Its been a long time coming, but I actually want to watch TV again.
Where have I been? On Netflix.
On the internet.
On my blu-ray player.
On video games.
After Angel went off the air, I think I was too hurt to go back to scheduled watching of a show. Correction: show(s).
The Walking Dead became the one show I needed to watch as soon as it was on the air. “Zombie. I like zombies,” I said to myself, a faint flicker of hope started to burn in my heart. A fog began to lift from my mind. “What about these other shows?”
Mad Men? I never felt in a hurry to watch it. Rome? Didn’t really notice it. How I Met Your Mother? Enjoyable, but relegated to binge watching. Castle? I love me some Nathan Fillion, but in binge DVD’ing. Sons of Anarchy? Hamlet with motorcycles… wait, what the actual heck? I should have been into that, what’s wrong with me? Supernatural? I enjoyed borrowing from friends to watch it. Breaking Bad? I was always so far behind it seemed Netflix was the only place for it.
And then Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made me actually wanna race home to watch it. Its been so long since I felt that rush to watch a show. That oh so sweet feeling of “What are they gonna throw at me next?”
Side Nate Tangent: HOLY CRAP YOU GANG OF TRAITORS! Seriously? The first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t absolutely perfect so half of you have actually written it off? What the hell? You have been spoiled by binge watching. By shows you’ve already been told are amazing. Do any of you remember Seinfeld? Remember the first season? No? BECAUSE IT WAS BORING. It was not good. But after some time and effort was spent on it, it became great. Dollhouse wasn’t good until nearly halfway through the first season. And believe me, it became absolutely amazing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer had an okay first season, but it wasn’t until Season 2 that it really found its footing. The last season of Angel is better than nearly all the first four seasons combined. And may we never NEVER forget the absolute tragedy that is the canceling MID-SEASON of Firefly. S.H.I.E.L.D. barely finished airing its second episode. How about we actually WAIT and SEE what happens? How about some patience? How about a little less entitlement and lot more wonder with our viewing? IN WHEDON I TRUST.
Thanks to breath of fresh air that is S.H.I.E.L.D., I now want to give continuous TV programming a chance again.
But what are the shows that are making me want to get my couch potato on? Here are the big movers and shakers.
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yeah, yeah, you heard all about why. Moving on.
2. The Walking Dead
Season 4 is coming back in barely more than a week and I cannot be more enthused. They have a great blasting off point with the lurking menace of the Governor, the nearly over-whelming responsibility of a huge population boost in the prison, the thirst for revenge from both Darryl and Michonne, the loss of an old friend (yes, they weren’t written well near the end but you know what I mean), Carl getting more interesting, Rick’s new view of leadership, and any other thousand ways that THINGS GET WORSE.
3. Mob City
Frank Darabont is making a Film Noir (TV Noir?). Starring Jon Bernthal (who did an awesome job in Walking Dead), Mob City is about the LAPD versus Mickey Cohen. Yes, this story has been done. A lot. A LOT a lot. But whatever, I’m still in. And this story and style is definitely in Darabont’s wheelhouse. Also, Simon Pegg is going to be in at least one episode! Ha ha!
4. Doctor Who
Well OBVIOUSLY. I was already following the hell out of this show. But more importantly, I have to watch the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special with My Favorite Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith. And John Hurt as The Un-Doctor…. Non-Doctor? The Noctor? ANYWAYS this is going to be amazing.
Please join me in my newly rediscovered interest for watching shows like we used to “back in the day.” I am old and want company.