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  • Jackie Clark,

    On the TV3 website forum, there is somewhat of an outcry. As there should be.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    What the hell, there'll be an encore screening of TINML sooner or later

    Good call - tonight, tv1, 9.25pm

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    TINML

    Glad to see that, in the future, we'll have made huge advances in hubcap technology.

    It's a wee bit disappointing to see yet another show populated entirely by Ponsonby-type characters. Apparently, in the future we'll finally be rid of the working class, the non-upper middle class, fat people, bald people, old people, ugly people, disabled people, and ethnics who don't have the good taste to be exotically mixed enough to pass.

    Well, I didn't mean for that to comes across as bitter and angry as it does; just an observation really. I don't think it's a coincidence that Outrageous Fortune, the most successful local drama in... decades(?) is about working class people; it doesn't come across as being about Auckland wankers, so connects with the country at large.

    Nevertheless he concept of the show is intriguing enough for me to keep watching, for now. The shooting-and-replacement scene in the bush was a genuine WTF moment.


    I'll finish by predicting that while the future may be grey, it won't be light grey.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Apparently, in the future we'll finally be rid of the working class,

    Maybe in the future that's what working class people are like.....
    who knows?
    But despite video sanitisation of the human race I predict people will still come in fat, bald, old, disabled, exotically mixed or not, and a few other as well... to be shure.
    Not certain about non-upper middle tho.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    Pretty sure I saw an old person (Pakeha man), but good point nonetheless.

    We don't really know what kind of person Alec (or whatever his name is) is yet, he could be working class after all? Maybe that's the whole premise - it's a re-education camp!

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    There was a brown face behind the desk at the Wellness Centre. I don't know the actor's name but she's from Shortland St I think.

    She looked like too well known an actor just to be given one line for the series, so I wondered if she might have more of a role in future programmes.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I had to laugh a bit at the 'futuristicness' of it.

    In the future we'll have touch-screen phones, digital photo frames, and grey, modernist Wellness centres?? ;)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    What we used to call the sick bay at school is now the Wellness Centre. The euphemistic blah of it grates ...

    And wellness ain't really a word

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Apparently, in the future we'll finally be rid of the working class, the non-upper middle class, fat people, bald people, old people, ugly people, disabled people, and ethnics who don't have the good taste to be exotically mixed enough to pass.

    And since there's something seriously wrong with this little town, don't you think that might well be the point? Then again, it kind of creeped me out that the exteriors in The Truman Show were not a studio backlot but a real "master-planned" community which would drive me into a state of homicidal psychosis inside a week.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Incoming Radiation...
    here's hoping the grid stands up today...
    we have a Coronal Mass Ejection heading towards
    us from a complex solar tsunami and eruption
    - Aurora alert for southerners from Aug 3...

    ...weight and sea dept...
    meanwhile in the Gulf of Mexico the
    Loop Current has apparently stalled possibly
    as a consequence of the BP oil volcano...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    And since there's something seriously wrong with this little town, don't you think that might well be the point?

    The possibility did occur to me later. I guess I'm just unused to the portrayal of New Zealand as a land of shiny, happy people being a warning rather than an ideal.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It's a wee bit disappointing to see yet another show populated entirely by Ponsonby-type characters

    Seemed a lot more like Takapuna to me. I didn't see anyone living in a tiny 100 year old cottage and thinking that was choice. Nor was anyone apparently gay or artistic.

    I couldn't get past that the (electric) car was restricted because of carbon credits, but all the doors opened via electricity and everything seemed to be well lit.

    Transportation does use a lot more energy than lighting.

    I was struggling to think how the average suburbanite could actually get any carbon credits at all.

    As for the tracking chip in his brain, how long until our hero thinks of a tin foil hat?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Transportation does use a lot more energy than lighting.

    Yeah. But if energy is so restricted that it effectively functions as money, wouldn't electric opening doors be pretty much non-existant?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I got the impression the power rationing was actually an excuse for control rather than a reality. Currently the cost of running a plug in electric car is about $1 a day for a 50km round trip commute. Hard to think of anyone who owned a flash house not being able to afford that, even if the cost of energy increased 20-fold. They sure wouldn't be able to afford heating if so.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Transportation does use a lot more energy than lighting.

    Yeah. But if energy is so restricted that it effectively functions as money, wouldn't electric opening doors be pretty much non-existant?

    Maybe it's fiction?

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    do you want chips with that?

    As for the tracking chip in his brain, how long until our hero thinks of a tin foil hat?

    I was nonplussed by the hero wondering how they could track him - when he was carrying that whizzy little phone around all the time!! <DOH!>

    ...and of course the whole thing may be virtual, which would be more in line with current futuristic/fantasy paradigms...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Maybe it's fiction?

    We're not allowed to be annoyed by fiction that doesn't make sense?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Yeah. But if energy is so restricted that it effectively functions as money, wouldn't electric opening doors be pretty much non-existant?

    Ah yes but...
    We were told by Bill Birch that our power would get cheaper when it was controlled by private enterprise, we were told we should use less power for the sake of the planet, we are now paying more and using more. It is in the interests of "those that control us" for us to be suckers (also known as "Consumers")
    That is just the tip of the "Iceberg". Psst, wanna buy a conspiracy theory?
    It's Goldman Sachs I Tell you

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    But if energy is so restricted that it effectively functions as money, wouldn't electric opening doors be pretty much non-existant?

    On the contrary. Electricity company executives will have quietly suggested to all news media outlets that they might like to mention that opening doors by hand is 'anti-family'.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    wouldn't electric opening doors be pretty much non-existant?

    The doors use the kinetic energy of their own motion to charge themselves up for the next time they have to open.

    But yes, what Ben said.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    It's a wee bit disappointing to see yet another show populated entirely by Ponsonby-type characters. Apparently, in the future we'll finally be rid of the working class, the non-upper middle class, fat people, bald people, old people, ugly people, disabled people, and ethnics who don't have the good taste to be exotically mixed enough to pass.

    But wasn't Outrageous Fortune chock-full of those people? And Go Girls has grannies, brown folks and an Asian Julie Christie character.

    As others have pointed out, the blandness of the This Is Not My Life environment is explicitly intended to be creepy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    As others have pointed out, the blandness of the This Is Not My Life environment is explicitly intended to be creepy.

    Yes. It took me a while, but - as mentioned above - that did eventually occur to me.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    As others have pointed out, the blandness of the This Is Not My Life environment is explicitly intended to be creepy.

    And what NZ TV needs next is something that'll make the establishment truly brown its pants. Like a Crash or The Wire with Kiwi accents. Or even, if anyone can grow a pair, V For Vendetta.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Lest I appear overly curmudgeonly, Outrageous Fortune & Go Girls are both eminently watchable, and there's no reason yet to think that TINML won't be too.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Maybe it's fiction?

    We're not allowed to be annoyed by fiction that doesn't make sense?

    Of course. But your reasoning as to why it does not make sense requires some extrapolation not supplied by the show. You are then supplying your own reasoning in a way that annoys you.

    I immediately went with Emma's supplied explanation (or something like it):

    The doors use the kinetic energy of their own motion to charge themselves up for the next time they have to open.

    So it made perfect sense to me.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

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