Few days ago, while Im sitting in doctor waiting room, I watched Indonesian TV show a.k.a sinetron. I forgot what is the title but I remember whose the actor/actress are, Marshanda and Baim Wong (one of popular actress/actor in Indonesia). Its the first time I watched sinetron after long time never see one.
A word in mind : PATHETIC
Watch it made me so tired, in Indonesia slang we said “Cape Deh”
I couldn’t stop complaining and criticizing.
In English, sinetron called soap opera, but I think that’s not exact translation, so we just called it sinetron. What is soap opera? A soap opera, sometimes called “soap” for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on television or radio. A crucial element that defines soap opera is the open-ended nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. The defining feature that makes a program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is “that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative. Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode” (Link).
What is sinetron? Sinetron or electronic cinema (sinema elektronik) is term for drama series aired by television broadcast. Storyline of sinetron usually based on daily life with complex and long conflict. Because of the commercial purposes, sinetron could have hundred of episodes, and can cause quality degradation. Sinetron no longer had educational factor, simply just entertaining. And the worst thing is the theme is always the same. Same storyline, just different detail. The longest sinetron is Tersanjung (356 ep) produced by Multivison Plus, aired from 1998-2005.
Nowadays, sinetron is daily. But, years before (well, I don’t know precisely when, but maybe before 1996 – 1998) sinetron are weekly, and I think they had better quality, both storyline and acting of the actor/actress. Well, there are some “good” sinetron, ex: Dunia Tanpa Koma, Keluarga Cemara, Kiamat Sudah Dekat, Jomblo, Para Pencari Tuhan, Arisan (Its my own opinion, subjectively).
Back again, PATHETIC. I love to watch Western TV show, particularly from US. So, automatically I compare them, US and Indonesia TV series. US TV show had varies theme, even the strangers one, but still it became a very good TV series, some my fav TV series are : NCIS, Lie To Me, Leverage, CSI (NY/Miami/Las Vegas), Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, True Blood, SYTYCD, Parenthood, Bones, Private Practice, Burn Notice, Numbers, Life, JAG, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls. Well, I love almost all TV series I’ve watched.
So, basically I don’t like Sinetron. But I wish someday Sinetron could be a better one. Hope so.