Skip to comments."The Big C” and Gun Hatred
Posted on 06/06/2012 12:03:21 PM PDT by pabianice
The Big C is a Showtime cable network TV series created by Darlene Hunt which premiered in 2010. The shows main character is Cathy Jamison, played by Laura Linney. She is a suburban wife with a teen-aged son. Soon into the show she is diagnosed with melanoma. Soon thereafter, she enters an experimental program and enjoys remission.
This dramatic device allows her to jump the shark and start acting-out all sorts of strange, dishonest, and even destructive behavior. True to Hollywood writers who are utterly clueless about how anyone east of Los Angeles lives, Jamison then proceeds through the shows next several years as an erratic, undependable wife and mom. Her husband, well played by Oliver Platt, is a wuss who has, until he is suddenly fired, drifted through life with the cushion of corporate pay and benefits. Her son is the most realistic character of the bunch and plays as what most people expect of a teenager.
Other characters are either stereotypes or goblins. Jamisons brother is a lunatic who collects garbage, sleep outside, panhandles, is a sexual alien, and would in the real world have been involuntarily committed long ago (the show admits hes bipolar). He has an affair with Cathys college roommate who is a bitter, mean single woman. Cathys neighbor suffers from Alzheimers and kills herself in despair. Other secondary characters are a motley collection of a Hollywood writers stereotypes of the un-cool, most unattractive and boring.
Which brings us to guns. In the current story arc, Cathy, always on edge about her cancer possibly returning, suddenly desires another baby despite, or because, of the chance that the cancer will return and kill her. This is supposed to be poignant but instead simply adds to the growing number of selfish demands Cathy continues to make. She finds a young couple that cannot afford to keep their unborn baby and who agree to let Cathy and her husband adopt it. Cathy is delighted and feels that this is a new beginning for her and her family. She bashes-through an outside wall in her home with a sledge hammer in her excitement to put a window there for the new nursery. Along the way, in a disjointed story arc that only a bad writer could create, her resentment about her cancer and her fear that her husband will have an affair with a beautiful new boss turns to fury, which she dampens with daily afternoon drinking under an assumed name at a local bar.
One day the barkeeper asks her why her mood is so sour. She unloads on him, to which he replies that theres only one way to deal with that. He then pulls a gun out from underneath the bar. In other words, when you are furious, turn to a gun. They are then seen shooting at beer bottles in the woods, which Cathy immediately finds jumping-up-and-down thrilling despite her utter liberalness.
Then back to the baby story arc. After pampering the young couple and giving them thousands of dollars she learns that there is no baby and that she has been scammed. Does she confront them with the facts? Does she turn to the law? Does she try to shame or humiliate them? Of course not. She loads them into a car she had given her son and then takes back and drives off into the woods, where she pulls the gun on them, shoots up the forest, and terrifies them while they cower, naked, in fear. She is angry and feels aggrieved, see, so this behavior is just fine. Guns are for threatening unarmed, harmless people who have pissed you off, see. After the couple is forced to flee through the woods in their skivvies, Cathy drives back to the bar and returns the gun, confiding in the barkeeper that she cannot trust herself with it. See, guns are inhabited by evil spirits that make you do bad things.
The Big C remains popular on Showtime despite declining ratings. But the story it tells is of unpleasant, criminal, crazy, violent people who feel immune to societys rules because disease, mental illness, and financial problems have been brought into the picture. And that the title character is made to treat guns so hatefully and irresponsibly is exactly why Scott Walker won his recall fight. More and more, the Left is clueless about the country and its people. But you wouldnt know from watching TV. Yet.
Just sounds stupid to me.
Faced with a story about a woman who becomes self-indulgent when confronted with possibly fatal cancer and a man with lung cancer trying to provide for his family, I’d go with Running Bad every time.
I watched I think about 10 minutes of “C” once and decided it was Hollywood papp.
I really don’t care for Laura Linney. An unusually smug and annoying actress.
Breaking Bad has been an awesome show. It remains to be seen whether it will continue as such. I watched one or two episodes of the Big C and also decided it was nothing but a show about a self-centered drama queen.
The characters were straw-man caricatures created by minimally-talented misanthropes.
Try and get any where near Linney or any other Hollywood type. They’ve got armed private security. Hypocrites.
He is not. He was irresponsible and should be enjoined from owning a firearm. Did he 'loan' the gun to her? (Looked like a Walther). Did she 'borrow' it? When she returned it he didn't seemed surprised to see it so I'm guessing he loaned it to her. For what reason? So she could shoot up some bottles when the mood struck her? Unsupervised? Yah...right.
But to the Hollyweirds it is completely normal behavior for a Gun Nut.
But anyone who would take the role of the too-noble-to-live anti-death penalty activist in the specious anti-death penalty movie The Life of David Gale really is unsufferably smug.
I know she’s a raving lib but this guy would not kick her out of bed for eating crackers in it. She is in my top 3 of cougars. Meow!
Sometimes there’s no deeper message. Sometimes a really stupid show is simply a really stupid show.
Which leads me to ask: Why are you watching?
Maybe I'm out in left field, but it's been my experience that nobody does this. The people who make good corporate pay and benefits don't drift... they work hard. Otherwise they're out on their a$$.
smearing conservatives with Hollywood papp on a show about cancer. Hrmmm.
I dunno, wanted to jump her bones in “Absolute Power”.