Sunday, March 26, 2017

You're old when a favorite TV show has a reunion


You know you're getting old when one of your favorite TV shows is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly...as a part of the annual reunion issue.

Like, "The show premiered 20 years ago."

I'm sure, in another 20 years, I'll be watching the show and weeping, crying out that youth is wasted on the young, mourning how all my favorite characters from a TV show I loved all have white hair.

Speaking of white hair, I've noticed a small patch of it in my beard.

But that's neither here nor there.

Those who know me best notified me through Facebook. Although I cancelled the subscription to Entertainment Weekly a while ago, I was able to go online and get a taste of the reunion.

What was the show, you ask?

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Go ahead and laugh, but will your favorite show make the cover of the magazine for the reunion issue?

If that answer is 'yes,' well, my ultimate favorite show is just as good as your ultimate favorite TV show.

So there.

It's vindication that a "silly" show, which aired for seven seasons, has cemented itself as pop culture royalty, at least according to Entertainment Weekly.

There's is the only opinion, here. You can shut your mouth.

Back when it was on, Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. were sacred. You couldn't interrupt me. I yelled at you if you were being too loud. I didn't answer the phone. I didn't leave my seat to go to the bathroom -- I held it for that extra hour. And if I did answer the phone, I blurted something unreasonable and hung up on you.

No one was safe.

Not even Wifefriend back when we were dating. Even she got the wrath of the crazy.

I enjoy spooky things.

For enjoying the horror genre and stories of the supernatural, this show provided a fun way to tell those stories. It did so with the magic of wit, the sass of good dialogue, and just good old-fashioned storytelling.

The show was a metaphor about the "horrors" of being a teenager and growing up. Those horrors showed up as literal monsters and not just emotions, but it mixed humor with scary, and the story arcs lasted episodes, if not full seasons. All of that, with the magic of Joss Whedon's vision helped me get hooked.

It was the first time I was completely obsessed with a TV show, where I was so invested, season finales were torture, weeks of reruns were annoying, and since it was before all the digital technology was readily available, I couldn't watch and re-watch episodes at will.

And when the seasons started coming out on DVD, it was the first time I understood binge-watching.

Sure, I had seen all the episodes before, but it was the first time I got the chance to re-watch them. It was like seeing it for the first time all over again, and I watched multiple episodes in a row until I felt hollow and unhealthy.

If you've ever binged a show, you know what I mean.

All that time could've been spent being productive, but instead, hours were wasted, passively watching the TV.

Four episodes were on each disc, and I if I didn't go through multiple discs, the minimum was definitely four episodes.

But it was more than just passively watching, I was actively engaged. I was mad when characters acted in ways I disapproved. I was happy when things worked out. I laughed at lines like, "He even makes Godot look punctual."

I'm sorry, but a TV series that can get away with mentioning Godot...well...

The title of the show may have been slightly ridiculous, but this show also housed enough panache to throw obscure literary references out there.

I'm sorry, but that's just smart.

Hello? Hey, where are you going?