I’m not lost anymoreFor a couple of years now I’ve been feeling like an outsider because I just haven’t been able to get into Lost, when nearly everyone I know is enthralled.   Or Battlestar Galactica, despite the critial acclaim it receives.    Or Heroes, after the first half of the first season.  Frankly, it has been a bit befuddling.

Well, I think I figured out why I can’t get into “Lost” or “Battlestar Galactica”, etc…   there are 2 reasons – and both play a part in my apathy towards Lost.

1.  Apparently I no longer have the patience for shows that require me to watch each week to keep up with what’s going on.    I want resolution at the end of the hour, so it doesn’t leave me fretting and worrying whether they’ll stop the bomg in time for another week.   I think three thilling seasons of 24 and Alias burned me out.   

2.  When shows have fanatical religious undertones – just COUNT ME OUT.  Lost recently had a “recap” episode where it basically showed you what had happened over the year in a single night and I decided to watch it, to see if I could get pulled into the story.  As soon as that creepy guy (Ben?) and then John Locke got fanatical about the island and killed people because of their “faith” I was totally turned off (despite the eye candy cast).

 In it’s final 2 seasons, one of my favorite shows – Stargate SG1 –  ventured into a an ongoing battle with an opressive, powerful alien race called the “Ori” – who claimed to be gods and sent messengers around preaching religion, promising enlightenment & ascension, and then killing anyone who didn’t agree to follow the path.     “Hallowed are the Ori“.   Oh, Just shoot me now.   Look – they even got CSM (Cigarette Smoking Man) from the X-Files to be one of their creepy priors.  Just as they were about to lose me as a viewer, they thankfully threw in some NON-Ori episodes.   

I’m disturbed enough by the irrational religious fanatics in the real world – I don’t want them to invade my “escape” time as well.

So there you have it.   I guess I’m still an outsider, but at least I know why!

Are there any shows or fads you wish you feel left out of?

(7) Comments   


Chris on April 30th, 2008 at 8:18 am

I understand the avoidance of relgious undertones. I really dislike when Lost gets into that as well. See, that’s why you need to get into Supernatural, although it’s creepy and sometimes too bloody for my taste, there is no religion, each epi gets resolved (mostly–there is an ongoing plot too), and eye candy you just can’t beat. It’ pure fluff.
I didn’t ever get into X-files, but I know I would love it. Maybe I’ll watch all the episodes this summer when nothing else is on. I couldn’t get into 24 either, Keifer just doesn’t do it for me.

That Ori guy is totally creeping me out.

Allison on April 30th, 2008 at 11:12 am

I think you’d love the X-Files Chris – it is one of my favorite series all time. Creepy and paranormal, but funny and clever at the same time. Watch it from the beginning so you can see the characters develop…. then watch the movie… and I understand there is a 2nd movie coming out soon.

I actually loved 24 when it first came on. It was such an interesting, different premise at the time – and it really did leave me on the edge of the seat. But once I moved from Salt Lake I just wasn’t interseted in watching anymore.

Chris on May 1st, 2008 at 8:20 am

I’ll definitely have to check out X-files….how many seasons did it run? And was the movie as good as the series?

Ashley Rae on May 1st, 2008 at 8:45 am

Ya… I can understand why you wouldn’t want to watch those shows. The religious stuff doesn’t bother me. And I definitely enjoy the eye candy. I just love to be entertained.

Although my favorite shows are the ones you don’t have to think about and which resolve at the end of (nearly) every episode, i.e. The Office, Scrubs, Friends, Sienfeld… Dumb, yet hilarious, comedies.

Allison on May 1st, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Chris, the X-Files ran for 9 seasons (1993 – 2002) and movie is really good on its own – but you’ll want to have watched at least some of the the tv series first to fully appreciate it. It is a kind of “resolution” to the tv series, so watching it first may spoil some of the intrigue of the series.

Though (most) of the episodes resolve within themselves, there are underlying stories that continue on… Some episodes don’t deal with them at all, but later in the series it focused on them quite a bit.

I really do think you’ll enjoy it.

Michelle on May 1st, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Lost, is actually starting lose me. I don’t mind the religious undertones, what I do mind is the fact that I’m starting not to care about the characters. I used to find Locke interesting and complex now I find him tedious. I can see that going forward there is going to be a huge war between the two factions and I just don’t care anymore. I’m currently watching the first season of “Friday Night Lights” and I’m loving getting back into realism. (Thank you Chris for my birthday present).

Robert on May 2nd, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I haven’t even heard of any of these shows.. I gave up network television in the 80s and I only watch dvds now… I don’t have the time to ‘tune in’ regularly, so I never start one. I did watch the first two years of Will and Grace, but even as funny as I always found that to be (thanks mainly to ‘Karen’) I didn’t have time to watch it beyond that… so… I have the dvds and still haven’t watched past the first two years… When I was a kid I used to LOVE to watch shows. Charlies Angels was my all time favorite b/c of my adoration of Jaclyn Smith.. LOL.. I did watch many of the Seinfeld and Friends episodes though..

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