Babies roll over. Ok, most do eventually. Then they discover that they can pull ourselves around. One day they bend their knees and movement begins, often backwards first. Eventually they get up on our feet and the applause smiles and general delight means that when they fall, which they will, it certainly seems worth getting up again. With a personal cheer squad in place the baby now begins to venture into the world that surround them. A home that is not baby-proof soon will be; they explore and then one day they discover they can run. The baby can walk. Everything has changed. Forever.
On the TV show ‘House’ there is a whole lot of walking and talking. Up and down corridors. Between rooms and clinics. Much consultation happens during these walks. . Mobile/Cell phones are not so important but the walking and talking is – its part of the process of thinking by the characters and we are invited to join in, at least the thinking part. Insight is gained
‘White Collar’ is another example where there is much perambulation and discussion. As Neal Caffrey (played by a very well dressed Matt Bomer) and Agent Peter Burke (played by Tim DeKay) walk around New York (personally I think the NYC Landscape ought to get a Credit) there is an implied invitation to walk and think with them. The ongoing sub-plot of will Neal or won’t Neal also requires us to think. Possibly beyond the TV show viewing.
‘Warehouse 13’ on the other hand is more thinking than walking. However, you do need an Anglo-American European background to get the points of reference in this case referred to as an artifact. Then there is walking. Maybe even some running. If you have a, let’s say Asian background you probably will not get the subtle or not so subtle references. (a friend has been watching this series with a highly educated adult Asian student. Significantly the program has to be paused for cultural explanations, not the plot just the historical item info). For the rest of us history becomes a tad spooky as we think our way through episodes and phantasmagorical suspense at the end of seasons.
‘EUReKA’ seemed of be more about doing things rather than walking. And about out smarting big brother, if only we knew who he or she or it was. (Really though, I’d like a ‘Sarah’ in my home) Plus there is the risk of being in a parallel world and the whole nothing was just illusion.
When ’24’ premiered we, as an audience were riveted. Jack was on the clock to save the world. It was an all action packed drama. I asked a teenager what is the one thing that means this programme could not have been made 5/10 years ago? Yes the mobile/cell phone.There was walking, but we were not really invited to join. We were observers only.
Walking is important. It get us to places. It brings us back. We get to see our world, the world, while walking. We take it for granted. We might not take our feet for granted – especially if we walk a long way, or run hard, or wear the wrong shoes. Apart from your feet, our knees are a relevant part of walking. Mess with them and you are in trouble not matter how good your feet are.
Our mind can help us overcome issues our feet, legs and knees may have with regard to the process of walking. After an accident Mrs G was told she would be a paraplegic forever and never walk again. Yes. Right. That is what they said. The experts. She has walked for many years now, certainly with a couple of sticks but she walks. She thinks. She teaches. She is upright and moving. Just put her in a shopping mall and see what she can do.
Do walking and thinking have to go together, does either make the other easier?
Years ago Lord Laurence Olivier rather unexpectedly made an television commercial.It was for the Polaroid camera (it came somewhere between film cameras and digital)
He had a melodic velvet voice. The product was innovative and modern. The advertisement was in black and white. There was the man and the Camera. No text appeared on the screen. Simple. Powerful. Evocative. Beyond promoting the camera it made one think. Lord Olivia remained seated during the advertisement. He was not walking.
He was however asking us to think.
Thinking is a good thing. Television programmes can apparently encourage us to think. Or at the very least invite us to do so. Walking and thinking are a good combination.
There needs to be more of both. Both are necessary. But not always at the same time.