January 30, 2005

TV and DVDs

I thought for sure I had mentioned the Buffy The Vampire Slayer obsession I developed last summer, but I can't find it anywhere in the blog. After catching an episode or two on TNT and realizing that an entertainment gold mine slipped by me for years, I discovered that Netflix had seasons 1-6 on DVD. Which was great because viewing TNT's versions is painful: bad color/levels adjustment, commercials in the wrong place and, as it turns out, some edits for time. Before long, they couldn't send the disks fast enough. I'd never watched a TV show on DVD before, and it's a particularly satisfying, if dangerous experience. A good, long-running hour-long show like Buffy can entertain you for (I estimate) 103 hours.

Given the abundance of Buffy web sites out there, I thought I was safely within the margins. Until I found these two today:

http://www.restlessbtvs.com/
http://buffyology.johnhorner.nu/

After about 20 minutes of obsessively clicking around ("Oh yeah, what did happen to Miss Kitty Fantastico anyway?") I started to consider the possibility that I have a problem. Sure, there are people worse off than me, and I've been sick with an awful cold for the last few days with little to do besides rewatch Buffy DVDs. Then I got 95% of the answers right on two Buffy quizzes. I would say it's time to take a break from all of this, but TNT just started showing Angel season five, which isn't quite yet available on DVD (and which Netflix doesn't plan to stock).

Anyway, other great TV shows to see on DVD include the first season of Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you haven't seen these, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. You already know about The Office, so I won't bother mentioning that.

Before this summer, I'd become somehow convinced that there was nothing good out there anymore, that all the gems were in the past or on BBC. Thankfully, discovering TV on DVD has renewed my interest in good shows. Before the start of the fall season I solicited Jake's recommendations, listened to what public radio was talking about, plotted the prime time layout, and picked a few shows to try. So far, Lost and Arrested Development are the only clear winners. There are other good shows out there, but I only have time, or am willing to make time, for a few shows at once. Maybe that's due to Cindy's influence: she's been living happily with nothing but a VCR (no TV tuner) for months now...except for the tapes of ER that I send her every few weeks.

By the way, you probably don't want to know what happened to Miss Kitty Fantastico. But google will tell you if you quote her name and get "lucky".

Posted at January 30, 2005 10:59 AM, Categories: Blog
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