Did anyone see the premiere of Wicked City last week? I was just wondering how the show went over with audiences. I have to admit that I was intrigued when the first ten seconds of the trailer came across my screen—I was a Chuck Bass fan back in the day. But the more I thought about the premise of the show (and the more of the trailer I saw about a serial killer getting his kicks on in 1980s Los Angeles) well, let’s just say it didn’t win me over. Tim Surette from tv.com said this about the show: Wicked City premiered to better ratings than I thought it would! But this is still a dead show that won’t go anywhere and is just occupying space until ABC can get to next season’s Upfronts.” I’m wondering why he thought it wouldn’t go anywhere. What did you guys think?
On a similar note, the show sparked a conversation in my writing classroom about the increased violence in today’s TV shows, movies, and video games. Some of my students said that we are inundated with “bad” or evil everywhere we turn—even by just turning on the nightly news. Some of them stated they found the trailer and/or idea of the show disturbing, while others said, “It’s just TV. Besides there’s a huge fan base for dark shows and horror films.” They brought up Wes Cravens, The Walking Dead, and even Stephen King, which reminded me of an essay he wrote titled “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” In that essay he said: “The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized . . . and it all happens, fittingly enough, in the dark.” Of course, King’s being speculative here, but I get it. And I understand and appreciate the creativity underneath it all—creating a fascinating world with authentic characters. I am Stephen King fan, though admittedly I’m a little on the skittish side.
I’m not sure why we started talking about this topic in my class, maybe because it was right around Halloween. I’d love to hear from you guys, especially those who watched the show last week.