I was talking to two Twitter friends about this yesterday, and felt compelled to put rant to blog, as it were!
Why does every single drama/crime/thriller series on television these days have to include graphic humping scenes? You never seem to get past the first 20 minutes without seeing a bare male bum thrusting up and down, or see the female character's legs wound round the male character's back, with full sound effects, complete with noisy climaxes, facial expressions, the lot. Ordinary dramas show scenes that used to be restricted to soft porn films; the only thing you can't see is the actual penetration.
Somehow it's not so bad on shows like Game Of Thrones, or Banshee (though that does get a bit OTT with it), which is fantasy, and at least the actors are, for the most part, pretty good looking, and it's artfully filmed and fairly sexy, though maybe a tad idealised - but I really, really don't want to see people like Kevin Whately on the job. Please, just don't.
Look, we all know that grown-ups have sex. Ordinary looking people, fat people, old people - but do we need to see it? Couldn't we just be shown them talking, afterwards?
Which brings me onto something else.
If someone is throwing up, it's enough for us to see them bend over, to hear them retching. We don't need to SEE IT COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS. Or the spittle round their mouths afterwards. Oh, and I don't want to see anyone taking a dump, either. Last night, in Fargo (excellent series!), we saw Billy Bob Thornton sit on the loo, and we heard the sound as - well, you know. What's next, Glorious Smell-o-Vision so we can get the full effect?
Everyone has bowel movements, snotty noses, everyone vomits, but showing it in all its glorious detail doesn't make the character or the scene more real, it's just - well, a bit revolting, really. As for the realistic sex scenes - well, most people look pretty daft when they're doing it, don't they? Porn films are carefully edited to look erotic. I just hope this current trend doesn't filter into soap operas - I badly don't want to see Owen and Anna/Gail Platt and current oddball (I lose track) having a little Saturday night slap and tickle.
All comments most welcome, and please feel free to add to this!