Originally Posted by fjames
Yep, I agree with everything you say. That's the magic/mystery of it - why does a person accept the silliness of one show and reject the same in another? I dunno, but it must drive show and movie creators crazy, they say it all the time, how you just can't tell what will strike a chord and what won't.
Thanks a lot for saying that. I almost deleted my post several times because I thought it was off topic and that it might offend you or oink. And I agree with you on your comments. When I wrote what I did I was thinking about The Amerikans, which after two episodes I'm completely hooked on. Much of the criricism of Homeland could also apply to it, but I'm intrigued by the characters so I don't care.
Contrast that with The Following, which I was also looking forward to but so far have been disappointed by because I just can't believe any of the characters are real.I also know at least one person who gave up on Justified because he found the idea of a gunslinging U.S. Marshall too hard to accept. And he's right of course-there is no way someone like Raylan would ever exsit, or Tim, or Boyd or Wynn too, for that matter. But if you make the characters seem real, and do it with style, some can look past the basic fantasy of the premise.