Before I begin, I would like to congratulate Bear McCreary on his well-deserved Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.
I know that Outlander fans have been reeling over the results of the Emmy nominations. I have remained silent (well mostly silent which is slightly screamimg per Miracle Max) about the almost complete snub of Outlander by the Emmy Nominations Committee. I have made only two memes.
I made this one today for Ron D. Moore:
Since I don’t have to suck up to the tasteless clods who didn’t nominate Outlander for anything but music (I guess they never heard a bagpipe). I have a plan to address my pain and humiliation as a fan. I will attack two specific areas – the Committee and the Competition.
Part I – Vilify the Emmy Nominating Committee (ENC)
As a hockey fan, I am already an expert at treating the “powers that be” like the turds they are because I never agree with their decisions unless there is a ruling in my team’s favor.
So hear I go….
Look at this group! First. there is only one computer on the table and no TVs. How can these idiots see the nominations? They know they are technologically challenged by the weak hand waves from a few of them. Look closely. Notice that only one member is wearing their glasses! This is too easy!
What are the qualifications of the ENC members? Who are they? What training have they had in judging the entries. How much TV do they really watch? As a part-time investigative reporter, I am qualified to delve into this mystery.
You won’t believe what I discovered! Here they are, a few of the bastards that snubbed Outlander! The faces are real, but the names and bios have been changed to protect them from fan retaliation. Well, maybe the faces aren’t real either but they are close.
So that’s the ENC. Is it any wonder Outlander failed to get a nomination (except Bear)?
Part II – Vilify The Competition
Since the only people I will insult are the individuals on the ENC, I will review the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series (who didn’t get snubbed). I refuse to compare actors from one show to the other. Clearly, Sam, Cait, Tobias, Graham and the rest of the OL cast are so superior, it’s unfair to the competitors. (Caution: if any of these shows are your favorites, then you might not like what I have to say about them in comparison to Outlander. I hate them all and have never watched them.)
Better Call Saul
This is a lawyer show in which the main lawyer (a former scam artist)will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law, including settling on the courthouse steps! First of all, I would be glued to the screen (sarcasm) watching a bottom-feeding attorney who won’t go into the courthouse. It sounds like a comedy, not a drama! I guess because it is a black (not meant ethnically) comedy, its ok to label it a drama. After all, BCS could never compete as a comedy, if even Big Bang Theory got snubbed . Compared to Outlander, BCS is blah! P.S. This is a prequel to Mad Men, another fookin’ nominee. One per customer, ENC!
“The series is set in fictional Downtown Abbey, a Yorkshire country house in England. Downton Abbey is home and seat of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, along with their children and distant family members. Each series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family, their friends and servants during the reign of King George V.” That’s the description from Wikipedia. Well, I don’t see why this show is so special (aside from winning 27 Emmys). Outlander has King George II, familial attachments, friendships, aristocrats, servants, in addition to Downtown Frank and Downtown Jamie. Hell, even Claire went downtown on Jamie, too. DA only has some woman named Abbey going downtown on this show! The ballot box is stuffy not stuffed, just like Downtown Abbey!
The series is about a female CIA officer with bipolar disorder, and, a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. The CIA agent has come to believe that the Marine, who was held captive by al Qaeda as a POW, was “turned” by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States. Now, I know the CIA works in strange ways, but 3 years to figure out if this guy is a threat? Probably because the female agent is sick and weak with her disorder! Then there is Outlander who has a strong female protagonist who is capable of curing sickness, lancing boils, and stocking a pharmacy, all while having the best sex ever and looking like a fashion model! How could the committee have missed this?
House of Cards
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from S. C. 5th Congressional District and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire. The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and power. (Wikipedia) Now in Outlander, Jamie is Laird (which is better that a congressman), who has been whipped and aided by his wife, Claire. What is the damn difference? I can’t see it!
I already explained the story in Better Call Saul. This is nepotism, pure and simple! The only redeeming quality for Mad Men is John Hamm’s large dangling participle. Needless to say, I am Mad that Mad Men got the nod!
Orange is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black (often abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy/drama series based on Piper Kerwin’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at a Federal Corrections Institution (aka the Slammer). To me, this is another crossover from the comedy side, so it wouldn’t have to compete with older versions of Elaine (Julia Louise Dreyfus) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) the Comeback Queens. In comparison to Outlander, OITNB is comical and the costumes are FEH!
Game of Thrones
Of course, I would save the best for last and this isn’t funny. The following is part of an article in Time Magazine this week. “The Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday that Game of Thrones has won a whopping 24 nominations, more than any other TV show this year. While that would seem to be a reason for the cast and crew to celebrate, the nods come at a time when the HBO show is under fire from even its most dedicated fans for its treatment of women. The season five finale aired over a month ago, but fans are still bristling from controversial scenes this season like the rape of Sansa, the shaming of Cersei and the death of Shireen.” Frankly, I am appalled. Shame on you ENC! Shame on you GoT!
Ron, So here is my strategy for next year. Make the show about a strong woman who falls through time, and marries a handsome highlander. Have them go through trials and tribulations, have the hero whipped, raped and tortured and have the woman save him. Film in the most beautiful setting on earth, get the best writers, directors, cast and crew. Have a couple of funny guys for comedic relief, and have the actors wear the most authentic and beautiful wardrobes ever created. Add a hauntingly beautiful music score and some Heiland Coos. (Sound familiar?) Then add fire breathing dragons and pay off the ENC.
So, Outlander, you are the classiest, most intelligent, most beautiful, and most complete show on TV, with an outstanding cast and crew who got ignored by the ENC. I mentioned that I likened this love of Outlander to a home town sports team and the ENC to referees. I know I’m not far off.
FOOK THE EMMY’S, IF THEY CAN’T TAKE A JOKE!