I’m a guy who likes to watch every episode of a show. In the last couple of years, due in large part to the availability of streaming services like Hulu and Netflix as well as too much time spent working on things while having videos on, I have worked my way through every episode of a series of shows. These include (but are not limited to, and are in no particular order):
- Space: Above and Beyond
- Warehouse 13
- Doctor Who
- Veronica Mars
- The Wire
- Mad Men
- The new BSG
- Sports Night
- The West Wing
And probably more I can’t think of right now (but am now sick of their theme songs). So I find myself just finishing Farscape (the latest of these) and in need of a new show to devour. Consider this an opportunity to get me to watch that show you won’t shut up about, as well as discuss in the comments shows that you think are worth devouring.
For that matter, I think this whole devouring of a show is kind of a new thing due to the ease of DVR and streaming services. I think it’s interesting and really changes how you watch a show and what you notice about it. Seeing them all in quick succession helps you pick up some of the little details, but it also doesn’t give you the time to really digest all of the things you’ve seen. I think you lose some of the dramatic impact but it makes you hyper-aware of all the subtle things that change from episode to episode and season to season.
But it’s kind of like getting into a band that’s already broken up, you know the end is coming soon. Which has really been the worst part about it. At the end of each one I’m more than a little sad and sometimes even a bit lost trying to figure out what’s next. Such is the exciting life of a workaholic.
Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on any of this, or shows to start watching, in the comments! For my sake and the sake of your fellow Systemics.