I don’t have a TV. And even when I did have one, I never really used it. There’s just far too much other shit to get through in a day. But occasionally, something comes along that’s worth sitting on your ass for. Right now, that something is Californication, a TV series starring former X files guys David Duchovney. I’d heard a bit about Californication before, but never had any interest in watching it. I suspect that this is because Duchvney’s been astoundingly crap in everything else that I’ve seen him in. But not this time. This time, he’s inspiringly brilliant and manages to deliver the caustic, sardonic and oh so witty dialogue with just right mixture of self loathing, humour and tragically fated good intention.
The reason that I started watching the show was simple – I’d heard that some people were a little disgusted, slightly reviled and a lot offended by the show. They’d said bad things about it, like that I might loose my Pearly Gates card just for even scoping out the poster. This of course made me take a liking to it on principle, even before I’d watched a single minute of footage.
I don’t want to get in to too much detail, for fear of spoiling your Californication viewing experience, so for now I’ll add the trailer and my favourite quote from the show. If you’re easily offended, then please don’t watch the trailer. I just don’t have the energy to deal with your mortal wrath, seriously.
(Context – Duchovney’s character Hank Mooney is being interview on a radio show about his blog)
[People] seem to be getting dumber and dumber. I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The Internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24-hour a day access to kiddie porn, you know. And people don’t write anymore, they blog; instead of talking, they text; no punctuation, no grammar. LOL this and LMFAO that. You know it just seems to me that it’s just a bunch of stupid people psuedo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people in a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the king’s English.