Friday, January 4, 2013

This is the Dimension of Imagination

Place: Here
Time: Now
Journey into the Shadows? Could be my journey.

The episode begins with the above narration accompanying a pan across some trees to reveal our everyman surrogate ambling down an empty road.

Cue loud music and shot of cafe exterior.

Enter cafe. Signs of life. Music. A kettle boiling.

And the mystery develops as we have it confirmed that we are Americans and, yes indeed, we are hungry.

Hungry, hungry people. It is slowly, but increasingly obviously, revealed that this is a deep hunger: a hunger for any other human contact outside of oneself. We are shown that we find ourselves unable to even self-identify apart from our relationship with others. The world slowly starts to crack under the strain of radical oneness.

You play tic tac toe with yourself and you always lose.


I was pleased with this first TZ episode. It establishes the off-kilter tone of the TZ as well as being a great example of how personal the TZ often feels. This is immersive television, grabbing the viewer and demanding submission for a short entertainment and a few Sanka instant coffee commercials (that would be another interesting project, if it were even possible, to watch the TZ with its original commercials).

I'm looking forward to the rest of 2013. Every Tuesday gives us a new reason to celebrate. Welcome to the Good TV Celebration Zone.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know why I can't seem to pull any deep insights from these episodes. I think of myself as a pretty deep guy, but when it comes to film and TV I tend to take everything at face value. Hmmm.