Friday, September 26, 2003

Coupling: the anti-Dawson's Creek

While the critiics have widely given Coupling an "F", I was amused by its exposure of the widespread shallowness of Americans. It actually seemed like the anti-Dawson's Creek. The Creek had young people talking in terms well beyond the average for their age; that was one of the show's most appealing aspects. It did seem unreal when cast against the language of average people the age of the Dawson's crowd. Coupling travels away from the deep angst of the Creek to the selfish level of most people. The undercurrents or subcontexts were obvious. Coupling is a Sienfeld type of directionless, plotless show where the real purpose is to expose the unfeeling nature of people. Sienfeld really is about four people divorced from their fellow humans and unable to recognize it. This is clearly recognized in the final episode where sitting in the jail celll the four of them just do not get it. Their part in humanity is just invisible to them. Coupling is about the same, except sexual encounters are the whole purpose of life. The goal is to point out that the gang on Coupling is no different from the body- and self-obsessed people of America and television.

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