By: Tyler Phillips
Some TV shows from our adolescence do great things to prepare us for the real world, teaching us things about life that our parents or educators may not be able to. From Wilson’s words of wisdom on “Home Improvement” to the closing computer journals of “Dougie Houser, M.D.,” there are many television programs that we can learn from. “Blue Mountain State” is not one of them.
“Blue Mountain State” (“BMS”) is a sitcom that aired on Spike TV for three seasons, depicting the fictional football team of the fictional Titular University. If you are a college freshman like I was when I started watching it, note that college life is not as awesome as “BMS” makes it out to be. The real world has consequences, but for 22 minutes at a time, we can pretend that they don’t exist in the world of the Mountain Goats.
Lazy first-string quarterback Alex Moran (Darin Brooks) is a slacker’s hero– he puts more effort into not having to play every game than he does at practices, yet he still manages to get the girl at the end (or opening scene) of many episodes. Linebacker and team captain Thad Castle (Alan Ritchson) is the frat star of the show. Half man, half cocaine, Castle is the force behind most of the antics that the Mountain Goats get into in each episode.
“BMS” could pass for a live-action cartoon due to the high level of physical comedy that would better suit Wile E. Coyote, along with the suspension of disbelief when it comes to the consequences that characters rarely face. Most viewers don’t even notice that only one episode in the entire series shows the football players actually attending class.
Perhaps the only realistic aspect of the series is that it took a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film adaptation, teaching us that you can make it only so far in life without putting in work after college football ends – unless you go pro like Castle in the film adaptation, “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland.”
We may not learn anything valuable from “BMS” other than the importance of not getting caught, but we can still aspire to have wild college experiences like the team on the show, even if our colleges are nowhere near that awesome… unless you go to Arizona State University.
All of that aside, college is what you make of it, but if you can even scrape the surface of what “BMS” portrays college life to be, you’ve won the Heisman Trophy.