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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

March 16, 1998

--- Review ---

Dawson's Creek is up one, without a paddle

Tattoo Staff Writer

The theme of the show is sex. 'Dawson's Creek'
follows the lives of four very horny high school
The main character is Dawson. His best friend is
a girl named Joey. The two realize they are too
old to have their innocent friendly sleepovers. 
And now Joey is in love with her life-long best
Dawson likes the new girl, Jen. In the first
episode she lies and says she is a virgin. But
in a later episode she reveals that she has
slept around.  Joey is jealous of her.

Dawson's other friend, Pacey, is in a
relationship with his English teacher, Miss
Jones, or Tamara. Every time the teacher says
their relationship is "getting too dangerous,"
they have sex immediately after.

In a recent episode, they went to court and
Pacey denied the relationship.
This show, which recently came out, airs Tuesday
nights on the WB network at 9 p.m. The hour-long
show is about the sex lives of every character
that comes into play.

Dawson's mom cheats on her husband with her co-
anchor at work. Joey's sister is unmarried and
just had a baby boy. Pacey lies to Tamara and
tells her that his older brother, who likes
Tamara, is gay.
As a sophomore myself, this doesn't seem like
the typical life of a teen. Sure, teens think,
talk about, and/or have sex. But most people
don't make a living out of it. Most teens have
school taking up a major part of their lives.
The only importance that seems to be put on
school in this show is trying to keep the
teacher-student sexual relationship on the down
low. This may be typical of Bristol Central, but
I doubt it's the norm.

I hope the writers and producers of this show
weren't trying to teach teenagers something. I
think it is a very negative portrayal of teenage
life.  Life isn't all about sex!  There's enough
of that on television. After all the hype they
made about the show, they could have at least
made it something worthwhile (and have some
actors who look like they're about 15).
If your're bored and want to escape from your
own life for a while -- and can take some wit --
then watch the show.  I'm not saying it isn't
entertaining.  But if you limit your TV watching
to only useful programs, then stay on the other
side of the creek.

If producers of 'Dawson's Creek' wanted to make
a program about teenagers for a high school
audience, they should have at least consulted
some of us to make it decent and realistic.    

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