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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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May. 7th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
It sounds and looks good!

I really don't understand this 'slash & burn' attitude among TV execs. Seems so short-sighted.
May. 7th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's a matter of wanting immediate revenue but it does seem unrealistic-- like only wanting to publish best sellers.
May. 7th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
One reason I've never owned a pet is because I never wanted to deliberately enter a relationship knowing that I would inevitably have to mourn. We marry or enter long-term relationships with the illusion that we will die simultaneously. (Irene and I have often joked that we hope we'll go together during a plane crash on one of our trips, so neither of us would have to live on without the other.) We choose to have children, but we do so with the illusion that we will outlive them. If I were to be made immortal, who knows what I would do? I might freeze, and never open myself up again.
May. 7th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Sharon said the other day in a critique "There are no "happy lives. Living means loss." It's true. If you really don't want to worry about the pet dying, you could get a parrot. They live for decades. Losing a pet is sad but nowhere near the same as losing a person you love. And you miss out on a lot. Animals can teach us things.
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