Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Pop Kulture Korner
So, I am a nerd. I know some of you might find this shocking, but I assure you it's quite true. And as a nerd, I like nerd things. In fact, I love the quintessential Nerd Thing, Star Trek. I also like trivia, and I retain a frustrating amount with brains cells that could otherwise be put to good use curing cancer or something. Mix the two together and I am a nerd who has seen every Star Trek movie staring the original crew, and remembers that the whales in Star Trek IV were named George and Gracie.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, I am that kind of nerd.
So I heard that this show, The Big Bang Theory, is liberally peppered with Star Trek references. And last night while I was waiting for Futurama to come on, I saw that there was an episode of The Big Bang Theory involving something called "rock, paper scissors, lizard, Spock" so I decided to watch.
Now this show is an American sit com, which means that it has a laugh track. This makes my ears cry. My roommate entered the living room and asked me what I was watching, then told me it sounded like Seinfeld. I agreed, "yeah it's very 90s".
Here's the thing, the content of the show was actually okay. Like, I would maybe watch more episodes. Except for the laugh track, I just can't deal. So I probably won't be watching it again. And I can't be the only one, right? Sure Arrested Development was popular because of its brilliant, hilarious writing and acting but I think people also appreciated the absence of a laugh track.
At best, a laugh track is neutral and acts as background noise. At worse, people stop watching the show because it's annoying. Plus it encourages lazy writing since there's a forced pause after every joke and a cue to for viewers to laugh. So my question is, why are laugh tracks still used?
Posted by auritus at 9:31 PM