Monday, December 18, 2006

No more addictions!

Anyone else out there hooked on (the new) Battlestar Galactica?

Amy and I have been watching since a re-run of the mini-series a few years ago, and we've seen all of the first two and a half seasons. While I can't say I like every aspect of the show, I have gotten caught up in the flow of the story and the idea that it is going somewhere. In the meantime, I enjoy the gritty, fallen nature of the personalities and problems encountered. I don't necessarily agree with or endorse how they handle themselves or their issues, but I appreciate a take on space fiction that doesn't assume a utopian human condition *cough*ST:TNG*cough*. Even some of the "good guys" are down-right distasteful at times.

At any rate, as Amy and I were watching the most recent episode, we again promised each other that this would be the last TV show we let ourselves get hooked on to the point that we go out of our way to watch it. I think the only other show we've fallen into like this was Alias, and by the time we discovered that, the first four seasons were available on DVD so we could rent them. We had to be dragged through the fifth season week by week along with all the other viewers, and when it was over we decided we were not going to take any more recommendations to voluntarily get hooked on shows like 24, Lost, or so many others. It seems many of our friends and family love these and other shows, but we just can't take it anymore. Either we'll be strung along from week to week as it is broadcast, or we will rent the DVD's and lose sleep and productivity in other areas of our lives until we finish them. What can I say... we're weak. We can handle the occasional episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition or Dancing with the Stars, but enough of the stories that suck you in and won't let you go. It's bad enough that it takes months to get anywhere. Worse still when you get to the end and discover you don't really like the destination (Alias...)

So we're giving the boot to TV series. Actually, we don't even have an antenna or cable of any sort hooked up to our TV, so Battlestar Galactica is the *only* TV show we watch, and we do that by downloading the episodes. (We had a subscription TV service that allowed us to watch the SciFi channel back when the series started, so when we dropped that and went back to not having any signal, we found other ways of getting our fix by renting or downloading the episodes.) I don't know when or how Battlestar Galactica will end, but I'm saying it here for all to read and remember - When Galactica ends, NO MORE! I've got too many books to read to get hooked on more TV.

Unless anyone has a recommendation.

NO, forget I said that!