In Croydon in 1971 little Darren Brown was born, and little did his unsuspecting parents realise that they had spawned the world’s most annoying human being. Because Darren would decide that he should be called Derren, and would try and transform his hokey magic tricks into some sort of event television, which would interest no-one.
No-one, that is, except the stupid. For a period in the early 2000s there was a simple way to distinguish between the intelligent and the stupid in the United Kingdom. You simply listened to their conversations. The erudite and learned would talk about things of meaning: politics, world affairs and economics. The stupid would talk about the latest thing they’d been the night before on Derren Brown’s show.Television is a medium which is uniquely able to transform the most mundane things and make them shows. Whether it’s sitting around in a house all day doing nothing, or playing poker, television thrives on the most terrible things.
And so Derren Brown’s terrible mind manipulation (which is nothing more than swaying the gullible with double talk) became the TALK OF THE NATION. People would literally gather around the watercooler on a morning and talk about how incredible Brown was for making someone bleat like a sheep.
Except it wasn’t and it isn’t. But the ability for us to eat dross in televised form means that Brown got 16 series out of little talent, and has his current one on now, called Apocalypse. It’s much the same as any other: he tries to convince someone that something that hasn’t happened is happening. In this case it’s that the Apolcaypse has happened:
Take a look at the Wikipedia page to see how hackneyed this shit is:
Derren claimed that to keep Steven [the victim of the whole thing] safe during Apocalypse and in the aftermath (ensuring he doesn’t suffer nightmares or posttraumatic stress disorder), there will be a subtle hint embedded deep in Steven’s mind that will stop him ending up in mortal fear of such an event and reassuring him, as well as having a psychologist and medical team watch him throughout the process.
Which is a parade of bullshit. Much like the premise of the show. It seems that Steven may be an actor. The guy has a profile on an actor’s website, saying he’s for hire, which says he is “very passionate about performing” and will go “that extra mile to help someone.”
So yeah. Derren Brown’s eventually been caught out. Which is hilarious, because it might eventually shut people up talking about him like he’s amazing.