Let me start by saying I’m really loving the idea of the “event series” that has taken the TV world by storm. As technology has intensified, our attention spans seem to have decreased. Gone are the days where 22-24 episodes for a season of a show are what I actually want. Sometimes less is more, and living in a binge-watch society, sometimes the greatest gift a network can give us is something with a short-term obsessibility. Sometimes a quick run of a cohesive and intriguing story that has a concrete beginning, middle, and end is exactly what we need in order to balance the plethora of great television series out there while still maintaining some semblance of a life in the real world.
This is my belief exactly. I want a nice story, like True Detective that I can consume and enjoy in a short period of time. There is no filler to take me out of the story all together. I still have the last four episodes of The Flash in the hopper because I was getting worn out. Same thing happened with The Good Wife this season. Just too much. I have become spoiled by the short 'event' television.
All this week Texas Rising, the story of what happened AFTER the Alamo is running all this week as a five episode mini-series. If I like the first episode I know I will watch all week. The cast looks very solid. Fine character actors all.
These kind of mini-series were extremely popular in the 70s and my family watched them all. North and South, Roots, War and Remembrance, Backstage At The White House, V ect... This was event and appointment television. If you were lucky enough to have a VCR you could tape the episode to watch later but most people didn't get a home video recorder/player until the 80s when the video rental market took off. Nope, you either watched the episode THAT NIGHT or you missed a large chunk of the story and then wanted to kill yourself. You kids have no idea how great you have it today.
I especially remember how crazy we kids all got that week that V ran it's initial 'event'. Everyone was caught up in the story and the school yard was abuzz with talk of those stinking lizard aliens after each episode was aired. We ALL watched it. If you didn't you were almost an outcast.
I am a huge fan of Aardman and their Claymation projects. This one look like a lot of fun.
If you have never seen the show before this is a great episode to start with. Timmy the baby sheep loses his bear and Shaun has to face down Pidsley the Cat to return it to him. To say Shaun's 'final solution' to the problem is a elegant representation of the phrase 'KNOW YOUR ENEMY' is an understatement.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.