Some lighter reading after the last, more serious, post ;)
I’ve always been more of a book reader rather than a TV watcher. I love how you can fall into a book and be immersed and submerged by the words, wrapped up in the story that someone else is telling you. Become part of that story. A good book will take you somewhere else for a while, real escape. However, I have had (and still have) my moments of binge watching TV, but most of the time I pick and choose a few series and watch them religiously. I treat those series like I would a book. When I finish a chapter I don’t want to wait for the next one, when I finish a season I am sad because there will be months before the next one, and when the book ends, or the series ends, I cry because I don’t want it to be over. In my opinion you can’t really end a TV series “well”, but only because it shouldn’t be ending, ever. If I had my way Sawyer and Kate and co would still be hanging out on that island with eyeliner dude and smoke monster John Locke. Dr Carter would have brought Dr Greene back from the dead and teamed up with Dr Benson to make sure their kids became doctors and continued ER (and also made sure all seasons conveniently appeared on Netflix for me). Buffy, Spike and Angel would all be working together to rid the world of evil monster things. And so on.
Once I invest myself in a TV series it is very important that it continues. Have you ever been so excited for a series and then find out it is getting cancelled halfway through, or even worse, at the end of the first season?? Even if I was the only person watching the show it doesn’t matter. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?? These people are my friends!! Angela and Rayanne and Rickie and Jordan were my peeps! Why were our relationships ended so abruptly?? What did I do to you? What did we need to do to make the series continue? Freaks and Geeks anyone? Revolution, excellent as it was, just petered out and was cancelled after season 2. Netflix has a whole bunch of TV series that were all cancelled after the first season with no real reason why. I suppose everything has to have an end, at some point. Some just being more brutal, or more justified, than others. One day I shall accept that. Maybe. But whhhhyyyyy??? At least when a book ends abruptly I can imagine the sequel. When a series ends it’s a lot harder to do that.
I’ve been dreading the final season of Sons of Anarchy. While some shows start off with a bang, and then lose my interest for a while, SOA is one that I have followed avidly from the beginning. Yes, it’s violent and sometimes a little over the top, but the storyline, the characters, the location and the music make it into an excellent, excellent series. I know that our relationship is going to be severed in a few days and I just don’t want it to happen!! I’ve been dreading this moment since this last season started back in September, even wondering if I should actually watch it at all (of course I couldn’t stop myself, but still). Each episode is watched with impending dread… Who is going to die now? How is all this going to end? Is Abel going to turn into the devil’s son? On Tuesday all those questions will be answered. I will miss Chibs and Tig the most out of everyone I think. Maybe I will just have to go all the way back to season 1 and watch it all over again?! Maybe January will bring us a new and awesome series? Who knows!
And if anyone ever finds a Heartbreak High box set of all seasons please send it over to me. It’s time they came out with it!! (I don’t know if it was ever released in the US but it’s a 90’s Australian teen series, in the vein of My So Called Life but better, and it actually had a long run).