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To Watch or Not

I just finished watching the one and only season of Terra Nova on Netflix and I have to say that I’m disappointed that the show had been cancelled. However, at the same time I can understand why.

I watched it everyday for about a week, doing two to three episodes a day and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was fun and exciting and interesting with characters I would have liked to continue watching for years to come.

When it was on television though, I didn’t watch it. I was part of the reason that it didn’t survive past it’s maiden season. Why? Because there was too much to do to sit down and watch a show every week. It just didn’t become the priority that television in the past did. The story, while interesting, wasn’t enough to keep me waiting for a week for it to return. And if it had done the mid-season break that is so popular right now among tv shows, I probably wouldn’t come back at all.

This is true about a lot of shows that have the intertwining plotlines that require you to watch it from beginning to end. If you miss one episode, you give up because now you don’t know what’s happening. Also, later episodes will spoil the episode you missed which takes away the thrill of watching it. I’m not a man who likes his spoilers.

The same thing happened with No Ordinary Family. I caught an episode when it was on and enjoyed it a lot but didn’t really understand what was going on so I moved on until I could get the whole story on Netflix. Sadly, it too did not survive to see another season.

It seems to me that some shows just work better if you watch them in succession quickly. Stretching out a story means you risk losing your audience. Take the second season of The Walking Dead. Many people complained that it was slow and kind of boring. It lost viewers to it. Then, I watched the entire second season on Netflix within a week and I found it was so much more enjoyable.

Of course, if some shows work out really well in large quanities, then it stands to reason that the opposite would be true, right? Right. There are some shows that I’ve watched entire seasons of in the course of a few days and now I have a hard time watching them again. Sitcoms are especially bad for this.

Big Bang Theory is one of my favourite shows on right now, but I can miss an episode and not care. I haven’t even watched more than one episode since season 5 simply because I’ve seen it all before. Now I’m not saying it’s a bad show. I’ll still watch it when it’s on and I have nothing else to do. I still laugh and love those affable nerds.

Then there are other shows I can’t watch at all anymore like Undergrads. I thought it was funny and refreshing and entertaining, but then I sat and watched the entire season in one sitting. By the end of it, I hated every character in that show. They were all idiots and I was a bigger idiot for wasting my time watching this show.

It’s sad that some of these quality shows are disappearing. Maybe they should just forego television and just sell the DVD sets. Ah, but then that would be taking a big risk because if it’s doing poorly on television, they can pull the show. But if you want to sell the DVD set, you have to finish the whole show, put together special features, market the product, and hope that people will buy it.

Maybe a compromise? Release one episode on the internet or television and hook the audience with it. Then tell them if they want to see the rest of the story, they have to buy the DVD set. The audience can then watch it at their leisure. I think I would be more apt to buy DVD sets then.

In any case, if you have Netflix, I would recommend Terra Nova and No Ordinary Family if you enjoy your sci-fi. I promise, neither of them end with an overly elaborate cliffhanger but it will leave you wishing you could have more.


I Love These Guys!

At this point, I know almost anyone who writes about anything has probably written something about these guys but I have to say that I LOVE these guys. The more I hear about them, the more I want to hear more about these guys. These aren’t your run in the mill celebrities, wasting time taking drunken pictures and just generally being a nuisance.  No no no. These people are doing something so much more important.

So who are these wonderful people selflessly working towards making this a better place? Why, it’s just the good ol’ people down at the Westboro Baptist Church. I know, many people want them to shut up or shut down, but I want them to continue doing what they’re doing.

Why? Because I love their narrow-mindedness. The hate that seems to drip from their words. The way they heedlessly attack on everything that isn’t them makes me giggle like a man nitrous oxide. Where else can you find this kind of extremist hilarity?

The Al Qaeda? No, too high-strung and really just a one trick pony. Push button, blow up. The KKK? When have they even been relevant anymore? Admitting you’re a part of that is like revealing you like little boys. A thing most people keep to themselves now.

It’s actually kind of funny. More people will admit to being gay than a white supremacist. Isn’t it funny how the times have changed over the past 50 years. That’s progress.

Anyways, I digress. Why do I love these over-zealous hate mongers? Because they are over-zealous hate mongers! Just go to their website and check out the absurdity of their claims! They even have parodies of popular songs all geared towards how horrible a person you are!

By the way, I think it should go without saying at this point that you do not, under any circumstances, go to their website unless you have a twisted sense of humour. Over there is a den full of hate that I don’t think the typical person can withstand. If you’re curiousity does get the best of you, take a peek but I implore you to not venture too deep lest you lose your mind.

So Westboro, continue your silly crusade across America as you rail against a system that ironically gives you the ability to whine and moan bout it (Hello, you have a collect call from irony. Do you accept the charges?). You protest soldiers funerals and demonstrate against comic conventions to your little heartless content. And I’ll continue watching, knowing that all you’re doing is digging your grave just a little more.

Funny thing is, I wasn’t even going to really write up anything on them. I figured the world has heard enough from this group, until I found out that most of my friends and co-workers have never experienced the joy that is their righteous rage. That has to be rectified. Come, join me and my smirk as we laugh at a church whose own denomination looks at them and says, “Uh-uh, not in my backyard.”

For those curious and up for a laugh, check them out.  Just don’t wander too far in without a responsible adult (or qualified lunatic) or you might not come out the same way you went in…

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