Bailey Kipper's P.O.V

CBS (ended 1997)


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Bailey Kipper's P.O.V

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Little Brother is Watching You! Yes Mr. 347, that's him, Bailey Kipper (played by Michael Galeota). The weird kid who has turned his life into a video diary by putting spyballs into every room, every nook and cranny, from the fridge to his big sister's bedroom. Oooer. But contrary to what you might be thinking, Bailey gets his kicks not from voyeurism per se but from being in control, recording life's little dramas and then spin doctoring them with slick editing and video effects to fit in with his own view of events. Sitting up in an attic crammed with eavesdropping electronics, the spider at the centre of a web of cams, he's obviously heading for a career as a government spook. This destiny might also explain his 24 hour surveillance of Robin: Bailey's interest may not be incestuous after all, but rather that he views his sister as a political dissident whose actions should be monitored. A promising TV series that went nowhere With its major usage of video art-Paintbox graphics and warped animations-POV feels like a natural successor to Mitchell Kriegman's Clarissa Explains It All, so much so that I looked for his name in the credits; but it wasn't there. But this is what Clarissa might have been had Nickelodeon given Kriegman a bigger budget, or perhaps had the bright idea of using the motif of a video diary as an excuse to blend more storytelling video effects into the narrative. Having said that, POV is also very weak. The series falls apart before your eyes; the script writers clearly had no canonical character biographies. Each episode contradicts the last. Bailey's sister, Robin, is (like Daria) a freethinking Joan of Arc who, to her dad's despair, is always on some righteous mission, with the result that the two have been arguing since she was old enough to talk ("I counted seven door slams-a personal best for Robin!" observes Bailey in the Art Competition episode). But what's this? Turn the page to next week and Robin is the apple of her dad's eye who always gets her own way. It just doesn't add up. At least Clarissa was consistent, even if it pulled its punches on a regular basis in the name of light entertainment. Despite its obvious charms, I think it was inevitable that POV was never going to go beyond one series, as the lack of narrative continuity deprived the show of a foundation on which to build an audience following. In fact it acts as a disincentive to people becoming loyal fans, as the more you watch the show, the less sense it makes! All in all this is the one that got away. (But then I hear they never caught up with Emmanuel Goldstein either, so maybe there's a message of hope there in this tale of modern times in which everyone is always on camera.)moreless
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  • you could tell right from the start that tonight’s episode was going to be a good one. In the previous cliff-hanger we were left with a fatal car crash, not knowing anything else about the accident besides the fact that it happened.moreless

    you could tell right from the start that tonight’s episode was going to be a good one. In the previous cliff-hanger we were left with a fatal car crash, not knowing anything else about the accident besides the fact that it happened. Tonight’s story opens with Alf in a dark hospital waiting room. In the background two nurses are talking. One says "he hasn't said a word since he found out". The other replies: "Some people need time... she's only been dead for 2 hours".

  • A series better than given credit for~

    "Bailey Kipper's P.O.V." seems to be one series aimed for kids that is better than it was given credit for. First strike was that it came at a time when the networks were losing belief in what was decades of Saturday morning TV for kids. For decades, all 3 major networks filled their Saturday morning TV schedules with various cartoons, LIVE-action TV series, Sid & Marty Kroft variations, etc until cable entered the market and kids no longer needed the networks to supply them with competing entertainment.

    "Bailey Kipper's P.O.V." was one of (if not the)last LIVE-action TV series produced for network television. Shortly after, two of the major networks wiped their Saturday morning slates clean of newly produced cartoons, etc. For kids Saturday mornings has never been the same since.

    Nevertheless, this TV series was full of special video effects (commonly used today, many outdated) with the supposed aid of a young boy's (Michael Galeoata) spyballs hidden all over the house, all of which are electronically fed up to his secret hideaway studio he has up in the attic, a door which only he can enter by voice feeding his secret password ("Spielberg") then putting both his handprints on a certain area of the door, all of which are only shown to us in only a few episodes.

    After he is up in his attic, he supposedly gathers up video footage he terms "his video diary" solving family problems, learning valuable lessons, etc all from his electronic video equipment, all of which is commonly used today. His spyballs are in the shape of eyeballs with microphones inside which would be equivalent today of your average kid's "webcams", only Bailey's still seems a bit more sophisticated (apparently using uncompressed footage). All of this was supposedly before the computer age hit big since Bailey is feeding all of his material onto video tape.

    Michael Galeota is quite charming as Bailey Kipper and can easily win anyone over. His acting is quite believable even to the point of out-acting the adults of the show.

    His siblings come off the opposite, as usual. There is the older sister, who isn't afraid to stand up to her middle brother, Bailey to get her way. And there is the supposed annoying little brother (Joey Zimmerman), who also seems a little prince (-not quite king-) for comedy.

    One of the stand-out episodes of the entire series is when the little brother's pet mouse dies and must be buried in the boy's pet cemetary, which already has quite a large number of his previous pets---and guess what famous autor makes a very rare cameo guest appearance in the episode?

    Stephen King himself.

    Very surprising for a TV series that only consisted of 13 episodes.

    The TV series did manage to break beyond it's short life-span and reach other countries, where it managed to gain a few more fans enough to at least find an occassional mention on a few international web-pages.

    Don't let a few negative opinions fool you. The series is not the best but there have certainly been worst.

    Bottom line, I would have liked to have seen more.