I have been watching the old series “Glades” on Netflix.
It is amusing, but not great. It is occasionally annoying.
- It has the most blatant and annoying product placement for KIA I have ever seen.
In one episode, the lead character is catching a ride with the lead female character and looks over his shoulder. She says, “What”? He says, “I just never noticed that. Third row seating!!”. She says, “It comes in handy when I pick up the kid from soccer practice and have to give a ride to his friends”.
Another episode, the geek intern is told to retrieve the boss’s car. He jumps in another KIA. Looks down at the push button start. Touches the button and says, “push button start. SWEET!”. Seriously? Does anyone get excited about starting their car? When I was a teenager, I used to get excited that my car would start in the winter because it was never a certainty that it would. But any car today that doesn’t reliably start every single time, gets a metaphorical bullet in its metaphorical forehead. Push buttons are not new, creative, or even useful ways of starting your car. Many moons ago, you turned the key to the “on” position and then mashed down on the starter button on the dash panel or on the floor board.
2. More anti-gun snobbery. Even though the series is set in Florida, I am pretty sure it is written in California and all the actors, directors, writers, stage crews and caterers are ignorant about guns. A whole episode is built around catching a guy for selling illegal guns that aren’t registered. OOOPS. Florida doesn’t have gun registration. You couldn’t register them if you wanted to. Once again, a gun finds its way into the hands of a kid who “accidentally” shoots his HS coach. The psychotic kid is a figure for sympathy. The retail gun salesman is an evil demon who deserved to die. The lead character swears he will hunt him down forever, etc. They make a big deal about filing the serial numbers off the guns to make them “untraceable”. But in reality, all guns are untraceable. All a serial number or registration does is tie the weapon back to at least one lawful owner. It says nothing about who used the weapon in a crime. Turns out, the guns all came from the police evidence locker. The evidence custodian cries about how he has been doing that job for decades and it doesn’t matter. There are always more guns on the street. The problem isn’t the number of guns on the street. It’s the number of criminals on the street. But police can’t be expected to know that. Later in the episode we learn that the gun seller was “on the BATFE radar” as being involved in shady sales practices. But it seems some parts of law enforcement are totally incapable of preventing crime. The best they can hope for is document it once it happens and then collect more fes from people who didn’t commit crimes.
3. In a different episode, they trace a gun used in a homicide through the registration to the perp. Again, there is no gun registration in Florida.
Overall, the main character is a smarmy hot stud of a guy who is hopelessly smitten with a married woman. Married to a guy who is in jail. She doesn’t apply for a divorce until season 2 ends. In reality, smarmy hot studly single guys with Bowflex bodies don’t need to put up with getting jerked around by married women who can’t decide what is best for her kid, while working two jobs and going to medical school (while paying for her new KIA mom van).