How I gave up on Numb3rsMikey 6 comments
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!