I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.
Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.
And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…
I have watched a total of four episodes of this show, & they have all rubbed me the wrong way. The show did nothing but piss me off the entire time I was viewing it, now … this person has figured it out.
When you should be doing other things, hit refresh on that browser. Go ahead, do it. You know you want to. Just … bring your mouse up there, like that, and … click.
You just did it didn’t you?
There wasn’t a change was there?
This is what happens at 4:40 on a Saturday morning when you really should have gone to bed two hours ago. Really. Hit refresh on that browser. Go ahead … do it.
You know you want to.
It’s that horrible feeling you get when you realize the problem that you’re having is actually not with other people and is likely with your character in RP. Now it is up to you to figure out how to make your character overcome their insecurities; their tendency to fly off the handle; their high stress level; etc.
The situation isn’t indicative, for me at least, with any OOC strife: I love my guild and everyone in it. My character, however, just tends to get upset and riled up at what people say to her within the guild. She becomes pouty, trying to prove herself all while just further digging her own space-grave.
This is the antithesis of everyone she deals with outside the guild, with whom she can have completely cordial conversations, get along with famously, and really enjoy a good cup of her favorite drink with.
So now, the question becomes: How Do I Deal With This? Or, How Do I Help My Character Deal With This?
There are several ways a person can help their character out of a similar rut. The first being to attempt to involve one person as a confidante to the character’s brainmeats. Basically - let one character know what is going on in your troubled character’s head. Gain an ally, gain someone in the guild who can help advocate for your character IC’ly, so that when push comes to shove, your character has a friend.
Or, write a storyline involving the character’s ascent into something greater, or worse. Involve a number of people. Don’t make it All Your Character All The Time. No one wants to play in the This Is The Tale Of Captain Me Me Me Me Me storyline. People want to participate in a storyline that is fun, and intriguing. So this can be a fun exercise.
Thirdly, if the option is available, submit the character for a psychological profiling - in games such as SWTOR this is more prevalent - so that you may have a guide and a goal for your character to follow. Basically an IC Treatment Plan. Some goal for your character to strive for. Do Not Look For An IC Therapist. In fact, as an RL mental health professional, I would be wary of anyone RPing an IC therapist.
Otherwise, you could discuss things OOC’ly with the people involved (or guild officers) and see if there is any strife on their end, or if this - indeed - as you may suspect, uniquely a problem with you and your character. However, if that sort of thing would bring your mind at ease, go ahead and do that. I am never one to argue with peace of mind.
The first big thing is that you’ve discovered that you have the capacity to fix the problem on your own, and with minimal help and effort. This is a major breakthrough. The second thing is that you are now thinking of a way to mend this possible poor behavior and you can work around it in a way that is beneficial for all parties involved.
Basically, lucky you! You’re working on your character’s own mental health! Now, doesn’t that make you feel better?
There was a question raised at a science fiction convention here in town: If zombies need to eat, is waste product produced?
As a member of the zombie fan community, as well as a medical professional, and social scientist, I hypothesize the following:
Zombies’ need to consume is not based on any hunger triggers at all, instead it is a visceral need, just as the need to move, protect, and - well - have sex (but most people don’t go for zombie love). As the zombies’ brains have retreated to their basal instincts, they only eat and attack their food source not as a response to hunger, but likely only as an instinctual response.
Zombies in most lore settings do not have working innards. The food either rots in their system, creating many of the ‘bloated zombies’ seen in some media. Alternatively, the entire waste processing system is missing entirely, creating a simple eat and eject, flow-through, effect that most visual entertainment media don’t portray openly. So, ‘Fetch me the brown pants!’ may be a common joke among zombies we do not hear because we don’t speak “Mraaaaahhh!”