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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Out of time

You don't know what's going on. You've been away for far too long.

I just finished watching ER. The entire show was devoted to a drunk in the last moments of his life. The drunk was played by Ray Liota. And, very convincingly, I should add.

We learn about the drunk's life. He started drinking when his young wife was killed on their son's birthday. In the following years he managed to fuck up his life to the point where he spent time in prison; he lost all contact with his son; he ended up as a middle-aged vagrant.

We learn about the drunk's death. It is anything but peaceful. And, his son won't come to see him.

I've known three people who have died of this illness. All women. All with school age children.

Oh, damn. I can't stop crying.

You're out of touch, my baby. My poor discarded baby.... You're out of time.

The show opened and closed with this haunting Rolling Stones song.

Posted by Marie at October 27, 2005 10:14 PM

Comments

I saw that show when it originally aired last season. It was an amazing performance by Ray Liota. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it again tonight however. Too painful.

While we see his life as tragic at its end, we also are forced to examine our own life choices.

ER can often fall into the primetime soap opera mode but it also occasionally has some really excellent drama.

The show’s treatment last season (or the season before) on the realities of African civil wars and the AIDS epidemic there were more informative and revealing than a hundred 60-second cable news segments.

Posted by: Dave at October 27, 2005 11:14 PM