Lessons I learned from television: It’s always a conspiracy theory
Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 22:08
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but everyone you know and love may be planning to kill you for some reason or another. This is especially true if you have money and a great relationship with them. It may seem a bit over dramatic and absurd, but this is the world that television and movie writers think we live in. There used to be a time when plot twists were original, exciting and made sense. Now there is so much pressure to create one that we’re often left with conspiracies and motivations so bizarre and unbelievable that they fall apart the minute that your suspension of disbelief wears off. Sometimes these conspiracies are so absurd it causes it to wear off. It’s like everything M. Night Shamylan did after “Unbreakable.” These twists don’t make any sense if you apply any kind of logic to them.
The worst cliché is that people with evil motivations put themselves into dangerous situations to look innocent. This would make sense, except that the characters have no movtive regardless. I’ve never thought once about murdering anyone, but let’s say for the sake of argument you wanted to murder a relative for their inheritance money. Would you decide that the best way to do that is to hire someone else to do it? Maybe because you don’t have to get your hands dirty. But would that best way to do it be while you and several other people who don’t need to die are there? Maybe you want others who would get the money out of the way in order to have it for yourself. But would you really take the possibility of so many things going wrong and the plan falling apart and possibly dying yourself? Probably not, but this is a huge cliché we see all the time. “My parents are so nice to me, but I don’t like them anyways and want their money just because I’m a little broke,” for example.
I mentioned M. Night Shamylan so let’s talk about him since he seems to live for these things. The settlement at the end of The Village is not a real village in the 1800s, but a small sheltered town lied to by the elders living deep in the woods of some wildlife reservation. I’m not sorry if I just spoiled that ending because I just spared you two hours. You might be shocked for a minute by this conspiracy, but the minute you start to really think about it there’s no logic or justification. The village has been there for a really long time. Why has nobody accidentally found them? Why doesn’t a plane fly over? The conspiracy and twist exists with so much out of its control that it doesn’t work. But TV wants us to think this is the world we live in.
Basically don’t trust anyone. They have a reason to lie to you. They’re hiding things from you. They want you dead. Take your pick, but there is always something and everyone except for you, and maybe another person is in on it. According to what you watch on TV there is always a conspiracy. Always. Even when there isn’t, there still is.