What is it about car chases that we find so compelling?
There was another car chase today, this time in Houston, Texas. And ... everytime the national News networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) break into coverage of one, everyone at the office stops what they're doing. With eyes glued to the TV today, we watched, talked amongst ourselves and tried to provide constructive advice to the police cars chasing the bad guy in the white van.
We scream out to the police: "Oh man! Why didn't you side-swipe the maniac? Flatten his tires with that spike strip! Come on! You can do it!"
We ask all kinds of questions ...
Will this crazy person get away? What can the Police do to improve their situation? What got the bad guy into this high-speed chase in the first place? What compelled him to drive at high speeds through busy traffic and what compelled the bad guy, or one of them, to jump off a roof to another roof 40 feet below?
Meanwhile, Shepard Smith always seems to be starting his shift at Fox News. The tone in his voice always seems upbeat as he provides play-by-play. It seems like he, more so than any other person, enjoys these things. That's probably not true, but the tone in his voice suggests otherwise. He called today's bad guy Mr. Speedy. It's laughable.
Also, it appears to me that these car chases typically occur in South Florida, Los Angeles and Texas.
Does that mean bad people are doing more bad things in these locales?
Inevitably, the good guys get their man (or woman in some instances), which is good. However, I would love to have someone explain to me why we are so interested in these damn things.
Regardless, it truly is compelling television. I can't wait for the next one. I hope the police always get the bad guy and I hope the innocent bystanders stay safe.