Somehow Television Got Stupider: New Discovery Series "Amish Mafia"
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Somehow Television Got Stupider: New Discovery Series "Amish Mafia"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | November 14, 2012 | Comments ()


Rock bottom isn't a simple thing that you smack into once, it's more like an onion, layers and layers of deeper and more sob-inducing bottoms, spiraling ever downwards.

So in 2006, a homicidal jackass murdered five Amish women, and in response, a small group of Amish men banded together in order to defend their community. From what? Well if Ben Stiller was involved they would probably keep the neighborhood safe from aliens and laughter, but the reality is probably a much sadder thing if that is even possible. The Amish church has refused to sanction the group, which is about as unexpected as the Yankees overpaying for a middle aged pitcher.

Naturally, the Discovery Channel, in their quest for science and knowledge, has decided to launch a reality television show following the group, which they have dubbed the "Amish Mafia." Nevermind that one of the guys isn't even Amish, that the Amish live without electricity (and thus television), this is totally a legitimate view into Amish life. And people are totally laughing with them and not at them.

The saddest part is that there is probably a brilliant and insightful story to be told here. There's the age old story of the pacifist being driven to the edge and picking up arms at long last. There's the destruction of innocence inherent in the original crime. There's the terrible irony of men taking up arms when there is no enemy; when all the violence they can muster can never confront their real fear of a world far larger and stronger and more complex than anything in their world view. There are really powerful story elements at work here: layers of irony and tragedy. And I'm sure that a reality television crew is totally going to pick up on all that.

An early trailer has been released showcasing the theme song:

We're still waiting for confirmation that someone will throw a punch after having their ice cream pushed in their face.

(source: Cinema Blend)

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