Thursday, October 20, 2005

What Greeks do to reality shows

Greece currently has a version of Big Brother going called Big Mother (for some reason when someone says mother like that I can't help but think of a certain, um, "suffix" that might be implied when you call someone a "mother") that puts a bunch of mothers (see?) with their kids in a house and films them 24/7. There is actually a channel on the satellite that has a live feed 23 hours a day, which is a bit of overkill if you ask me but whatever. Obviously they have the channel space (might be a good time to bring in Comedy Central, eh?).

Now, I thought the Big Brother franchise had died in America, but apparently I am wrong. I am still wondering how the world can support so many damn reality shows, but I guess it can. Big Mother is an interesting concept, I suppose, considering how formidable Greek mothers can be. I am sure, though, if I watched it and actually listened to what the people were saying I would be bored out of my mind. But if you watch it with no sound and make up what the people are saying it can be loads of fun. Sort of a postmodern, pre-apocalyptic Mystery Science Theater 3k.

Still, most of the mothers on the show hardly seem like mothers. They all seemed to have given birth at a young age and are trying to appear to be 20-somethings themselves. Most of the time they sit around lounging on the couches, smoking cigarettes and trying to look cool. Mothers and children alike have bad posture, spend all day smoking, and wear sunglasses in the house. The latter seems to be typical of most reality shows, I wonder if it is a subconscious attempt to "avoid" the cameras.

Granted, I am making my observations based on about 30 minutes of observing the show, but I have a gut feeling I could turn it on any time and witness the same behavior. While I can almost understand the reality shows that have people doing things (Survivor, Fame Story) I am not sure I see the value in a show that basically shows people sitting around and talking. I wonder if people actually watch the show on a regular basis, and really get into it. It seems a soap opera would be better entertainment.

Still, you can't help but wonder which mother (plucker?) will be left in the end.


Eff said...

Oh, I miss MT3k a bit. Gamera song is a classic.

Cynthia Rae said...

Big brother is alive and well in America! Here in Italy we have "Grande Fratello". It was boring enough in English, try it in Italian!


melusina said...

Lol, I can't imagine. But like I said, if you make up what they are saying, it can be quite a laugh.