May 6th, 2008

stained glass

The other side of the coin

Having blogged about my favorite new comedy, I feel I should mention another new favorite—New Amsterdam. Unfortunately, it looks like it might get canceled, but I really like some things about this show. It's the first show I can remember that really addresses the pain of immortality—of outliving the people you love.

I lost a brother already. I can't imagine what it would be like to outlive a child. The protagonist of New Amsterdam has outlived dozens of children and grandchildren. His dog is named 36! That's a lot of grief. The writers (and the actor) have done a good job making the character realistically optimistic. He'd have to be, to keep going day after day, year after year, century after century.

If freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, then immortality is just another name for loneliness.

I hope they don't cancel this show! It might be speculative fiction, but it's a hell of a lot better than so-called reality-TV.
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