Peter Bishop (played by Joshua Jackson)
Thanks to a night schedule, and a lack of a functioning VCR or a DVR, I don’t get to watch a lot of nighttime television. A lot of what I do get to see is usually either on sites like Hulu, or caught during a lunch break at work. Still, there are a few shows that I am waiting to see… once they premiere.
Peter Bishop (played by Joshua Jackson)
I don’t know whether I should be proud or ashamed that I watched the entire third season of Fringe over the course of 5 days.
Not a lot of work on anything. To be honest, I got sucked into Fringe when I saw Season 3 was out on DVD. This tends to be my practice with Fringe. I end up not being able to keep up with the series when it actually airs because of lack of time and work (working nights will do that). So I will wait until the season comes out of DVD and power run through the episodes. Probably by the end of the weekend I’ll be on disc three or four.
I’m starting to get ideas for scenes for my November project. They are still random scenes stuck in my head. But they will most likely show up on the page in November, along with some of the details about the characters that are floating around. One thing is for sure, this year’s project is pretty much one just for me since it is going to pull from so many different pop culture sources.
The worst part of picking up Fringe Season 3 on DVD is the strong desire to watch the entire season, even though it’s 3:30 am.
We all have them. Those shows that we didn’t watch the first time around, but now, for some odd reason, we love them now. There have been a lot of different reasons why we never stuck with them, but we all have shows like these.
Fringe – For me, Fringe is a special case of second chance shows. I really liked Fringe when I saw it the first time. And, I really tried to keep up with it, which was not easy for me since I worked nights. While I tried using Hulu and Fox’s sight to keep up with the show, it eventually fell by the wayside for me since the plotlines were very complex and often continued through multiple episodes. The second chance for Fringe comes with DVD sets. I have purchased Seasons 1 and 2 and have powered my way through both over the course of a week each. Now I just await Season 3 to do the same.
Firefly – Firefly failed to catch my interest the first time around mostly because of FOX, which decided to not broadcast the pilot first, but the second/third (depending on whether you consider the pilot one episode or two). At that time, the series did not click for me. it was not until the Sci-Fi Channel picked it up for syndication and aired them in the correct order than I really appreciated how good the series actually was.
Eureka – Eureka was a victim of my ill-conceived “Siffy” boycott (when I decided I was not going to watch the Sci-Fi Channel because the changed their name to Syfy). I really liked Eureka, mostly because it was just the right amount of quirky to really draw me in. I got pulled back in during the last season when a trip to the past altered the reality that was Eureka.
Doctor Who – Yes, surprisingly, Doctor Who is on this list. Not the new series Doctor Who episodes, but the classic ones. I started watching it when our local PBS station scheduled it in the afternoon. I really liked it, and kept watching. But then I ran into a problem, one called pledge break. This particular pledge break lasted for the whole half hour that Doctor Who was supposed to be on. And when the next day rolled around, I found out that the whole episode that was not aired for the pledge break was still not aired. It kind of stunk to miss part 3 of a 4 part story. After that, I just could not keep track of when it was on, or who was the Doctor (I was a kid, I didn’t know about the who regeneration thing until The Five Doctors aired). Now, with the new series going strong, a lot of the older stories are finding their way to DVD, which has been a real boon to me.
Family Guy - I love Family Guy, except maybe those first episodes where the art was not quite right, and the stories were fairly mundane (much like the Simpsons). However, I just don’t get the time to really sit down and watch it when it is first run. For me, I usually catch up with it either on Hulu when I’m bored late at night (when Coast to Coast AM does not have anything interesting on) or when I just need a laugh.
How I Met Your Mother – Another show that I don’t really watch when it airs on CBS, but often end up watching it when it airs in syndication. Unlike Two and a Half Men, which got tiring after the second or third viewing, How I Met Your Mother still remains watchable to me.
Psych – When I first watched Psych, I had a real problem with it. it was not the whole concept of a really observant guy pretending to be a psychic, it was Shawn, the guy pretending to be a psychic. In the early episodes, Shawn just always came across as unlikable, pretty much a major jackass. And, unlike House, none of the other characters were likeable enough to counter the jackassery (if it isn’t a word, it should be) of the main character. I have caught a few episodes since that first season and it seems that they’ve really toned Shawn down. He’s still a jackass, but he isn’t that big of one. I probably still won’t plan on watching an episode, but if one was on, I probably would not be searching for something else to watch.