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Day 16: Guilty pleasure show - Devil on Your Shoulder
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selannia
selannia
Day 16: Guilty pleasure show

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


Ancient Aliens
This is on The History Channel and it's a hot mess. It's a bunch of alien theorists talking about how historical sites, ancient technologies and arts, and human evolution have been influenced by some alien people visiting earth. Even with my limited knowledge of history, I can debunk half of their theories in each episode on my own. With a quick tour around the internets I can find plausible answers for the rest of their crazy.

There are forty-seven episodes of this. FORTY-SEVEN!!

The "experts" featured are trying to interpret the logic and intelligence of primitive cultures through the filter of modern technology and reasoning. The experts on this show are also about 99% white dudes. Thinking that folks in the past, mostly brown folks, couldn't figure out how to build stuff in ways they haven't figured out yet without help from another species is not only condescending, it's racist.

But, I still watch because the visuals are wonderful. They feature new footage from antiquities (Tiahuanaco!) and introduce sites I hadn't heard of, like Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. They were part of the Indus Valley Cililization located in what is now Pakistan. About 3,000 BC it was a thriving culture with several cities and Harappa alone having a population estimated at 23,000. They left no monoliths, but they had it going on with the agriculture and sound city planning that included a quality sewage system and indoor plumbing. After about 1,000 years the area was abandoned. What actually happened was it probably stopped raining enough to support the crops and folks either left or died. Some talking heads on Ancient Aliens put forth the theory that Mohenjo-Daro was destroyed in a nuclear explosion because of some rumor that skeletons found at the site exhibited high levels of radiation. This is horse shit, but they don't let facts get in the way of a good story. But I do have to thank them because without that show I wouldn't have learned about a lost culture.

Sad tru fax: the site of Harappa was significantly damaged under the British Raj when building bricks from the site were used as track ballast when building a railroad. Props to any culture that made bricks so well they could be re-purposed 4,000 years later.
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Comments
beeej From: beeej Date: March 1st, 2013 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I am loving your posts for this meme. :)
selannia From: selannia Date: March 1st, 2013 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I do tend to prattle on. It's like something comes over me.
I'm not saying it's aliens, but it's aliens.
bleukittie From: bleukittie Date: March 1st, 2013 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I may have to watch this someday when my tolerance for BS is really high.
qwentoozla From: qwentoozla Date: March 1st, 2013 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
We learned a tiny bit about Harappa in my ancient civilization class that I took ages ago, but I didn't know about the bricks being reused! That is impressive!
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