Last night saw the debut of Big Break: Prince Edward Island, a taxpayer-supported reality show airing on The Golf Channel. A channel that, by some demographic incident, is included in my cable package. So I watched.
From the initial hoopla you might think that the show actually had something to do with Prince Edward Island. After watching the first hour I can confirm that, short of some quick establishing shots of lobster boats and a lighthouse, it does not.
Big Break is a show about golf and the narcissistic young people who play it. While it was shot at the Mill River course in western PEI, you never actually get to meet any real Prince Edward Islanders, nor, indeed, see much of PEI off the golf course. You might as well be in Dearborn for the paucity of “Islandness” in the show.
I’ve got nothing against golf and the people who play it — although I’m not certain we should be trying to attract the “soulless people with time on their hands” demographic that the contestants seem to represent — but surely there must be more to a golf vacation on the Island that what we’re showing on the screen. If there isn’t, we could save ourselves a lot of annoyance and degradation if we just re-sold Dearborn tee-times and offered a shuttle service.