TV matters. A lot. More so than movies, because there is so much of it, it reaches far more people, and has therefore more influence. [If a high-grossing movie has an opening weekend of $40 million box office, that means with an average ticket price of $12, 3.75 million people paid to see it. That’s basic cable levels of viewership. By contrast the NBC series “the Blacklist” averaged around 18 million viewers per week for new episodes last season.] Two recent developments show the bankruptcy of the basic competence of the elite and the common sense of ordinary people for the most part. In rejecting the PC idiot religion of the elites.
The NFL reportedly pressured teams to sign Michael Sam, after the Rams cut him. The Cowboys picked him up, under pressure, and team owner Jerry Jones said after questioning that “no way” was Sam able or prepared to play in the NFL. Of course, players who did not make a team even a practice squad are angry. But the sense of the ownership after listening to Sports Talk Radio is that going All Gay, all the time, is a good move because its just like Signing Jackie Robinson and they are as Brave and Far-sighted as Branch Rickey.
Coming to a TV screen near you next year: Micheal Sam leaps into the stands and kisses his boyfriend. Somewhere a father and a ten year old son are watching. “Ewwww.” They both turn off the TV in disgust. “Lets watch the hockey game later Dad.” “Sure son!” “I’m much more into Hockey Dad. Its not gay like Football.” “Me too son, me too.”
Gays are 2.6% of the population, including Lesbians. Not much to hang a sports league on. But the motivation is essentially religious. Owners care more about being seen as one of the chosen, the Saved, the special, the “good White” who gloriously saves the downtrodden non-White, or Gay, or Muslim, or what have you, and thus performs the sado-masochistic (credit the tweeter Roissy/Heartiste retweeted) rituals of recycling, yoga, tofu, vegetarianism, jogging, etc. along with “racial cuckoldry” that makes up the religion of Racial Penance and Redemption.
The good news is that though Jerry Jones had to bend over and take one for the team, so to speak, in service of the owners collective religious feelings, he’d rather win a Superbowl than be saved. His ego demands he win a Superbowl without Jimmy Johnson and so far he’s failed to do so. Michael Sam might be real good at kissing wimpy SWPL White gay guys, but as a defensive football player he’s about as good as Johnny Weir and only slightly better than Liberace. Now. This just in — gay guys are not very good at football.
In a similar fashion, audiences seem to have rejected in test screenings the Denzel Washington remake of the Equalizer. Edward Woodward, above right, is the Equalizer. Denzel Washington, below left, is good as corrupt and brutal Officer Rafael Perez. Washington even looks like Perez in the movie “Training Day.”
The remake of the 1980’s TV series is being dumped into early September. The death slot for movies. This is a good thing.
If the test screenings had any heat and audience reaction behind them, the movie would have been released at least in August and maybe even July or June. There was not much competition for a traditional action movie, only Stallone’s Expendables 3 fit that bill, with Captain America coming out in April this year and concluding its US run by early June, and Guardians of the Galaxy being the other big Summer movie in August. The movie has been completed for some time now, maybe more than a year, and has been sitting around waiting to be dumped. Right at the time when kids are back in school, attention is red hot for football, both the NFL and College Ball variety, and Baseball is tight pennant races.
Why put the movie out now? Because it stinks.
The whole point of the Equalizer was the incongruity, of a bespectacled, mild seeming middle aged, chubby, middle class man in a suit, who is a ruthless and efficient killer and destroyer when he wants to be. A man who is dangerous because he has a brain as well as courage and will, and seems innocuous and harmless. Until Edward Woodward, a truly great actor, turns on the menace and charisma and you grasp just how dangerous the character really is.
The problem with Hollywood is that they are filled with religious dogma as much as the NFL owners. They believe that violence and action is only justified, if it is done by the religiously correct (i.e. Black) person and that the whole point of the Equalizer is a Black guy killing various (White) villains, while timing himself with a stop-watch. Yes its that bad:
Note the sub themes. Criminals are always White, Black guys don’t hold up Home Depot stores, White guys do. White women can only be protected by macho Black bald guys. Black guys are ultimate fighting machines … but for good!
This is pretty much religious dogma of the Religion of Racial Penance and Redemption. Post Christianity taken to its logical limits.
And of course, misses the other things that made the Equalizer (the TV series) great. Woodward’s superior acting ability, the ability to play to humor, regret, nostalgia, and a hardness far exceeding that of Washington:
The character often engaged in lengthy, psychological warfare, to destroy his enemies through fear and intimidation versus the simple “beat em up” action in the Denzel Washington clip. This increased tension and showed the character to be more than just someone capable of a straight on fight, but one able to think and analyze before engaging in action. Not so coincidentally, this increased dramatic tension. One of the most boring movies I’ve ever seen was the Matrix Part Two, as none of the CGI enhanced action had any dramatic tension at all. Since even in the context of the movie the action was not real.
There are two particular scenes, I am thinking of. One, is where Robert Lansing (as Control) gets drunk with Woodward’s character after McCall has psychologically and physically killed a corrupt cop, methods including chemicals inducing fear and hallucinations. McCall is upset at his very visible talent for destruction and Control (the much missed late Robert Lansing) assures him that the talent has always been put to good use only. Its the ending part of the episode seen below:
Its a simple scene. But one that makes the Edward Woodward Robert McCall far different than the Denzel Washington version. Far more dangerous, unpredictable, smarter, more cruel, and one that has as a costar the grimy, crime ridden NYC of the 1980s and the Stewart Copeland soundtrack (perhaps his best ever).
The good news is that Season Two of the Equalizer has been released, in Region 1 (the US). Other regions have already had all four seasons released. Now if only the other remaining seasons can be released here in the US.
Does all of this matter?
Yes. It matters if the NFL, the most popular sports league, and the only one remaining mostly on free TV (for now) rather than cable and satellite, pushes the gay agenda so the owners can feel good about their religious standing. And it matters if the one ego-driven, obnoxious, rootin tootin Texan of them all had to bend over, but is now smarting from his position that he assumed. And not very happy. It matters that Hollywood can’t even remake a classic TV series with all the high points written out in huge letters:
- Hero is unassuming, mild looking middle aged man who is “the most dangerous man I know.”
- Hero uses psychological warfare and favor trading and all the tools of decades of an intelligence officer not just an ass-kicker to destroy his enemies
- Hero is filled with ambivalence over his career, his isolation from his family, and the things he’s done and does, wondering if it makes him evil
- Hero is a beloved British actor of great charisma, and fantastic acting ability
Put this all together and it spells GARY OLDMAN. Or possibly Sean Bean. Why execs did not simply remake the TV series, as a TV series, with the original soundtrack, and updated NYC locations, with either Oldman or Bean (either could do it, Oldman would be better) only religious frenzy and commitment can explain it.
Lets put it this way. The trailer has all the best moments of the film in it. And it sucks. Hit Girl is lame, who knew the Equalizer worked in Home Depot, that all dangerous criminals are White, that saviors are gritty ghettoized Black guys without major ebonics accents, or that the Equalizer dies in the end as a Christ figure? Gee no wonder people are saying no thanks.
If they had to remake it, the concept works best as a series, with about 17 hours and change available to push the story across with lots of character detail, coupled with suspense and a bit of action. The concept needs a charismatic, mild looking White British guy as the lead. Not Officer Perez from Training Day. That this act of religious devotion obviously failed is a good thing. People said no to it.
And with that I’ll take a bit of hope.