Australian dramas are 2 lame [WTF?]

Into my inbox this morning came a press release declaring that next week production begins on the second season of Showtime’s Satisfaction… only they’re not calling it “Satisfaction‘s second season”, they’re calling it “Satisfaction 2“.

The second season of Sea Patrol was also called Sea Patrol 2. What is this burgeoning Australian obsession with adding “2” to titles? It’s not like you get Lost 4 or Heroes 3.

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2 Responses to “Australian dramas are 2 lame [WTF?]”

  1. It’s simple. It’s because they’re amazed to get a second series, and the network wants something “fresh” and “edgy”.

    Sea Patrol‘s been done, man” they whine “Give us something new.”

    “Here,” says producer “It’s Sea Patrol 2: Naughty Times On The High Seas*”.

    *later renamed The Coup.

  2. As an American who has gotten hooked on this show I have to say I just laugh at how non-American it is.

    Of course it is non-American as it is made of, by and for Australians, so I wouldn’t expect or want it to be anything but Australian in mentality. And I do appreciate the realism that they approach how the Australian Navy actually does things.

    But what I mean about laughing at how non-American the show is it like you have them go after some ship that they suspect is doing something like I don’t know drug running, running guns, illegal fishing or whatever and they yell out a warning for the ship to stop so they can be boarded. And, then if they are “really” serious they might fire some warning shots 20 meters or so in front of the ship but after that if the ship doesn’t slow down it’s like oh well we have tried, guess that’s all we can do.

    Why would the people on the suspected ship be afraid of some warning shots if they know that the ship won’t take it to the next level? They would know it is a big bluff on the part of the Australian Navy

    At least during the first season when they do board a ship the boarding party didn’t even carry firearms. I found that hilarious.

    Again, I appreciate the realism in how they really respond but if it was the American Navy or Coast Guard we wouldn’t stop at “warning shots”.

    I remember one show where they retreated from boarding an illegal fishing ship just because the crew was throwing stuff at them and pushing them away with sticks.

    Trust me, try that with a US Coast Guard ship and you will get a boatload of bullets.

    And it so often seems that to have drama in the show they have the Navy personnel do some of the dumbest of things. For example when they have civilians on board they give them the run of the ship without any supervision or at the very least don’t watch them as closely as they should.

    I think I enjoy the show just because of the stupidity shown in it. Again, I am glad they do show how the Australian Navy really works, but their “stop or we will yell stop again” attitude just makes the show so damn funny.

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