Monday, March 17, 2008

Stop Writing Crap for Children

I spent the weekend with my 6-year old sister, and was introduced to Nickelodeon’s hit show, “The Naked Brothers Band”. In my opinion, another awful addition to so-called Kid-Friendly TV’s lineup of tween tackiness. Come to think of it, the main characters, aged 8 and 10, aren’t even tweens. The show is apparently meant to be rockumentary-mockumentary for kids. Are they kidding??? Watch a bunch of 6 year-olds lap this stuff up-- there is NO way they think for a minute that what they’re watching is satire and tongue-in-cheek pointlessness. And that continuing plotline about one of the boys being "in love" with the band's female member, Rosalina. It's cute the first 2 minutes, and then after that it's just damned annoying. A few episode summaries:

Nat must learn to cry on cue for an upcoming video and to also make Rosalina think he is deep. Alex is awesome at crying on cue and offers to help Nat for a price.

Nat does stand-up comedy to impress Rosalina, but isn't very good. He's determined to prove his sense of humor. He looks closer to home for better material.

The band, Mr. Wolff, Cooper, & Jesse take a day off and go to the beach. When Nat catches Qaasim flirting with Rosalina, he tries to do the same to get Rosalina to fall for him. Thomas and David see Nat getting more attention from girls...

When Nat and Rosalina find out they have to kiss in their new music video, they're both nervous, but for different reasons. Nat is shaky because he's never kissed a girl on the lips. Rosalina is conflicted about her feelings for Nat - after all, she's a teenager and he's only 11...

It's for kids, I know. But that's just the problem. It’s just as dumb as that local show Goin Bulilit, where they dress kids up as adults (complete with ninang hairdo for the girls and pencil moustache for the boys) and have them deliver the news in their best grown-up voices. Obviously, these writers can't figure out who they're writing for.



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