David and I discovered Amazon Prime and Netflix just as the last of the spring TV shows were wrapping up.
You know what that means, right?
Yep, we discovered binge-watching. What did we ever do before?! Watch one show a week and then wait a whole seven days to watch the next episode? In retrospect, that’s just crazy!
I remember one night when we watched from 7 PM until 5 AM. Even for us, that’s a lot of screen time, especially now that we’re old-er-ish. Don’t ask me what we watched that night because that was way too many hours of binge-watching ago. I was just left with the sense that it happened and so we must have enjoyed ourselves. I don’t remember any other details except —
That all-nighter really screwed up my already delicate sleep cycle. Listen, I cannot help if my body and all of its systems, rhythms and cycles came from The School of Just Call Me a Diva and Get Me a Spiked Hot Chocolate, Will Ya? Thanks, Love, You’re a Dear!
I didn’t ask for a diva body, but that’s what I have to work with, which goes completely against my mentality of — I can do anything, anywhere at anytime with only my can-do attitude and a Swiss army knife. I know. The inner me and my body are completely at odds. But now you know why I am the way I am. It took me weeks to get back on a sleep schedule where I could actually go-the-eff-to-sleep before 2 AM.
Now David and I only binge-watch until midnight-ish. Okay, maybe that slides into 2 AM on occasion, but that’s the latest; and we only do that when a new season of a show we love comes out like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or Bosch or Mindhunter or Goliath or…(okay, I could list shows forever, but I won’t.) We love Bosch. Also, Mrs. Maisel is my hero!
Or should I say heroine? Female hero? *throwing my hands up in frustration* It just occurred to me that I don’t know what’s politically correct in this situation. Is this like the actor vs. actress debate? Many women in the performing arts prefer “female actor” or just “actor” and consider “actress” antiquated. So is that the same with heroine? Someone in the know, please help me out with this!
Whatever the word is, this past summer, David and I turned into serious binge-watchers. For instance, we watched all 21 seasons of Silent Witness. I don’t know whether to be proud or horrified. It took the entire summer, but we did it. We got to the point where we’d mute the theme music (opera) at the beginning of each episode because we’d watch so many in one sitting. We did the same with Bosch’s theme music (jazz.) It wasn’t until sometime in September that Lauren showed David how to bypass the intro. Thank God…and Lauren!
We watched just about everything that caught our eye this past summer on Amazon Prime and Netflix, winding up with Downton Abbey. Just as the “pickin’s” were starting to get slim, fall TV arrived. So now we’re back to slow-watching our perennial favorites while occasionally binge-watching a newly listed season of a favorite, like Goliath. Surprisingly, I’m okay with this set up.
Last fall, I was meh about the TV lineup. Not this year. I’m excited about four new shows — Evil, The Prodigal Son, Stumptown and Treadstone.
It’s still early in the season, but all of these seem promising; although, The Prodigal Son needs to step up its game. It already feels formulaic, which is a shame because I adore Michael Sheen, even as an imprisoned serial killer. And Bellamy Young plays the strong, complicated woman/ wife/ mother role so well! It just needs more plot, less
plop plod. And what’s up with the Lou Diamond Phillips’ character? An actor of his caliber deserves a more complex role.
STEP UP YOUR GAME, PRODIGAL SON WRITERS!
I love that Evil doesn’t tie everything up in a nice, neat bow but leaves the audience wondering and pondering. David finds the show disturbing. How is it that my husband can watch 21 seasons of autopsied bodies on Silent Witness and listen to Coast to Coast all night long on the radio, but you throw in a few visual boogeymen and a psychopathic kid or two on a TV show and all of a sudden, he’s “disturbed?”
Personally, I’m intrigued with inexplicable events or moments in people’s lives examined and analyzed from a paranormal or spiritual perspective. Bring in the psychological angle and I’m all in! I’m glad to see Michael Emerson again, even if I don’t like his character this time around. I’ve missed him since Person of Interest went off the air. I also miss Jim Caviezel.
Jim Caviezel, where are you?
Speaking of Person of Interest, Camryn Manheim is in Stumptown along with a very cool PI named Dex played by Cobie Smulders with Jake Johnson as her bar owner friend. I love that it’s set in Portland aka Stumptown. This could also easily go formulaic, but the novelty hasn’t worn off yet (knock on wood!) Also, I love that Dex’s car with it’s janky cassette player is a character in its own right.
If you’re a fan of the Jason Bourne movies (The Bourne — Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum, Legacy and Jason Bourne), then I don’t have to tell you what Treadstone’s about. I hope the subsequent episodes live up to its premier showing, which left me wanting more. Okay, this is definitely binge-worthy. Slow-watching this is going to drive me bonkers.
As always, we’re welcoming back old friends: the NCIS’s, the Chicagos, Bull, Young Sheldon and Mom. I’m sure I’m leaving out a few. I do miss Big Bang Theory. It was time for it to end, I know — and there are re-runs if I get desperate — but fall’s just not the same without Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard, and Bernadette. A movie, maybe?
The real annoyance this fall? If it wasn’t made clear last year that the medical shows swap storylines — we’re being hit over the head with it this year. So what’s up with that?
Okay, I’m willing to believe it when the NBC medical show’s dealing with a severe case of necrotizing fasciitis aka flesh-eating bacteria; but how can I continue to suspend reality when the CBS show is also treating the same “rare” condition and it turns out to be an outbreak with numerous fatalities? David and I start looking at each other and asking, “Didn’t we just see this on that other show???!!!” Puh-leeze!
And when the Fox show removes all the patient’s organs in order to treat whatever’s wrong with said patient and then is able to re-attach the organs — AND THE PATIENT SURVIVES — that’s a neat trick. But when the ABC show airs the same procedure in the same week? How am I supposed to believe this same story twice? Have the writers no shame, blatantly ripping each other off?
BTW, who’s paying for these expensive, experimental surgeries? The money fairy?
It’s wonderful that these patients survive thanks to technological marvels and the uber surgeons willing to perform them — but more importantly —
I want the same coverage that their health insurance plans apparently provide!
All I know is that my insurance company would have said, “Are you serious? I don’t care if you survived both necrotizing fasciitis and a complete surgical disembowlment and reattachment, the real miracle will happen when you see one red cent from us because we’re not paying for any of it! IT’S ALL EXPERIMENTAL. CLAIM DENIED!”
Who else has noticed this?
Anyway, David records everything we watch so we can skip commercials, which is essential when trying to get through approximately four hours of shows (every weeknight) plus the news before heading off to bed. Besides, everyone knows that the only time to watch commercials is during the Super Bowl and that’s not until February.
Until then, Go Cowboys! Yay. (Okay, they looked pretty good in their first three games. Gotta admit, though, things are not looking so pretty for our team right now.)
Note to all the Cowboy players and their coaching staff: You can do it, you rough and rowdy divas! I’ll even lend you my Swiss army knife for good luck. Now get out there and beat those other teams! REMEMBER: BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES! YOU. CAN. DO. THIS! RAH! RAH! SIS BOOM BAH!
*tries to do a herkie and collapses in pain* —
Just help me to my chair and bring me a cold one, will ya? I’ll be fine. Thanks, dear, you’re the best!
So what are y’all watching/streaming this fall?