I don’t think I am the only one who notices all those new superheroes TV shows starting to flood the airways. I must admit that I am currently watching a couple of them. Gotham and Flash are now on my regular view list. It is nice to be able to escape reality once in a while. It is also nice that these new shows are replacing the “reality” shows that have dominated so many networks. It didn’t take much for me to be filled up with that genre. They were anything but reality to me. Yeah they were cheap to make and some seemed to be addicted to them. I am glad to see them go.
Why this sudden change in TVLand? I think there are a couple of reasons. One is that we all just need a break once in a while. It is nice to escape reality, especially today’s reality. But I think there is also a more deeply rooted reason. We desperately need someone to come into our world who will fix all the messes we have created for ourselves. We are just too splintered into an “us vs them” mentality especially in politics and religion. We seem to have totally shut down any communications between different opinions in these two areas of life. We need a superhero to drag us out of this quagmire.
Lacking a real option for superhero we, at least in our minds, can substitute an imaginary one. I understand that several new superhero shows are on the horizon including Popeye. I never thought of Popeye as a superhero but I guess he is being re-imaged as one now. Life in reality might not be getting any better but at least now we can escape that fact a few times a week and watch some run at supersonic speeds and such. But we do really need someone who will save us from ourselves….