Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thoughts on Dawson's Creek

Ok, so I'm watching the 3rd episode of Dawson's Creek, you know the one where Dawson discovers that his Mom is cheating on his Dad, and I'm thinking to myself that this show has some of the worst dialogue I've ever encountered. I know this is not a new observation and would have been much more relevant 9 years ago, but these kids are supposed to be 15, yet have vocabularies of English professors. I'm an Ivy League grad with a degree from a top tier law school (Not to toot my own horn, but BEEP BEEP) and these little snot nosed kids are putting together sentences and using words I barely comprehend. For example Joey and Dawson were big emoting about life and as she gets up to leave she says, "Well Dawson, I got to get going, the subtext is killing me." I watched that whole scene intently and have absolutely no idea what she was alluding to, so how the hell did the average tween and Anthony Diraimondo, who were watching this show religiously at this point, know what was going on?

22 comments:

Fuzzy No Nose Chimp said...

Most watched it for the girls/guys. Also, the dialog was a huge talking point in my school, as I think it was for most teens.

jimer said...

i watched the show simply to test my manhood, and for no reason other than that.

JohnnyDakota said...

Mookie, all that Hell's Kitchen is rotting your brain. You don't understand the word, "subtext"? That's embarassing. Stop watching reality television and read a book.

jimer said...

They were text messaging back in Dawson's day?

Mookie said...

I didn't understand that there was subtext present in their conversation. I totally missed whatever that subtext was. That was that the point I was trying to make.

JohnnyDakota said...

Whatever, I don't blame someone for raising the intellectual common denominator of teen shows. There has been a long void since Lisa Turtle once famously asked, "What is art? Are we art? Is art, art?"

Still, both are light year's ahead of anything that was said on the OC.

Tremont said...

you were all about this show in college. I tried to tell you it sucked, but you would have none of it.

Mookie said...

I still don't think it sucks, but I just think the dialogue is too unrealistic. Pacey is a badass though.

Fuzzy No Nose Chimp said...

What pissed me off was how much of a shmuck Dawson was. And I didn't think the show really revolved around him, especially after high school.

What I loved was the interaction between the various characters, and how that interaction changed the lives of the others on the show. It wasn't one dimensional.

POD said...

Dawson Leary is the biggest pussy of alllll time

Sean said...

DiRai exposed!

Mookie said...
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Mookie said...

I sure miss that Andy McPhee.

JohnnyDakota said...

Mookie, you mean you miss Jack McPhee. Andy was the girl. I can see how the names are confusing.

Mookie said...

Didn't take long for someone to spike that set

Mookie said...

I think this is the all time comment record for a single post

JohnnyDakota said...

Just goes to show you we should have started a "teen melodrama" blog.

Go secure the rights to Shoot your hopes and California Dreams.

First topic: Why didn't the band fire Sly Winkle if he never got them a gig outside the beach shack?

Sly Winkle said...

I wasn't a very diligent manager and NBC didn't want to build another set.

JohnnyDakota said...

Thanks, Sly. You got lucky when your super talented cousin came into town, just as the band lost its lead singer, Matt.

DiRai/TheGreatAntonio said...

Fair enough.

emma said...

wow. dawsons creek is a great show. I watched it as a teen as did all of my friends. you would have to be pretty stupid to not understand what subtext means. I think it's great that they have a wider vocabulary than mr. toot my own horn. if you don't like the show then don't watch it. or at least don't critisize it.

kiik said...

when i was in highschool i watched dawson's creek when it originally aired, but recently i've been watching it again from start to finish out of boredom. i've noticed the same thing about the dialogue. another thing i noticed is that the writers try to work the word "subtext" into almost every episode in all 6 seasons. it's a little ridiculous, considering when i was a highschool student i didn't use notions like subtext in my day to day conversations...i don't think i even knew what it meant.