Ben and I have been watching a lot of TV lately, but not really "TV". We've long been fans of TiVo, where you get to watch TV shows you like on your schedule. Then we started buying TV shows on DVD. The biggest hit in this department was Joss Whedon's "Firefly". Then, we joined Blockbuster Online, where they mail you DVDs. I put a bunch of movies in our mail queue, but also a lot of TV shows that we've heard good things about. First up was "Lost".
"Lost" is a well done, if very strange show. While the show is ostensibly about a group of people who survived an air crash just to find themselves stranded on an island, it's much more than that. There is a lot of mystery to the island itself: Who are the Others? What is the Hatch? What caused the plane crash? But, also, each episode delves a bit more into the past of one of the survivors. And, often times, we find out there was some sort of slight crossing of fates in the passengers before they ever got on the plane.
Ben likes "weird" shows. He was a huge fan of Twin Peaks. Last year he got me into watching HBO's "Carnivale" (also very strange, but well done). So, "Lost" is right up his alley.
Once we get "Lost" out of our system, we may start watching "CSI" or possibly "Desperate Housewives". Don't get me wrong, I love movies. But TV shows on DVD are much easier during the work week. I can easily commit to watching one episode. If it was really good, I can sometimes muster the energy to watch a second one. However, I have a hard time committing to the full 90-120+ minute viewing experience that watching a movie requires.
Yet another sign of what a spoiled, media-enthralled, American I am.