I meant to write this post about 6 months ago, but I didn’t have a blog at the time. I was perusing the Fall TV schedule when I noticed that the show NUMB3RS is coming back. Last Spring this show was a mid-season replacement. It’s about a detective who enlists the help of his Rainman-like brother to solve crimes with math. Based on that premise, I never watched even a second of the show. I hated math! I chose my career based on the complete lack of math needed. Who in their right mind is going to watch a show about math?!!? What’s next, CSI:Trigonometry? Is there homework at the end of the show? Television should not make my brain hurt. If I wanted to be smarter, I’d study. Solving crimes with math! I’d like to see someone try that crap in real life. Let’s see math-boy stop a hail of gunfire with calculus. Someone at the network must be sleeping with a really hot math teacher in order for this idea to even leave the drawing board. I mean, your brain has to be seriously impaired by sex for anyone to think this was a good idea. The scariest part is that if this type of idea is successful, there will be copycat shows. Before you know it we’ll be watching things like Poetry Party and The Physics Family. The worst part is that the commercials for this show are on in prime-time, and some poor impressionable child exposed to this mayhem will spend the rest of his life thinking that stuff you learn in school is useful in real life.
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