In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to tire of TV shows rather quickly.
A show will grab me for an episode or two or three, but more often than not; after that I lose interest. It takes something to keep me interested, and that something isn’t always easily defined.
I can’t tell you the number of shows that I got excited about, only to have my excitement wane fairly quickly. It is rather disheartening at times. My tastes often run the gamut as far as genres goes, so it’s not like I am in a rut and putting myself in a box.
For instance, I was gung ho on that show where the man lives two parallel lives with his deceased wife and deceased son. It had such promise and now I can’t even remember the name of it. I liked The Closer, but never fell completely in love with it. The spin off Major Crimes is abysmal; even a special appearance by MW couldn’t save it for me. Damages and Suits held my attention for a bit, but now I am just kind of meh!
TBBT appeals to my inner geek, but it’s not must see TV for me. Actually, I would rather go to Yoga and sweat than stay home and watch it.
So I find it very interesting that I start to get excited for my Sunday night shows starting at about 3:00 in the afternoon.
Sunday night is quickly becoming my favorite TV watching night.
I don’t think it will ever replace my Tuesday night excitement for NCIS, because NCIS is, has been and always will be my show. It has captured my heart and soul, and I don’t see letting go of it anytime soon. Besides, NCIS is my fangirl outlet. There isn’t another show where I have a group of friends that I can squee, flail, rant, and rave with. Part of my love for the show is the fandom experience and I would be kidding myself if I didn’t admit that tuning in every week to see how my ship is sailing is a driving factor in my enjoyment.
My Sunday night shows don’t have those things going for them, and as my excitement is still really high it lets me know that maybe I am in for the long haul on these shows.
First up is Once Upon A Time – yes, the fairy tale show – but a very different fairy tale. For me the show revolves around Regina – the conflicted evil queen. She wants to be good (she once was good) but she got a taste of magic and just can’t give it up, and we all know power corrupts. It is smartly written, well acted and I love how it ties the fairy tales together. I started watching about 1/3 of the way through season one on the recommendation of a twitter friend and I am still hooked. Unlike most people, I am not too fond of Snow White and Prince Charming. Maybe my dark side gets a break with this show, because I love the darker characters best. The Evil Queen and Rumplestilkskin dominate every scene they are in and when they are in a scene together, well it’s just…magical.
Next up is Homeland. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this show. The acting is out of this world (Claire Danes and Damien Lewis deserve their Emmy wins), the writing is possibly the best on TV (another well deserved Emmy), and it appeals to the right side of my brain. This is not a show for the casual viewer or the weak hearted. It is dark, gritty and relevant to the world climate today. It demands your attention, and if you can’t give it 100% every week- you will quickly get lost. It is full of twists, turns, blind sides and the WTH factor is off the charts (in a good way). Last night’s episode kept me awake until the wee hours trying to unravel the intricacies that the ending scene sets up for next week.
What I love most about this show is that it is all about good storytelling. It is on a paid channel, so it has a limited audience which means the ratings will never compare to anything on network TV, so there is no need for fan service and there are no commercials, so there are no advertisers to court. It is all about the story and it shows. Quality is the one word description for this show – in every sense.
My only regret is there is really no one to fangirl with about this show.
I have squees and flails I want to share with someone. I want to talk about those blinding plot turns, I want to talk about Saul and the video of Brody’s confession, I want to speculate about Carrie and her status with the CIA. I want to rant about Jess and her self-centered righteousness and most of all I want to know who the heck Brody killed and why!
I have ideas on what (should) happen next and I want to hear someone's ideas on what they think is going to happen.
I want to experience this show with someone else.
*sigh* TV….I take it way too seriously.