Archive for July, 2010

I’ve been watching the TV Show White Collar, now in it’s second season, although I’m making my way through Season 1. I don’t know if I’ll make it.

The Pilot was promising-ish, and that was as good as it got. I’m midway through Season 1 and thinking of calling time on it.

It’s by no means the worst TV show I’ve seen recently, that honor goes to FlashForward (now mercifully put to sleep).

The problem with White Collar is that I don’t know what I’m watching. It’s not Action, It’s relatively undramatic, the comedy is pretty subdued. It seems to be a show that wants us to sit there and be constantly impressed by Neal Caffrey (Matthew Bomer).

We get it, the girls can’t resist him and he can smooth talk himself into or out of any situation.
But that all get’s old kind of fast if it’s all the show has to offer.

There’s an attempt to create a story arc about Neal searching for his ex girlfriend (Kate) but I was bored of that by the end of the pilot and it has rapidly gotten annoying. The simple fact is that I don’t care AT ALL whether Neal gets his girlfriend back. This isn’t Adrian Monk trying to solve the murder of his Wife. Every episode beats us over the head with the notion that Neal can have any woman that he wants, so it’s kind of hard to get engaged with a ridiculous story line about Morse Code, Treasure maps and X marks the spot leading back to the woman of his dreams.

White Collar also has Tiffani Thiessen, never a good thing for a TV show to have. I just don’t understand why she’s in the show. Virtually every scene she’s in feels like it was written as a favour to her. She ads nothing at all to the show.

Her husband, Peter Burke (Tom DeKay) is the FBI Agent that into whose custody Caffrey has been released. The whole point of the show is the contrast between the freewheeling Caffrey and the straight laced Burke. Caffrey is a ladies man and Burke …. isn’t.

But Burke is married to Tiffany Thiessen, who is clearly supposed to be hot. I don’t know. It all feels like Tiffany helped out a casting agent at some point, perhaps changed a tyre, perhaps administered a well timed Heimlich Maneuver in an LA restaurant, and this roll is her payback. She ads nothing to the show.

Again we pointless story lines about these two. From trying to find gifts for each other, to pretending they like the gifts, it’s all very unnecessary and boring.

Having watched one episode this evening I then watched an episode of Dexter and the shift in quality was frightening. Yes, White Collar is light weight pop tv. Yes, it’s not supposed to be competing with Dexter. Yes it’s an unfair comparison.

I’ll stick with White Collar for a few more episodes but I suspect that will only make things worse.

Ireland is out of Recession

Posted: July 4, 2010 in Finance, politics

Soooo. Ireland has emerged from Reccession. Fan bloody tastic. The FF’ers must be pissing themselves with excitement.

Of course if you are stupid enough to believe that the collapse of the Irish economy was just something that “happened”. If you are stupid enough to believe that mad FF policies had nothing to do with it, then you might just be stupid enough to believe that FF have solved our economic woes and everything is going to be grand from now on.

But wait. Hang on. Why are there more people unemployed now then there were last month, you know…back in the days of the recession?

Could it be there’s more to this story than the FF’ers would have you believe?

If FF threw you from the roof of the Dail, would you be happy when they walked over to your bloodied body lying in the car park proclaiming “See, you’ve stopped falling, you’ve turned a corner.”

Of course FF wouldn’t leave it there. They’d dwell on the fact that they built the car park that halted your decline, and gloss over the fact that car park or not you were eventually going to stop falling.

Recovery is not about halting a decline. The all too resistible force force called gravity, and the immovable object called ground will always conspire to halt a fall. Recovery is about getting back to healthy.

To labour the falling man analogy a little more, when the ground stops you falling it doesn’t stop your health declining. If your injuries aren’t treated properly and if you don’t do the right things you can actually find yourself injured beyond repair and living out a miserable existence.

Ireland’s Unemployement continues to grow despite the fact that thousands have left the country. Less people working supporting more and more people not working.

The full and final scale of losses from Anglo, Nama and the rest has not been totaled up and added to our national debt yet.

The full and final scale of losses from running a massive deficit has not been totaled up and added to our national debt yet.

It’s great news that some multinationals are growing their profits and that statistically Ireland is out of recession. But if anyone tells you that we’ve turned a corner they are lying.