Monday, November 28, 2005

Visions of Sugar Plums

I'm presently glued to the t.v. watching "Visions of New York" on PBS.

"Visions of New York" is basically visual ecstasy. In a stroke of programming genius, someone at PBS decided what people really want is a glorified screen saver. Rhapsody in Blue lingers over idyllic images of the city, while a soothing baritone occassionally comments with such witty reparte as "Here we have historic Coney Island, better get a hot dog! Yum."

Needless to say, I'm hooked. This is the city as it was meant to be seen, from the calming cockpit of a helicopter. Gone are the ever present tourists looming near Times Square. Gone are the pushy corporate types getting in your way downtown. Gone are...well, pretty much everyone. "Visions of New York" doesn't appear to have any visions of people. It's what the city would look like if the Giuliani administration had finished removing all the homeless people, and said "Hey! Why stop there? Let's get everyone out!" The people have all been replaced by subtle narration that describes evening as "that magical time where the city goes into her nightly dance."

For a mere $79.95, one can own this world where "city lights flicker until dawn," where even the Staten Island Ferry is made to look like a wonderland cruise. Ahh. Who says reality programming is all a bust?

Ms. J


Blogger Berry said...

Personally, I love the walking tour series...I watch it over and over and over again.

10:28 PM  
Blogger J & J said...

Ooh, that sounds equally lovely.

Ms. J

6:55 AM  

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