A House In Need of Serious Renovation

Don’t you hate it when television shows talk down to you?  I can’t stand it it when people do, never mind TV.

I ask because a few weeks ago iTunes had the entire first season of “House of Anubis” available as a free download.  That might still be the case, but just the thought is causing me to break out in hives.

By the way, that’s “FREE,” though, if you value engaging TV, it’s still too expensive.

Though that’s putting the cart before the horse.

I decided to download an episode, since I am always on the lookout for horror–or even horror-tinged–shows.

Though I could only watch for a few seconds before frustration overwhelmed me.  I haven’t deleted it, because I am a bit of a digital pack rat, but if the time comes that I need some hard drive space…

That being said, the problem is that the show doesn’t seem to have any edge.  I don’t know about other people, but when I was younger I was reading John Christopher’s “The White Mountains,” various tales of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthuthu Mythos, the adventures of The Three Investigators (I was never drawn to The Hardy Boys, for some reason) and watching everything for Space: 1999 to G-Force.

And because HoA is on the Nickelodeon network, which isn’t exactly known for challenging television–isn’t an excuse because what kid doesn’t want to be challenged by what they watch, especially since television is a passive pursuit.

Though such programming may go a long way toward explaining the Nickelodeon ratings slide.

Then there’s the way that they use the name of Anubis, the Egyptian god of death and embalming, in such a lame fashion.  For most of my young adult life I have had a love affair with Egyptian culture and deities–and have the tattoos to prove it–and I find the way they are using the name of such a high ranking figure in the Egyptian pantheon of gods to be very, very lame.

Dan K. Simmons also used Egyptian deities in his book, “Summer of Night,” which I didn’t agree with, but at least that was a great read, so all’s good.

I don’t expect a show on Nickelodeon is going to reach the narrative heights of a Dan Simmons novel–or any novel, for that matter–but don’t treat young people as if they can’t take a few scares, or that a little bit of intensity is going to scar them for life because the young people that I know want to be challenged and engaged.

And House of Anubis is currently too empty for that.

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