Over/Underrated 2012 – Part Four

4 Jan

Tonight’s installment of Over/Underrated 2012 is brought to you solely by yours truly (it’s like Brook actually has a life or something). But, for those of you who have fallen in love with her ruthless critiques (like I have), never fear. She’ll be back with a double edition herself later this week. In the meantime…

Overrated

The Fierce Five

Yes, I know they won Olympic gold. Yes, I know they helped the United States win both the gold and overall medal counts. For both of these things, I respect and admire the 2012 United States women’s gymnastics team (comprised of Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber). But, for those of us old enough to remember the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia, we know that the Fierce Five has nothing on the Magnificent Seven. Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps touched our hearts in Atlanta when they won the first ever gold medal for the United States in the women’s team competition. What made the moment even more historic was the fact that they won that medal because of a deep personal sacrifice on the part of Strug, who vaulted a second time and stuck the landing, despite having an injured ankle. It was Strug’s second vault that won the U.S. team their gold that year. It’s true that the ’96 team didn’t win any individual gold medals, or totally dominate the competition like the Fierce Five did this past summer. It’s also probably true that the Fierce Five are better overall gymnasts. But where the Fierce Five fell short was in their personality and their support of one another. The U.S. team medal seemed an afterthought to the Fierce Five, who clearly (did you see Wieber’s tears?) were out to win the individual medals. Like I said, I will always greatly admire the skill and abilities of the Fierce Five. But the Magnificent Seven’s tremendous support of one another and willingness to sacrifice personal gains for the sake of the team will always make them the best U.S. gymnastics team in my book, and the only one worth the hype that the Fierce Five received.
— Andrea

Fierce Five

Underrated

Revolution

Ever since the cult series Lost wrapped up its mind-blowing final season in 2010 (RIP), networks have been trying in vein to recapture the mystical, captivating aura that its episodes brought to viewers week after week. Each season, shows like FlashForward and The Event appear in the Fall TV lineup, each season I watch them with high expectations, and each season they inevitably fail. The problem with trying to recreate Lost is that even its most devout fans can’t quite put their finger and what kind of show it was. Equal parts sci-fi and drama with heavy characterization and a shit-ton of WTF, Lost was just crazy enough to make sense. When Revolution premiered this past September, I began watching with a cynic’s eye. I was nearly positive that the show would be another thinly veiled attempt to recreate the Lost magic (and the Lost ratings). I’m happy to humbly admit that I was wrong. Where Revolution has gone right is not even minutely trying to recapture the complex conspiracy and mythology-based theology of Lost. While it still employs the same flashback techniques by which viewers gain perspective and insight about the multifaceted characters on the show, that’s where the similarities end. (Ok fine, I take it back, Elizabeth Mitchell does some superb acting on both shows as well.) The series’ concept – trying to survive and find family in a world where electricity and technology have died and local militias have taken over – is frightening in its symbolism. There are no supernatural elements in Revolution. There is no time travel, smoke monster, hatch or polar bear. What remains is a show that is stark in its realism, timely in its concept, and enthralling in its dramatic storyline. While it’s too soon to say if Revolution will stick around for consecutive seasons, I hope it does. There’s still a Lost-shaped hole in my heart, but with Revolution around, that hole doesn’t hurt quite as much.
— Andrea

Revolution

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  1. Over/Underrated 2015 – Part Three | prettyandink - January 9, 2016

    […] that tried to measure up to Lost such as FlashForward and Revolution (which made our underrated list in 2012) had plots that, while creative, were simply too self-involved to sustain viewers’ attention […]

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