And I’m back! I won’t bore you with the fight I had trying to update everything and getting the comment box to show up. If anyone needs to know how to resolve security conflicts on WordPress, send me a message, and I’ll give you step-by-step instructions with screenshots and infographics if you need them. For free.
I had finished watching Glow on Netflix (I’ll save that review for another post) and searched for something else to watch the other day (or it could have been night, or 2 am). I was pleasantly surprised to find Star Trek: Voyager. What will Netflix show next? It never ceases to amaze me how many good shows are now being preserved with online steaming services.
Don’t get me wrong. I haven’t jumped on the cable-cutting bandwagon. I just don’t care that much about mainstream culture. I don’t care whatever songs are in the top 40 this week. I don’t care what’s hot and what’s not. Well, maybe “don’t care” is too harsh of a phrase. More like… indifferent. If something is popular and I happen to like it, it’s not a deal breaker, but it’s not a deciding factor either.
I haven’t owned a TV since 1998. Do I ever feel like I’m missing something? Honestly? No. I’m a child of the 80’s and kinda maxed out on the personality explosion in television during that decade. I mean, we had Saturday morning cartoons.
After I gave away my small TV in ’98, I would watch TV shows with friends at their homes (when I wasn’t busy working all the time). We’d make dinner parties out of. it. Star Trek nights. Buffy nights. Angel nights. Anime nights or erotic shows/movies on Bravo. Obscure low-budget films from Germany whose titles I have long since forgotten and I can’t remember which channels aired them. I discovered amazing classic movies on my TV nights, such as Harold and Maude. Then, there would be commentaries, debates, and laughter. And, we would, gasp and shock, rent movies. On VHS!
*waits for collective gasps to fade*
Oh, sure, I could go on about the injustice about removing excellent shows (losing Dr. Who still makes me sad) and the corporate bickering over regional licenses. I’ve thought about cancelling Netflix many times. So many Canadians will complain about the limited number of TV shows on Netflix Canada. But despite everything, I still don’t feel like I’m missing anything, so I haven’t bothered to cancel.
I’ll watch TV shows because I honestly, sincerely, enjoy watching them. I don’t watch shows to have something to complain about. And the number of shows I enjoy watching, including anything available with online streaming, hasn’t changed since 1998.
For me, there’s a wonderful nostalgia attached to older TV shows or movies that have been made immortal by online streaming services. Re-watching good shows is like watching my memories stream eternally.
P.S. It’s my birthday. I accept gifts in the form of comments, shares, likes, or bottles of red wine. Up to you.
P.P.S. Food for thought.