Saturday, January 26, 2013

What Buckwild taught me about life



MTV has somewhat of a talent for churning out really dumb reality shows about equally dumb and otherwise unimportant people. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh; after all, I did enjoy Laguna Beach back in the day, and a lot of the kids on that show were actually all right. Teen Mom is full of annoying, childish girls, but I plant myself in front of the TV every Monday night to watch it anyway. And even Snooki has become a bit more tolerable since becoming a mom.

Please don't tell anyone I said something nice about Snooki. (source)

The network's newest show, Buckwild, is a bizarre combination of Jersey Shore, Laguna Beach, and Jackass. I should also mention that it takes place in West Virginia, the same state where all of the Wrong Turn movies have been set. (I should clarify that there is absolutely nothing wrong with West Virginia or its residents, though I'm not sure the show exactly gives the state a good name.)
I started watching the show a couple of weeks ago, when I was still recovering from wisdom teeth removal and my brain couldn't really handle anything too intellectually stimulating. It took me several viewings just to figure out what exactly the show was about and why I should care. It reminds me of the famous "car accident" simile: You want to look away, you know you probably should look away, but for some reason you just keep staring.
And hey, the show does have some good points. In last week's episode, one particular cast member, a cute blonde named Shae, was front and center. After multiple alleged cheating incidents, Shae has finally broken things off with her loser boyfriend, Jesse, and is now single and ready to mingle. She ends up going to a birthday party for another cast member, Joey, where they hook up. Joey is a cute kid; MTV's website describes him as having a "Justin Bieber haircut," and he seems interesting enough. But for whatever reason, it just might not be in the cards for them. After their night out, Joey calls Shae and asks to hang out again. "It's not your birthday," she replies. "So no."
But Joey isn't too shaken up by this. "Sometimes you've got to fail to succeed," he insists.
Now, maybe Joey really wasn't that into Shae to begin with, or maybe he knows he can easily find another girl who actually wants to hang out with him. Or maybe he's just got the right attitude. So many people refuse to go after the things (or, in this case, people) they really want for fear of failure. And failure is really scary, as is success -- what if you can't live up to people's expectations? But you have to fail to succeed sometimes, so you're either going to a.) Fail a few times and later succeed, if you persist or b.) Not try anything and fail by default. Or, worst case scenario, you could continuously fail until you finally throw in the towel, or succeed and not live up to expectations and end up failing anyway. But is that really so much worse than sitting around on the couch doing nothing?

I haven't watched the latest episode yet, but the previews suggest that Shae finally does give Joey a chance after all. So, you know, persistence does pay off sometimes.

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