TLC is really hitting it out of the park these days. I guess the void in their programming left by the cancellation of Kate Plus 8 really opened things up for creative show ideas. There was the Virgin Diaries that aired a few weeks ago, and tonight, TLC will debut a special entitled ... wait for it ... I Cloned My Pet. Following pet lovers who just weren't able to say goodbye and who have a lot of cash to burn, the show focuses on individuals who've taken pet adoration to the next level: Cloning.
It doesn't take a degree in psychology to realize that these people need help.
I understand what it means to have a pet you're totally in love with. I loved two pets that were near and dear to me, but I accepted death as a part of life and have moved on. Cloning, if you ask me, is an unnatural, science-fictiony plot against the natural order of things, and no living, breathing being should be cloned for fun.
Because, let's be honest, people aren't cloning their pets here in the name of research; they're cloning their pets because they're selfish and probably a little bit unhinged. After watching the clip, arm chair psychiatry will tell you that this woman secretly always wanted children and her obsession with her pet is a manifestation of that burning, unfulfilled desire.
You know how in Hoarders, they bring in specialists to get at the root of the problem that's causing people to live in utter filth? I kind of hope that's what I Cloned My Pet will offer, too: Some insight into the reasons one might feel compelled to "resurrect" the dead. I have a feeling the show won't touch on that, though, seeing as the title is in the past tense.
This is going to be one heck of a wild ride.
Will you watch the show?
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