Thanks to the online movie streaming services, I have subjected myself to hours and hours of bad movies and TV shows, but not too long ago, something changed. TV got good again. We are truly In a golden age of television and I have spent a fair amount of time binge-watching entire series in just a few days.
My latest obsession: True Detective. This show was soooo good — even the opening credits were amazing — I was riveted from the moment it came on the screen. Following along as Marty and Rust delved into the mystery of the Yellow King was fascinating to watch, even if the finale was a little too neat for my liking.
The previous week had me rewatching Band of Brothers, which is somewhat of an annual tradition for me (RIP Wild Bill Guarnere). Before that, it was season two of House of Cards and the first season of Arrow. I tried Orange is the New Black but bailed after five episodes — maybe I’ll go back to it someday. The latest season of Boardwalk Empire was before that, and the list goes on and on…
Currently, I’m in the second season of Battlestar Galactica — for whatever reason, I took a break from that one after the cliffhanger ending of the first season.
I’m a big fan of long movies and a great television show is basically a really, really long movie. Writers can do things with a TV series that are impossible with a 2-hour long movie. Next month, Jack Bauer makes his return in 24. If I wasn’t afraid of it being spoiled, I would really prefer to wait to see all the episodes back to back. There are so many great shows being produced right now. The formula is simple — make a good, compelling story with fully-developed characters — easy, right?
Binge watching is a bit of an obsession of mine, and I only wish there were more hours in the day. I’m actually at the point where I want to rewatch Deadwood and the Wire, but that would be a serious time commitments! What series should I check out next? What’s your latest obsession?
This week, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is taking about their obsessions. Binge watching is mine, but others are obsessed with WWE wrestling, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, action figures, scary stuff, scary puppets, and more!