Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sonshine Doesn't Know What He Wants In A TV Show

The boys watch a TV series called Rescue Heroes, predictably featuring what in Kindergarten circles are called "community helpers" doing their jobs. Sonshine complained, "How come every episode is all 'Code Red, emergency!' and people rushing around?"

I replied, "What, you'd rather watch an episode where the firemen sit around scratching their butts and polishing their helmets for half an hour?"

He said, "No! That'd be boring."

"Well then," I said, "there's your answer."

"But EVERY EPISODE is like that! 'Code Red, Code Red!' How come they don't get a Code Yellow?"

"You mean like a kid calls 911 by mistake and they have to go out and make sure it's all right? Or a kitten gets stuck in a tree? Or some guy puts a frozen turkey in his deep fryer?"

Sonshine begins pacing. "No, I wouldn't want to watch that. But it gets boring with Code Red all the time! Maybe somebody should die!"

"It's a kids' show. They're not going to show somebody dying. They don't put that in kids' shows."

"Yes they do, they show people dying in kids' shows! People die all the time! They blow up and get blood everywhere!"

"Not in kids' TV shows they don't."

"Why do they have to have Code Red all the time?"

"OK, this conversation is over."

So Sonshine went upstairs and put on Star Wars. I suppose it's comforting to know what you want in a movie, even if you don't know what you want in a TV show.