Ramadan TV shows always make a fuss with people. Whether they are against it or with it, we all talk about it at the start of every Ramadan. I am currently watching one TV show only which is Omar. OTher than that I have seen an episode here and there just to see what the fuss is all about.
For Example, if you were on Twitter yesterday form 3:30 – 4:30 then you would know what happened in Saher Al-Layl even if you did not watch. I knew that the episode was about the start of the Iraqi invasion. So I watched that episode to see what the fuss. Of course I checked out Twitter. The hatred was every where, from Kuwaitis, Iraqis and the conversation went on to sects and the hatred circle widened.
Now, many of us lived through the invasion and have seen many disturbing things happen to Kuwaiti and the people. At the same time there will always be people who will defend Sadam. The world will never unite on one opinion. So, a war that supposedly ended 22 years ago is still going on in our minds. See we keep thinking about the pain and the suffer. Yet we are not looking at what’s happening to Kuwait now. A TV show is not the thing that will not make us forget what happened. It’s those Kuwaitis who died for us. It those POWs that defended our lands. I am sure those people would think that Kuwait is now in a better place. Yet it’s not. We live in denial and the hate yesterday proved it.
Secondly, there were many documentaries before. Why is Saher Al-Layl the one that triggered all this fuss? Of course all Kuwaiti shows cover the the following most important issues in the Kuwaiti society:
• Cheating Husband
• A drunk/addict son
• Love from one side (yet end up married)
• Brothers fight over money
• Families who hate each other
• A sick person
The list goes on. Now tell me is Kuwait full of dysfunctional families? Now mix that with the patriotic feelings of the invasion. If I would see a TV show about the invasion I would like to see real people who died for their country. Their stories and what they did during the war. Not someone who stalks his cousin who was about to get married and by taking a wild guess he will be marrying her after the war. Predictable.
Another show I saw a couple of episodes is Banat Al-Jam3a “University Girls”. This by far was the stupidest show I have seen. They made the University look like a place from hell. Of course they talked about the new haba about body building, girls hating on each other. Guys sitting in the gahwa smoking shisha (smokeless somehow). Yet what really made it climb that high mountain are the catch phrases used. WOW, just pure wow. Oh and the uncensored rap music.
On top of that, we see the same exact actors over 10 different shows. Instead of maybe making people audition for roles like any good series. We also need a Kuwaiti J.J. Abrams, someone who creates some mystery/sci-fi series that take place around Kuwait. Using some great special effects. Or maybe a comedy sitcom that actually makes you laugh and isn’t about “imitating celebrities and figures”. Maybe one day we will compete with Turkish and Us series.
We lack in creativity when it comes to creating series. On top of that I have to watch one ad 4 times in one break because it’s all about the money. Of course I do not blame them, series like these made a big fuss.