Linda G. Hill says:
Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “television.” Talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself. Enjoy!
TV is such a pervasive part of US culture that it almost seems like it is part of the family. Kurt Vonnegut wrote about The Family in his book, Farenheit 451, where The Family was in a room in each home that had a giant TV on all of the walls(if I remember correctly) where the characters on the television were like part of the family. Let’s face it, anyone who watches multiple seasons of the same TV show get to know the characters in-depth and gets to care about them. Was Vonnegut right – are they like part of our family?
It’s been awhile since Northern Exposure was on the air, but it remains one of my top 2 TV shows of all time (The Waltons is the other). I loved the setting, where it was often winter time so the environment became a regular plot line. I liked the remoteness of the setting, where nature was your next door neighbor who was always intruding into your daily activities. I loved the joining of traditional European culture with that of Native populations who live in Cicely, Alaska and the surrounding area.
All of the above set a magnificent stage for The Brick, the bar and grill which is the hub around which so much of the plots take place. The interactions of the people who inhabit Cicely is still a drug that I find hard to resist. It doesn’t matter which combination of characters are interacting, it is food for the soul. What often drives a story forward is some kind of conflict, and the perfect agent for conflict in Northern Exposure is the whiny out-of-place big city doctor that comes to town as part of a residency agreement. Way back when it was airing on TV Joel Fleishmann bugged me to no end. His whining about any and everything was just so irritating! Now when I watch it, I also see how the other characters respond to him and how he adjusts over time. Other characters likewise were irritating to me, such as Minnifield, the rich former astronaut, and Maggie, the pilot, but now are simply part of the exquisite tapestry that is Northern Exposure.
I recently read they are bringing the show back, with the same writers. I can’t wait!