Intersexions: A disappointing ending to an amazing show

2011-04-06 12:42

For the past 26 weeks, 8.30pm on a Tuesday meant one thing for local TV audiences: whip out your phones and get ready to tweet through the next episode of Intersexions.

The locally produced series took audiences through an intricate, and all too plausible, network of sexual partners and experiences.

And each week the conversations and debates raged on social media platforms with people swearing to never have unprotected sex again, while others played devil’s advocate by asking their friends the questions each episode raised.

It was a fantastic show, a great production, a talented cast and a gripping story line, and I’m pretty sure the massive social media hype didn’t hurt the ratings.

But truth be told, the much-anticipated grand finale was disappointing at best.

Narrator Akin Omatoso’s low and, after last night, sometimes sinister voice carried audiences through the previous 25 episodes as Aids personified.

Giving a voice and character to Aids was always going to be tricky. And making HIV such a cocky character made it that much harder.

In the last episode, Omatoso’s voice-over made a brilliant concept all too obvious in the attempt to spell out each conclusion the show would like audiences to draw.

My memory couldn’t help but liken the voice-over, which had now, a good 20 minutes into the show, become a deep and ongoing drone, to a preacher I long grew bored of listening to.

I think the series was amazing and seemed to hit home for many young people – if social media is anything to go by. Unfortunately, it just couldn’t resist falling into the trap many Aids awareness campaigns fall into.

The last show came too close to being another dull HIV/Aids sermon and, sadly, the statistics in this country have proved just how ineffective previous sermons have become.

Watch the final episode below.

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