Now that the Spring TV season is officially over, and I have nothing new to watch, I have once again started doing something I undertake just about every summer.
I’m not talking about winning another Coppertone Hot Body contest. That gets old pretty fast. I have no room left in the house to put yet ANOTHER trophy, and it really isn’t even remotely fair to the other contestants.
No, I’m talking about my summer ritual of trying to watch a TV series in its entirety that for whatever reason I never watched when it was originally on the air.
Three Summers ago, I watched the entire run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Two Summers ago, I watched Arrested Development.
Last Summer, I watched The Shield and Spaced.
This Summer I have decided to put two shows on the docket.
The first show I’ll be watching is Angel.
It’s very strange that I had never watched this, since I am a big fan of everything Joss Whedon, and have watched pretty much every single episode of everything else he has ever done.
I think it’s because, while I loved Buffy, I never really cared for Angel as a character.
Angel is this kick-ass, 200 year old vampire, who was once a vicious, remorseless killer, but has now been cursed by gypsies into having a soul.
The problem I always had with Angel is the way David Boreanaz plays him. When he is “good” Angel, he’s just a boring, emotionless lump. And when he’s “bad” Angel, he’s kind of an idiot. He’s just mean for the sake of being mean, and most of the time his “evil”-ness is so transparent and dopey that it makes me laugh more than cringe.
That said, I am still enjoying the series, mostly because of the way Angel’s supporting cast compliments our brooding main character quite splendidly. I just got through the first season, and while I thought a handful of the episodes were pure camp and silly, there was enough there to keep me interested.
Plus, I’m a big enough fan of Joss’ to know that he usually needs a sub-par 1st season to really get his storylines in gear.
The other big nut I’m going to try to crack before this summer is up is to finally watch The Wire.
When The Wire first premiered on HBO back in the 90’s, I was excited to start watching it. I was a HUGE fan of HBO’s other gritty show, Oz, and was hopeful that this was going to be more of the same.
I remember watching the very first episode, hating it, and never giving it another look. I also remember most of the reviews for that first episode all agreed with my assessment of how crappy it was.
Then, months later, I began to hear from people who stuck with it, who said that it really had gotten much better. As season after season passed, I only heard better and better things about it. I know many people who now consider it one of the best shows ever on Television.
So, I’m big enough to admit I MIGHT have been wrong about this one. I just watched the first episode again last night, and I’m willing to concede that it wasn’t quite as bad as I remember.
Or maybe, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve just lowered my standards a bit.