ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
How Shuk spent his
summer vacation: watchin' the tube
the Iraqi war and more!
What the Shuk?
When I did my "How I Spent My Summer
Vacation" presentations back in grade school, teachers
were pretty unimpressed with the answer "I watched TV."
Here at Western however, no such boundaries
exist. In a vacation largely constricted by summer school, work
and crappy movies (I started watching Bad Boys II three weeks
ago and I think it just ended), TV proved to be an oasis. Not
the paradise kind of oasis, of course, but an Oasis in the manner
of Noel and Liam Gallagher's band; sometimes good, sometimes
bad, always derivative.
Virtually the only options for new programming
over the summer were the new darlings of the networks, reality
shows. This summer saw the launch of such quality fare as For
Love or Money, Canadian Idol, Paradise Hotel and the hilariously-titled
Who Wants to Marry My Dad?
I'm not one of those anti-reality snobs (I
haven't missed a Survivor episode in three years), but these
shows are further signs humanity will die not via an asteroid
or an ice age, but instead from the total mental shutdown that
will inevitably come from watching Sass Jordan critique someone's
But I kid. Canadian Idol is actually my second
favourite show ever.
Bud Abbott: What's number one?
Every other show is tied for first. Ba dum
Aside from reality shows, the only other
ongoing saga was the Middle East conflict on CNN, which is pretty
much the same thing. Maybe that's what George W. Bush was doing;
he was voting Saddam Hussein off the island. It's the geopolitical
equivalent of the second season of Survivor, when Kel was voted
off for allegedly smuggling beef jerky onto the show, though
no evidence was ever found.
The coveted Shukvision "Show of the
Summer" goes to Late Night With Conan O'Brien.. Conan is
not only hilarious, but also ideally suited for everyone's crazy
summer sleeping hours; you can either watch it just as you get
home or just as you're heading out. I'd be remiss if I didn't
mention the must-watch Conan's 10th anniversary special this
Sunday night on NBC.
But now with the summer wasteland behind
us, we can look forward to the "exciting" new fall
season. Some of you might ask why I subject myself to so much
of this network-sponsored garbage, but it's for the sake of
you, the reader. If I had spent all my time working out, for
example, I'd have to change the column name to Shukrobics and
then use this space to discuss my delts.