. On second thoughts, I say fortunately, but perhaps these are exactly the kind of people the world could do with culling.

Natural selection and all that.

Tuesday TV Testimonials #23…

Everyboody Loves Raymond (1996 – 2005)

everybody-loves-raymond-zoom-f2a92f5a-90e8-493f-b8bb-b6d946f31cecThe traditional family sitcom is not as popular nowadays as it once was. A large part of the reason for that is the decline in network television audiences, and the subsequent rise of entertainment through channels such as YouTube and Netflix. Everybody Loves Raymond is not an old show by any means, but it does represent the most recent mainstream sitcom that I really enjoyed, and looking at the current landscape, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

The premise of Everybody Loves Raymond is a sitcom tale as old as time, and can be summed up by this one sentence, from the opening credits:

My parents live across the street… that’s right, and my brother lives with them.

…and that is the foundation for a majority of the show’s 200-plus episodes. Ray is the put-upon, somewhat lazy, and sex-starved husband; and Debra is the organised and sensible stay at home mother. They have three young children and spend their daily lives under the constant watchful eye of Ray’s parents. His older brother Robert is a quirky, giant of a police officer whose job and towering physical presence belies his discomfort around women. As the show progressed, Robert ended up with many of the best lines.

There is absolutely nothing in the show’s formulaic set-up to suggest that it should be anything other than completely forgettable, but thanks to good writing, a cheeky (but never salacious) sense of humour, and plots that don’t make the mistake of becoming too saccharine, Everybody Loves Raymond is one of the few sitcoms I never tire of watching, even though I’ve seen most of the episodes multiple times over.