I went out for coffee the other night with my friend Nikki who told me about watching a British show called Survivors on Netflix. Netflix only recently came to Canada, and we’d heard that our choices in Canada are lot more limited than they are in the States, so we never bothered signing up. (Why do you have to sign up before you can see the selections? That might have made a difference to me, Netflix.)
When I came home I talked with Gizmo Guy about it and we decided to sign up for the first month free to check it out — yes, there is a limited selection but still, we spent much of this weekend catching up on old shows or movies we never watched but always wanted to or watching movies/shows we’d loved “back then”.
Some held up — Starman — OMG I love that movie even with the now outdated effects as the alien assumes a human form, aging from baby to adulthood. I found myself watching it from a writer’s perspective now, analyzing when Karen Allen’s character decided when to help Jeff Bridges’ character. (Now I’ve asked for the DVD as a Christmas present.)
Some didn’t hold up at all. We used to love watching Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula but we’d missed the first few shows in the series. “Hey, now we can watch the first episode that explains what happened.” Except it didn’t. You just get dropped right in the middle where Scott Bakula has been leaping from body-to-body in different times with no more explanation than any other episode. Oh boy, was it bad. We ended up looking at each other and asking “Why did we watch this?” Although we only made it halfway through the first episode, so maybe later on it does get better. I’m just not sure I’m willing to give it another chance.
It feels like every author I know, and a lot of editors too, have told me I just have to watch Buffy if just for Joss Whedon’s brilliant writing. So I sat down and watched the first three episodes. Um. Yeah. Okay. Brilliant wasn’t exactly the word that sprung to mind. Campy. Juvenile. Predictable. Did I mention campy? But I’ll keep watching to see what it is everyone else loved.
I wish there were more choices of old television shows, but for now we’ll keep exploring.
Got any old movies or television shows that you used to love but upon rewatching them, you found yourself wondering what you liked about it? How about any books/movies/shows you used to despise but upon a second viewing/reading you realized was better than you’d thought?