|‘The Game’ upsets loyal viewers in premiere|
|Written by Ariana Taylor, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:41|
“The Game,” a drama-filled television series concerning the lives of fictional NFL players, was once cancelled and restored through the power of its fans. However, it is now returning for its fifth season and is receiving mixed reviews from supporters.
In 2006, the sitcom premiered on The CW capturing the attention of viewers who were interested in watching real-life situations appear on screen. Issues such as drug abuse, divorce, single-parenting and occupational effects on relationships were prominent factors within the beginning series.
Melanie Davis, played by Tia Mowry, who is an aspiring doctor, struggles with maintaining her high school sweetheart Derwin Davis, played by Pooch Hall, the San Diego Sabers’ wide receiver. Although these two individuals possess the same ultimate goal of being married, they both struggle with maintaining a healthy relationship due to the constant tug of war of fulfilling each other’s wants and needs. Melanie wants more time for her studies as opposed to Derwin who wants more support from Melanie while he is on the field. It is as if they are playing against time. Their individuality becomes compromised and the question becomes, how much are they willing to sacrifice to save their relationship?
In 2009, the show was suddenly cancelled due to financial cuts and in result many upset fans took out time to write letters to the cast and producers, petitioning for the show to return. The following year, the tremendous amount of support enabled the well-liked show to live on and BET, Black Entertainment Television, became its new home.
However, in this new season, the lives of the pre-dominantly African-American cast are collectively surrounded by issues typically faced within the hip-hop culture, such as lack of self-esteem, deception and materialism. It comes as no surprise to me that the show has become more theatrical and less tasteful since it has changed networks.
It is apparent to me that the writers and producers of the once enjoyable TV series feel the need to compete with other popular, classless shows such as VH1’s "Basketball Wives" or MTV’s "Jersey Shore." More fights and profanity have been incorporated into the script.
"The Game’s" last episode from season four ends with Derwin asking his girlfriend, “The abortion, Melanie, was it mine?”
Fans will soon realize that the once relatable comedy has transformed into another scripted dramatic show that portrays six lives tainted by the NFL.
I will not ruin the episode by telling you its plot, but I will say to not waste your Tuesdays watching this program. Go to Buffalo Wild Wings instead, enjoy 45 cent wings and watch real NFL players.