I like to write but I have to admit, as I mentioned below, I probably prefer to be entertained. I’m lazy like that. In fact I believe that as long as I can be entertained, I am content. Work can sometimes be entertaining, certainly – thank goodness (though probably only to me so worry not, I won’t be sharing on that part of my life)! Blogging and reading other blogs is proving to be very entertaining (thanks to everyone whose work I’ve had the pleasure to read so far!)
But perhaps my primary form of completely self-indulgent entertainment is sitting on the couch watching DVD box sets, so where would I be without the brilliance that is some television entertainment? Most un-entertained I am sure. Most vexed.
So I thought I’d list some shows that have passed over, gone to join the choir invisible, kicked the bucket, become ex-shows etc etc (to borrow from one of the early brilliant shows – Monty Python) that I will miss the most and I hope you’ll let me know if you agree, or not, or what shows you miss.
1. Leverage – of course – I’ve blogged about this already but I’m still mourning its loss and am in denial about it all. Triumph of good over evil in the cleverest ways imaginable. Christian Kane’s biceps. Hacking sleight of hand. Age of the geek, baby!
2. Carnivale – speaking of good and evil, this was one of the most original takes on that eternal struggle I’ve seen in years. One creature of light and one of dark per generation. Makes you think about who they might be right now. Two seasons of absolute brilliance, ending on a cliff hanger that begged for another series. What of Brother Justin? I know you weren’t meant to care for him, but I’m shallow, remember, and he was very appealing in some strange, dark way. Or maybe that was just the actor….
3. Firefly – the genius of Joss Whedon, perhaps never so completely demonstrated as in his wonderful mash up of westerns and sci fi. And Nathan Fillion, of course, Captain Tightpants. May the Browncoats live forever!
4. Millennium – similar to the X Files but superior, in my humble opinion. Fascinating spiritual arc mixed with clever stories. Vague references to conspiracy theory, never over played.
5. Merlin – I haven’t even seen the 5th and final season yet (missed it on free to air TV so waiting for the DVD) but I’m in preparatory mourning. Breathed new life into the old legend, a wonderful mix of humour, drama and medieval fashion. Plus a bit of forbidden magic, and a dragon!! Who could ask for more? Well, I could, like another season or two perhaps???
6. Spooks (or MI5 as its called in the US I think) – fantastic spy drama, effortlessly and consistently gripping plots, and the best parade of extraordinarily handsome actors doing brave, honourable things I’ve ever seen …yep, there goes that shallowdom again.
I’m sure there are others, but they are the ones that occur to me right now. Losing them was like losing an old friend. Something you came to rely on to provide some light and colour in the world. Put a bit more ‘life’ in one’s life, so to speak, albeit vicariously.
Do you feel the same about any television shows – any you miss, or would miss terribly if they were cancelled? Or is it just me?