"Ally McBeal" Episode Comparison

Essay by meatizmurderUniversity, Master's April 2006

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Our society seems to be somewhat infatuated with the general idea of 'sex'. In these two episodes of Ally McBeal, most of the main characters throughout the episode are involved in some sort of a sexual dilemma. Not saying that this is a bad thing or anything like that - but this simply shows that we as Americans thrive on certain sexual dilemmas. We would like to think what we think is 'normal' and is very 'real.' However, I think media in general directs us in how we think what we think.

Everything in both episodes was well produced. The lighting and color balancing for the different scenes set up the attitude for that particular scene. I thought a good example of this is when Glenn and Jenny were sitting in Jenny's office on the floor talking about their relationship. They were having a heart-to-heart conversation that many people can compare with.

I don't think the lighting could've been any better. It was very delicate. There was a subtle gleam of light coming through the windows onto the floor where they were sitting. I found this be very calming to the conversation.

When thinking of the time to show these two particular episodes, the producers and directors decided 'why not the premiers when potentially the most people will be watching.' This could show that through the media we are set up to believe some of the most realistic or even unrealistic things that justify our everyday lives.

I thought the realism of the plots maybe differed to the extent of believability, but both surrounded the idea of sexual relationships. I can't find myself believing everything that happened in "Car Wash," but I can in "Telephone." The whole making eye contact and then having sex, then being in the wedding,