watching a look back at that kooky tv show ‘that’s incredible!’
it is remarkable looking back at the early days of extreme tv. i got to thinking about why this show, while sometimes borderline nuts, never seemed to go over the edge. you didn’t see blood and guts and broken bones. people did crazy shit, such as getting bullets shot at their heads or driving a plane through the arc de triomphe or stuffing their bodies in a tiny box.
the difference between ‘that’s incredible!’ and today’s extreme programs is that the emphasis was on success, not on fantastic failure. television shows these days prey on crashing and burning, rather than on the sheer amazement over incredible acts.
i’d much rather watch a show about human potential than one focusing on the pathetic idiocy of our species. i see enough of that every day.