I spent the last few weeks working my way through all five seasons of Six Feet Under. Man, what a depressing experience. The first season was pretty good: it ended with everyone having come through the trauma of the father’s death with new direction to their respective lives. I was excited to see what each of these human beings that I’d been introduced to was going to do with his or her “new lease.”
Then I watched four more seasons of a bunch of selfish whiny assholes destroy themselves and each other. Not a one of them would I piss on if they were in flames. I get the feeling, from the talking (as opposed to the walking), that the creators thought the message they were putting across is, basically, “life is short: make of it what you can.” Only, the message they actually seemed to be communicating was, “life sucks: kill yourself now.”
I was never much of a fan of American Beauty: too pat and romantic, plus, you know, subtextually icky. Now, I’ll actively avoid anything with Alan Ball’s name on it.