Better TV VS Failing Eyesight
I recently bought a new TV. It has a screen suitable for drive-in movies. It’s as thin as a credit card. It’s HD and 3D. You can see the hairs on a mosquito’s legs. You can see inside Susan Boyle’s nostrils. But of course if you watch reruns of ‘Dad’s Army’, it looks like you’re viewing everything through a paper bag.
Meanwhile my eyesight is getting worse. I figure that as TV improves and my eyes worsen, we’ll hit an equilibrium where everything will look like it did on TV in about 1966. I can live with that.
Or at least I thought I could. But now they’ve gone and remastered all the episodes of The Avengers, and what once looked nicely blurry is now rendered into crystal-sharp focus. See the sets wobble! See the boom shadow! See every single one of the continuity errors!
But you know what? The dialogue is still so far ahead of any other fantasy-based TV show that it really doesn’t matter. Once again, it’s all about the writing. So, keep your glitzy US TV fantasy shows with their stargates and battlestars and reams of worthy dull dialogue. Give me a guy in a bowler hat and a girl in a catsuit, and have them talk smut while investigating a village where time stops.
And somebody, please, have another go at the franchise. But don’t allow the people who remade it or the new version of ‘The Prisoner’ anywhere in the building. Thank you.