The good, bad& the silly

> There are TV shows that get us talk­ing with an­tic­i­pa­tion and oth­ers that just get on our nerves

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE - S. IN­DRA SATHIABALAN

WHEN sea­son six of HBO’s Game of Thrones was be­ing aired, I was part of a group chat that would dis­cuss each episode af­ter its prime­time air­ing ev­ery Mon­day.

Stuff like “That bas­tard must die”, “Hodor means hold the door?”, “Tom­men jumped!!!” and “Jon Snow lives!” went back and forth be­tween a small group of de­voted fans who had one thing in com­mon – the myth­i­cal world of Wes­teros.

There are very few series that could match what Game of Thrones has, but I would say that HBO’s cur­rent hot ticket West­world, with its con­stant sur­prises, comes close.

Who is a host (an an­droid) and who is not is one of the con­stant ques­tions view­ers keep ask­ing each time they tune in.

Whether find­ing out that Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), the head of the West­world pro­gram­ming divi­sion and creator of ar­ti­fi­cial peo­ple, is a host him­self, or watch­ing An­thony Hop­kins and Ed Har­ris de­liver sub­tle yet ef­fec­tive per­for­mances as ruth­less men who will stop at noth­ing to get what they want, we sit through it all en­tranced.

The problem is, both series take a very long time to pro­duce. Game of Thrones’ sea­son seven is only sched­uled to air in July 2017, while West­world, which was re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son, will (ac­cord­ing to re­ports) prob­a­bly only re­turn in 2018.

That is a long wait, but for fans it will be worth it.

Too bad the same can­not be said for some other shows.

The sea­son seven pre­miere of The Walk­ing Dead got peo­ple chat­ting ini­tially, but things have started to die down (pun in­tended) as more and more fan favourites are snuffed out.

It is rare in­deed nowa­days to find TV shows that spark a high level of in­ter­est.

There was a time when re­al­ity shows such as Amer­i­can Idol, The Amaz­ing Race (US ver­sion), Sur­vivor and MasterChef (Aus­tralia and US) got every­one talk­ing.

Some­how, we don’t talk about Asian pro­duc­tions such as The Amaz­ing Race Asia (now into its fifth sea­son) or the for­get­table MasterChef Asia (no sign of sea­son two) or Asia’s Got Ta­lent with that same fer­vour.

Most of the time, we do have fun trash­ing the es­pe­cially bad shows. Take Quan­tico for ex­am­ple. Af­ter all the schem­ing and back­stab­bing she faced in sea­son one, it’s hard to be­lieve that Alex Par­rish (Priyanka Cho­pra) is will­ing to go through even more of the same with the CIA in sea­son two. That girl sure likes to get into trou­ble.

I know MacGyver (Lu­cas Till) is smart but in one episode, he is seen us­ing a wind­screen wiper pump to draw out blood from a man’s lungs – that’s re­ally over top, not to men­tion un­san­i­tary!

Then again, there is a lot about the new MacGyver show that is un­ap­peal­ing.

Also, how come on Em­pire sea­son three, Kitty (guest star Mariah Carey) is seen wear­ing skimpy clothes in a stu­dio while record­ing a love duet with a gay Ja­mal (Jussie Smol­lett)?

But then, this is Mariah Carey, and she ap­par­ently dresses like this all the time.

There is more non­sense on TV out there, which makes for great din­ner con­ver­sa­tions.

While shows like

West­world (left) or Game of Thrones (above) have kept fans’ at­ten­tion riv­eted on the small screen, there are oth­ers which turn fans, and the TV, off like (top, from left) Quan­tico, MacGyver and Em­pire.

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