How I gave up on Numb3rs

Mikey 6 comments
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How I gave up on Numb3rs

So there we were last night watching another episode of a show my partner and I have been regular viewers of for a few years now. Numb3rs is an indulgence I probably shouldn't have allowed myself in the first place. I blame the advertising leading up to the launch of the show which was slightly misleading, meaning that there was no mention of it being lame.

For the uninitiated, the premise surrounds Professor Charlie Watts, a mathematical genius who helps his FBI brother Don solve crimes by applying mathematical principals to evidence. If you think it sounds like complete BS then your assessment is correct. But any show with a premise like that is cat-nip for geeks, and I just couldn't resist.

As much as I like Professor Charlie Watts, when ever he starts babbling about how he can create a trajectory algorithm based on fluid dynamics that triangulates the whereabouts of a criminal (I kid you not), I usually tune out to avoid losing IQ points. There is irony in that he makes things sound very high-tech and impressive but in reality the viewer's brain becomes a little mushier.

I am almost certain I have stuck with it as long as I did because of the compelling sub-plot about his complex relationship with his Father and Brother, something I can relate too, and the soul searching self realisation shenanigans carried out by the loveable Dr Larry Fleinhardt, something we can all relate too.

But that sub-plot was revisited less and less to the point I forget it existed, and all we are left with is a techno-babble try-hard affair desperately trying to sound hip towards a demographic that, well frankly knows better. I know better, and considering how much of a hard time I give Die Hard 4.0 for being technically challenged I should be ashamed for this indulgence.

I'm moving on. It was fun while it lasted!

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Tuesday 13th May 2008 | 10:45 PM

Sorry Mike but it only took me one ep!

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Tuesday 13th May 2008 | 11:18 PM

I'm with Mark - I gave up within minutes of the start of first episode, when it became obvious that an someone with a bachelor in creative writing had come up with the "maths" in the show, rather than someone with a bachelor in science or maths.

Around when he started talking about using swarm theory to predict (down to the metre) where a killer was going to be and what colour his skin would be when he got there, was the moment I decided "no more for me".

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Wednesday 14th May 2008 | 01:23 AM

Darn I lead a boring life... Volunteer days at the local zoo, river cleanups, walking trail rebuilding and assisting senior house hold repairs. Add to that doing my own yard work, vehicle washing and home maintenance after work then throwing in an occasional family canoe or camping trip all a waste of time. I just could have been watching the idiot box to experience all those complex relationship(s).

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Wednesday 14th May 2008 | 06:03 AM

Oh great Mike, so they're only viewer has stopped watching.

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Phillip J Fry

Wednesday 14th May 2008 | 07:48 AM

OK i'll come to your defence. It hooked me in something about it prevented me from looking away. If I missed an episode it was like missing out on a hit of crack. I quit cold turkey after season 3. I knew watching it was wrong but I've kicked it for good now and I'm glad to see someone else do the same. More time for real shows now!

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Wednesday 14th May 2008 | 02:45 PM

Michael, you wasted 2 hours of your precious time on Die Hard (as you said in the article) and 4 hours writing the article and comments. You are doing the same with Numb3rs too. No pun intended. :P But I enjoyed reading both of the articles you wrote. hehe

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