Home Sweet Sitcom
As I was watching Weeds last night on my computer I was thinking about how something about the show was very unsettling. This feeling only came up now that Iâ€™m starting the 4th season. You see, the main characters have left town and itâ€™s all taking place in a totally different location. In fact, because of this, many of the extra characters that make the show what it is are barely in it because they are still in the original location.
Am I making sense? Probably not but Iâ€™ll keep going anyway.
So this got me thinking about all the other shows I have loved and how they always had a basic central location whether it was the funeral home on Six Feet Under or just New York City on Sex and the City. I mean, if Carrie up and moved to New Jersey, the show would not work.
My thought is that maybe a show needs a place to call home, to always somehow keep the characters grounded. It could even just be a place of work like the CSI headquarters.
Then it occurred to me that one of my favorite shows there really is no place to call home and that is Dexter. He sort of had his apartment but it was only for him and given he never really feels at home anywhere I think the show was setup not to have a central location, other than Miami. That being said, the show wouldnâ€™t work if it was moved to Texas. Right?
Often with a show coming to itâ€™s last episode the characters end up moving out of that place and moving on, which is why itâ€™s the end. Itâ€™s like saying, now that weâ€™re leaving the place this show calls home itâ€™s time for the show itself to say goodbye. Like on Friends when they leave the apartment and give back their keys.
Iâ€™m still hoping on Weeds they find a way to correct this because I miss certain characters that just seemed to disappear and I miss the interaction with all the characters that are now just strays. The show has a lost feeling right now (not lost as in Lost the show) because everyone seems to be drifting, probably because most of them are on the run.
I guess that is to be expected with a show centered around an illegal drug , which I guess maybe is the only thing they can call home.