Remember the Nineties? When “cutting edge” producers wrestled with the idea of a dystopian future made up of a glutted techno-consumption culture that couldn’t stop itself from eating, hacking and shitting, and TV shows fronted by army generals who bet on the life on some young buck who gets his dudey vengeance at the end and the sexy girl to boot. “Watch out,” they said. “In the future, entertainment kills, man.”
 
After a good decade of being repeatedly thrown a metal plate of shit off through the hatch which audiences are expected to dine on – ANOTHER series of Big Brother and endless US shows like Storage Wars (one of the few times you’ll see American working-class people on the telly, and you’re supposed to laugh) – our appetite for current reality pretended right in front of us has taken in one of our worse flavours of the 21st-century: war.
 
This week NBC debuted Stars Earn Stripes.
 
 
They get trained up by ex-Navy Seals, Green Berets and Gulf War operatives to blow stuff up, for real. The celebrity force includes Jessica Simpsons’ ex, Nick Lachey, Todd (husband of Sarah) Palin and Terry Crews, filling the role of hard-talkin’ ghetto jive from every Vietnam film ever made. Shit gon get even realer.
 
In a brilliant moment Lachey asks: “Why did I let me agent talk me into this?” Because none of you have careers or talent, Nick?
 
There’ll be tears, some laughter and plenty of talk over strings about good ole American Joe fighting the good fight in the Middle East. Humbling, they’ll say.
 
We should all be humbled. NBC have made all those Starship Troopers mock-adverts from way back when almost come true.
 
 
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