NYPD Blue isn’t lively as most police-based TV series. It slow paced, without much events. But dialogs are extensive. It’s probably one of the most accurate shows on this topic. It’s not all about gray areas: you have scumbags and people there to put them away, that is quite simple. Nonetheless, there’s more to it. For instance, the alcoholic cop isn’t a bad one, it’s Sipowicz. Like the show visual layout itself, nothing is flashy, nothing is really bright, everything is more or less rotten, but you cannot not feel any kind of sympathy for most characters. It all makes sense, somehow.
Also created by Steven Bochco, Over There gives me the same feeling. Most scenes are slow paced, with a limited number of visited places (yeah, nothing like Strike Back obviously). For instance, there’s an episode where the team the show is about is doing a road block. No more than four cars will pass by during two days. That gives you an idea. The utmost anti-World Without End TV series. The shows also deals with everything beside the front lines (family back home, military hospitals, etc), not really fun, not really eventful, part of the whole deal though.
So I’m puzzled about the show cancellation after only one season, due to low ratings.
I’ve checked links provided in the related Wikipedia page: The San Francisco Chronicles about Soldiers who served in Iraq share their views on the show lets real soldiers that went Over There express their views. For instance, you can read that “It’s not a bad show, but they get so many things wrong,” Sgt. 1st Class Norman Valdez said. “If real soldiers did half the things the guys do in the show, they’d be dead.”. Yeah, obviously. Realism isn’t reality. Characters just have to be plausible, not common or likely, to make a realistic story. Plus, no single individual has a life interesting enough to make a whole TV series about it. Same goes for the argument “The problem is, almost no one experiences all of those things. Not even in a yearlong tour”: Band of Brothers also mixed events, made one character suffer events that in reality happened to several. That’s artistic license to me, it helps creating a lively character while still being based on real events. No issue for me there. Obviously, the article published on antiwar.com, website claiming to be “your best source for antiwar news, viewpoints, and activities” (at war with punctuation too?), is claiming the show isn’t antiwar enough. I only almost read the first page just for the sake of this article I writing, it’s not really that interesting. War is bad blah blah blah and everything should just focus on saying so blah blah blah, you get the picture.
Nothing here that really explains to me the lack of interest of north-american viewers. But I guess it’s one thing to make a realistic fiction based on unique events, like crimes/felonies, that happen only on a tiny fraction of the population and one about a gigantic war almost whole country is, one way or the other, currently involved in. Maybe it’ll be easier to cope with in a few years. Ain’t time yet for the choking, So now we can see the movie and see each other truly.