Weekend Confirmed 148 - Disney Infinity, Path of Exile, CES 2013, video game legislation

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 18, 2013 11:00am PST

On this week's episode of Weekend Confirmed, hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are joined by "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Machinima's Andrea Rene. This time out, everyone heads up a segment of the show. Andrea kicks things off with some Disney Infinity discussion, Garnett talks about CES 2013 and the magic of 4K televisions, Mattas starts a chat about the recent legislative action surrounding video game violence, and Cannata shares some positive impressions about the Path of Exile closed beta. Finishing Moves puts a bow on it all, and is followed by another playoff edition of the post-show NFL TailGate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 148: 1/18/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:34 - 00:28:37

    Whatcha' Been Playin Part 1 - 00:29:58 - 00:59:30

    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 01:00:11 - 01:30:18

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News - 01:30:56 - 02:04:03

    Tailgate: 02:04:47 – 02:12:00

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  • Having read the post on The Big Bang Theory, referenced in this week’s show, I came away wondering what show was being described – and really, in a larger sense, what comedy show *isn’t* guilty of some or all of the exact same criticisms being leveled here and, more importantly, if they really should be treated as valid in the first place?

    If you think TBBT sets up the audience to laugh only ‘at’ the characters I think you’re missing the point and you’re dead wrong. I don’t think there’s been a sitcom, since the dawn of the art form, that doesn’t include characters whom we are meant to laugh ‘at’ so I’m not sure how TBBT stands out in this regard or should be somehow set aside as a special case.

    Furthermore the suggestion that Penny is the person the audience is meant to identify with as the, “normal”, person in this group is wholly untrue. I have little in common with this woman and I’m not sure why anyone would suggest that a wannabe actress whose only accomplishment on the show has been a hemorrhoid commercial and rep-theatre production of RENT over a bowling alley, is somehow the ‘safe zone’ for the rest of us is, well, just not seeing the same show I’m seeing.

    TBBT is successful as a comedy for many reasons. Yes there is referential humor but I’m not prepared to ditch Family Guy, Seinfeld and countless others for exactly the same reason as Jeff C alluded to I think. We all share quirks of personality - all sitcoms are ‘guilty’ of exaggerating these traits to bring about amusement. Where this tumblr commentary goes off the rails for me is in the assertion that we, the audience, are somehow in on the joke and are mean-spirited because of it – that these characters are people we wouldn’t associate with otherwise. That’s just plain ridiculous.

    Putting it more bluntly, the way-over-the-top insensitivity ascribed to the creative impulse behind TBBT is simply unfair in my opinion. To suggest that simple ridicule and debasement of these characters is the only reason they get laughs would also be to suggest that I Love Lucy should be torn down as a bad example of what a housewife should be, or Felix Unger for being fastidiously tidy, that Deputy Barney Fife can’t tie his shoes straight much less catch crooks or that Ted Baxter is just a blow-hard in an empty suit doing the news. I’m sorry, if you’re going to suggest the laughter I found in the portrayal of Edith Bunker was ONLY because she was somewhat of a nincompoop, then you’re missing out on a lot of what makes comedy such a strong and, yes sometimes, meaningful escape.

    We can’t all like the same thing so I’m glad we have a variety of choices in our entertainment. If you think TBBT’s purpose is simply to give you a virtual wedgie and take your lunch money well I’m sorry you feel that way. Please know that I don’t think you are worthless as a person because you like to alphabetize your DVD’s or attend the odd comic book convention. (I do both as well.) If that’s truly a source of insecurity for you then television is probably too much for you in general - much less the mostly benign, and sometimes banal, humor found in The Big Bang Theory.