Thanks to the wonderful
highway system in the San Jose area, I missed the first half of this
week's The Osbournes. The last 15 minutes of the show was about
Ozzy's birthday. He had to spend the special day out in the Midwest
on tour, and he told his family he didn't want them to go out and visit
him. Sharon and the kids fly out to be with him anyway, and we get to
view a touching dinner scene where his family surprises Ozzy and he
seems quite happy to have them there.
Laugh Out Loud
Moment: Sharon, Jack, and Kelly are hiding out in the same hotel as
Ozzy as they wait to surprise him later for dinner. Kelly and Sharon
are sitting on the bed discussing their father and Jack is standing
behind them facing the blank wall, in total Blair Witch fashion. The
ladies notice Jack standing there, staring at nothing, and ask what
he is doing. He replies, "I am in the background." That sh*t killed
In the past week
I have been terribly impressed by the fan base that this show is gathering.
Although I do not personally share the zeal for the show that most young
people seem to have, I do completely understand that The Osbournes
has jumped into full-blown phenomenon status. I mean, once you hit Access
Hollywood, you have hit it big. One thing that fans of the show
need to keep in mind is that The Osbournes is not "a day in the
life of Ozzy and his family." It is actually a meticulously edited series
of clips designed to create short, 28-minute entertaining stories. Combined
with the occasional Smashing Pumpkins song playing in the background,
you get a mini-serial that may not always be the actual truth. I take
back what I said before. The Osbournes is not a reality show,
it is a surreality show.
I say this because
during the portion of the show I saw last night, it became painfully
clear that someone other than an Osbourne was steering the feel of the
show. During the last 10 minutes, the clips jumped back and forth from
locale to locale. Strategically put together like that, they do form
a nice, well-organized family monologue, but you get an eerie feeling
that it didn't really go down like that.
Does this mean
the show is a fraud? Of course not. Does MTV succeed in crafting entertaining
mini-stories? Why yes they do. I just want viewers to understand that
they are not enjoying Ozzy Osborne's life; they are enjoying some mid-30's
MTV producer's vision of what MTV fans might find fun about Ozzy.
In other Ozzy news,
most of you probably have heard rumors of a second season. I will continue
to cover this season on Fanboy, but I don't think I can take it a second
time 'round. So Oz fans, if you would like to cover the next season
for Fanboy Planet, shoot Derek an e-mail.