I’ve been catching episodes of Nip/Tuck off and on all summer as they replay the past three seasons. There is something so lurid and horny about the whole show that I enjoy. It isn’t really violent as far as lots of people getting killed – but the fusion of plastic surgery, vanity, pretty people, ugly souls and generally self-destructive sex makes for a show I feel awful for watching but totally enjoy. Last night was the finale of Season 3 where they reveal who the Carver serial killer is in a 24-worthy showstopper combining castration, incest, transgender, mutilation, rape and bigotry. And there’s a sense of coolness pervading the whole show – it is twisted like an Oliver Stone or Tarantino movie but those films always have a lot of ‘heat’ in the imagery and editing – this has a slightly disconnected quality – a little Lynch-ish. I think some might argue the show is misogynist – but I think it is misanthropic: it finds disgust with everybody.
Further, I just downloaded the album from Goldfrapp that has the ‘Strict Machine’ song on it that is featured in the Nip/Tuck commercials (as well as the ads for the Chocolate phone). ‘Strict Machine’ (lyrics) would be a great flipside to NIN’s ‘Metal’ (lyrics) and then combine it with the Bjork video for ‘All is Full of Love’ with the robots making love. I think ‘Strict Machine’ was a remix when Ron and I were in Hawaii last year – but I confused it for some older song.