"Downfall is a new, hybrid, high-stakes field game show where fearless contestants have to fight and focus hard to keep their winnings from falling off the side of a building."Now I have nothing against game shows. Nor people winning $1 million for knowing obscure factoids. Nor shows set on the top of buildings. I'm even ok with bad quotes from show runners. But I do have something against mega-corporations destroying perfectly good stuff -- cars, lawn mowers, washing machines -- all in the name of ratings.
ABC execs might not know this, but the economy is in the tank. There are a lot of people struggling out there to find work, work that might ultimately help them buy a desperately-needed new car, lawn mower or washing machine. I'm not suggesting that rather than demolish these durable goods ABC donate the stuff to charity instead (although that would be nice). I recognize this would certainly change the show's tone and render Scott Ferrall -- the voice of every monster truck and tractor pull -- useless here. But there has to be something other than the televised equivalent of "Let them Eat Cake."
Maybe I'm over analyzing this. Maybe I shouldn't be so concerned about what a silly game show does. And maybe people like seeing brand new stuff get destroyed. But I can't help but wonder whether this is programming gone down the wrong path. I'm sure Louis XVI didn't think his conspicuous consumption during economic turmoil was a big deal. And I'm sure that Marie Antoinette just thought she was looking out for every Frenchman's dietary interests. But we all know what happened next.
Come to think of it, maybe Downfall is exactly what this show should be called.