If any of you watched Paul Blart: Mall Cop, or Observe and Report and found it a little over the top and are looking for a little realism you should definitely check out TLC’s show about the security force protecting shoppers at the largest mall in America.
While the show was mildly interesting and at times funny, it in no way belittles what these men and women are doing every day in Minnesota. While I do admittedly mock some of the security guards I see at local malls and shopping centers, the Mall of America is no laughing matter. That place is like a small city and definitely needs a security force. In face, they are more like an actual police force and spend every day trying to keep everyone safe.
Overall I enjoyed the show, but really wished they took the time to actually tell someone’s story. You’d often have an incident of someone shoplifting, a medical emergency, or a lost child and they never really took the time to dig into the background of the situation. I guess they were modeling the format after Cops, and even though I loved that show (and the theme song) back in 5th grade, it doesn’t really do much to hold my attention in the year 2011. I wish they had done something similar to Carrier, the reality TV show centered on life aboard a US Navy carrier. In the same way the Mall of America is a small city, carriers are floating cities and both have a plethora of drama, comedy, tension and interesting stories to explore. I imagine part of the problem is getting releases and mall patrons actually wanting to divulge information. I would assume this wasn’t a problem with the mall security staff though since they were being followed around during their shifts and were actually “on” the show.
I watched the whole first season of Mall Cops on Netflix yesterday. Each episode was in the 25-30 minute range. Maybe the lack of time is why they never really explored things. I’d totally watch more episodes, but don’t think I’d last more than another season if they didn’t change the format a bit.