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One week to the new season ;) Not that I needed to tell anyone that, but still.
Sick, Sad News:
I just recently got the Daria video, now that it's available on-line. Unfortunately, I feel the need to ramble about it now.
First, I wasn't too impressed with the pilot, "Sealed with a kick." I can't believe they got this show off the ground with this, but I'm glad they did.
My real problem with the thing comes from the other episodes, the ones they televised. I didn't notice any missing bits (that would have really ticked me off), but I didn't notice any new ones either. This means that they've probably been broadcasting the whole shows, and not cutting anything. This seems rather unusual, unless it's standard policy at MTV to make the shows short and pad them out with commercials. Given the length of the commercial breaks, this is quite likely. They only show the intro once and the credits once, which doesn't bug me. They, of course, stick a couple commercials on before the show starts.
There was one real problem I had with the video, though.
All those little music clips they use were replaced by stock
music. MTV's having trouble getting permission to use clips
in their stuff? Maybe they had to cut it because they're making
a direct profit off the video. (Not that selling commercial
time during the broadcast isn't going to make them money, but since
when have lawyers cared about common sense?) The only bit of
non-stock music I caught was during part of Brittany's college fantasy,
with "The Female of the Species." Since half of it was replaced
(the part with singing), I'm assuming they simply missed this one.
This is a really cheap cop-out, everything we've come to expect from MTV. If they don't do something about this, there really is no reason to buy the video unless you can't tape the show for some reason. As of now, the only other reason I can see buying the video and any other ones they come out with (the second set of three is supposed to be out soon) is to have a complete collection. The video quality isn't noticeably better than an SP recording off cable, there's nothing new, and this stock music is incredibly obnoxious. Is this the first sign of MTV Execs getting interested in the show? Let's hope not.