TV: The Moment You Stop Watching

March 21, 2014
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You’ve been hanging out with someone for a few weeks. You have some interest in them but you’re unsure about whether or not you want to continue it. You’re kind of waiting for a sign or something to happen to let you know which decision to make. Then WHAM! You invite them over for some sex and mid coitus you realize that you do not want to be having sex with them. You would rather be cleaning your room. This totally hasn’t happened to me. If you could see my face right now you’d see I’m wearing my serious face. Seriously. Anyway, that’s the moment I’m talking about. The heavens part and you finally get some clarity on the on it.

Now you’d think I was talking about when to I decided to end or continue a relationship. You’re right but I’m not talking about a romantic relationship. No, no, no. I’m talking about relationships with television shows. You know the ones I’m talking about. They start off clunky and awkward. You’re not quite sure what to make of them but you have nothing better to do. Give it a few more chances, maybe it’ll change for the better and you’ll have a relationship that lasts a glorious few years. Sometimes it takes a couple of years to realize you’ve made a horrible mistake and other times it take a few episodes. Here are some recent gems that I’ve tossed to the wayside.

When this musically charged show first started dancing its way on the airwaves, I was thrilled. Finally, a show about musical theatre on TV! Bring it to the masses then they’ll buy tickets to their local theatres, everyone will love theatre again, and I won’t be unemployed. I had such high hope. So high in fact that I held on far longer than I should have. I finally had to drop it after watching the fifth episode of season 3. They story lines had gotten so convoluted and the characters never seemed to learn any of the lessons they were supposed to in the preceding episodes. That, and I really just don’t like Lea Michele and her emoting.

This show seemed like it was going to be amazing. It had Ronald Moore of the new Battlestar Galactica as an executive producer. It was right up my alley with sci-fi, virus outbreaks and interpersonal relationships. I broke up with this clunker in the middle of episode 8. By that time, they had killed the most interesting character six episodes before. I waited until episode seven for Jeri Ryan to appear only to be disappointed with how her character was written. The dialogue was clumsy and the storyline… well it became increasingly hard to figure out what story the TV show was telling. I felt as if the writers didn’t know either. I kind of want to know what happens but the thought of sitting through the show some more is a real turn off.

Sleepy Hollow:
I must admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this one. It was like a pity date you go on because you really have nothing better to do. After watching the first episode, I was intrigued so I stuck around for more. I liked that it was a bit X-Files-esque. I loved the strong female lead character. This was a show that I should have continued to watch but something happened… I don’t know what. I lost interest. We stopped calling each other and neither one of us put in the effort to get together again. Oh well.

What TV shows have you broken up with? Let me know in the comments.

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