One of the things I asked for and received for Christmas was the fifth season of “The Big Bang Theory.” Mr. Vox and I have been watching season by season, snozzling a glass of port and watching a couple episodes a night here and there for the last year or so. We actually hung on to the last episode of season four for well over a year, knowing that we would have to otherwise wait for our fix and didn’t want to be left with a cliff-hanger. So we waited, the whole season came out on DVD, and tonight we watched that last episode of the fourth season and the first episode of the fifth.
AMERICA, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE WAY WE USED TO WATCH TEEVEE?!
It used to be that watching an episode of a show didn’t mean that you had to seriously consider beforehand how much of your life you were willing to dedicate to the entire show, should you find you actually enjoyed it. You could watch an episode, maybe miss the next few weeks, and then catch whatever one you were able to. It wasn’t like you’d miss a whole storyline.
But then Tivo was invented and everything went to fuck. Writers figured out (I’m looking at you, Shondra Rimes and “Grey’s Anatomy”) that they could make a weekly cliffhanger hurt so bad that you’d sooner have a kidney transplant without anesthesia, if it meant that your operation was scheduled at the same time Meredith and McDreamy crossed paths again in the cafeteria at Seattle Grace. That is, unless you had Tivo. That was the only way your sorry ass could handle missing one freaking minute of your television show. So you got Tivo, recorded the whole season, and the writers could the plots increasingly complex. Before long, you couldn’t start watching a show, not even a sitcom, in the middle of a season. Forget about picking it up at the start of the next season, oh hell no. You have to get the DVDs and get all caught up with the backstory now. Can you imagine what humanity would have become if this had happened when “Days of Our Lives” was still on? (It’s not still on, is it?) You’d have like 46 years worth of DVD seasons lined up.
Right now, the Vox family is engaged in watching the following shows regularly:
The Big Bang Theory
Doctor Who (but are only caught up through the first half of the first Matt Smith season)
That’s it. That means that we have several more seasons of Doctor Who to watch before we can even open up the time in our schedule to allow a new show in. I’ve already got “Sherlock” earmarked for that timeframe. What about you guys?