Oh, one thing I forgot to convey: this newly-formed axis is an axis of evil, to use the parlance of our times. Undoubtedly, much like an actual axis of evil, this fictional axis of evil is capable of producing weapons of mass destruction.
Indeed, if such heinous alliances were possible, and had destructive powers, those powers would culminate in a show called Coupling. What is Coupling? Why, its the terrible new show on NBC. I would tell you when this show airs, but in doing so, I may unconsciously give you incentive to watch it, and that would be truly heinous.
Coupling (whose working title was When Yuppies Cocoon) has received large amounts of publicity due to its sexual content. Let me make it clear that I do not have any problem with sexual references. Coupling is on late enough that young children probably wont be watching it. What I do object to is rampant stupidity and lack of originality. If lameness and cribbing from better shows were an alternative energy source that could be used to replace petroleum, then Coupling could power the entire Western hemisphere.
The show depicts six friends and their romantic escapades. These stereotypical characters are simply not worth caring about. I made a bet with a friend on whether or not the blonde character was going to be the slutty one. Not surprisingly, my friend did not take this bet, because he knew I would win. Of the males, we get the sensitive one, the jerk, and the dumb one. Hmm, where have I seen that configuration? Besides everywhere, I mean.
There are also political stereotypes too. Remember the male jerk character? Hes a Republican. One of the women is open-minded and sensitive, but Im afraid shes a bit loopy, and not all that bright. (Because there is no such thing as a nice Republican, or an intelligent Progressive). No, that would involve a show with thought. We wouldnt want that!
Controversy is a peculiar thing. In order for something to be controversial to me, it needs to make me think. Coupling is explicit about the sexual habits of its characters, but I found most of the explicitness empty, shallow, obvious, and reeking of cynicism. Is it really that shocking to people to suggest on a television show that a woman has a vibrator, as Coupling does? If you stopped watching the T.V., actually got out and had a meaningful conversation with a woman, I bet you would discover this exact information eventually, and it would not be a big deal. I know its just a comedy show, but is it that unreasonable to want characters we can relate to?
Some may find a show like Coupling provocative or taboo-breaking, but it does so in a manner lacking any intelligence and thought. But to be honest and fair, Coupling did make me think of one question to ask myself: Who watches this garbage?