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In Which I Wish People Were Better

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | February 4, 2014 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | February 4, 2014 |

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC at 8:00pm ET.

Olympic Preview Special on NBC at 8:00pm ET. Ugh. I am a big fan of the Olympics, mostly because there are very few opportunities to watch a few hours worth of sports like biathlon in my day to day life and I relish the chance to do so, but these Olympics give me a sinking feeling in my gut every time I think of them. I am, in my heart, a very quiet optimist who still tries to look upon the world as it is rather than how I would like it to be. I have known that there is corruption in the IOC, and that all of the games are marred by scandals of one kind or another but I still enjoy the chance to see the athletes I never would otherwise, and watch them achieve their biggest dreams even if they never get within sight of the medal podium. One of my favorite stories from the London games was of Nur Suryani, the Malaysian shooter who competed while eight months pregnant. She came into the game ranked 47th in the world and finished 34th. Whether it’s the more detailed coverage of the corruption and abuses in Russia or the threats on the safety of the athletes and spectators, I’m having a much harder time balancing the two contrasting sides of the games this year. Some of you will call me foolish, and I guess there’s no avoiding that, but I doubt I’m the only one struggling with this.

American Experience: The Amish Shunned on PBS at 9:00pm ET. This is a special following seven people who have left the Amish community and who have been shunned by their families and communities.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox at 9:30pm ET.

Justified on FX at 10:00pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess prefers the days when she gets to make fun of silly TV shows instead of delving into her inner thoughts in front of an audience.

Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.