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There are a few tv series that I watch, and I've noticed that in nearly all of them there are people behaving in a very ugly fashion towards eachother... in the last week I've watched episodes of Quantico, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot and Poldark. And in there, there were scenes of death threats, torture, rape, killing, blackmail, deceit, imprisonment, poisoning, people burning alive, human trafficking as well as a few gunfights, sword battles and near-drownings.
And these are popular, critically well-regarded series. It makes me wonder, do I have really atrocious taste? Or is it really not safe anymore to watch prime time tv without being confronted with the darkest side of human nature? Literally for half an hour afterwards I felt affected, tense, slightly disgusted, and also alert and stimulated. These are not positive signs.
It just seems as if people are no longer content with villains, they have to see their heroes in the most terrible circumstances. It used to be that these kinds of shenanigans were restricted to rated movies, I remember when The French Connection was shocking. I'm seriously thinking of restricting my viewing to carefully selected documentaries, talk shows, and kids movies.