Thursday, April 9, 2015
I'm Late to the Party: Why I'm Just Now Seeing 'Empire'
Ya'll know I like to be fashionably late to most, if not all, episodic TV parties. So, with that said, I finally watched Fox's Empire - the entire first season and I love it! Here's the thing, I binge watch TV, even the best shows because I'm...basically greedy. And impatient. I hate to wait to see what happens next. I want to know now. The problem is, my ass tends to be late to the pop culture conversation. By the time I've watched whatever show that everybody was talking about, no one is as interested or cares as much. So I usually pull my bestie into some conversation where he essentially has to keep saying "umhm, keep watching" and "yeah, girl". Because he can't tell me too much and I hate spoilers. The problem is that I miss out on the show's buzz. It's bad because I could at least add my two cents about the episode at the same time as everyone else. Plus, most of the noise on Facebook is either foolish, doesn't make much sense (in an effort to not spoil the episode) or, I find if a show is good, you can spoil it and I will still appreciate and enjoy watching what happens.
There is the thought that if I'm not watching a show, I have something against it. On the contrary, I don't, but I also don't need to run to the well of TV water, because everyone is drinking from it. I was at a birthday dinner once and the look on the women's faces when I said I had never watched Scandal was priceless. I mean there was actual shock and awe. I had to explain that me not watching, doesn't mean that I am not a "believer". It just means I haven't gotten to it yet. It was on my "to watch" list that I like to stockpile for lonely nights, evenings after a hard day at work and frigid, grey winter weekends. (Rest easy. I have since caught up to the present season of Scandal.) I like to make the calculated leap into a new show, carefully choosing what I'm in the mood for. It's how I watched Breaking Bad, True Detectives, Dexter, Mad Men, Downton Abbey just to name a few. Recently while sitting and getting my hair braided for hours, with long extensions, my girl and I tackled the first season of Game of Thrones (so good!)The Shield, The Wire or Deadwood until years after they were off the air.
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So yes, I'm behind as hell, but you know what? I'm okay with that. I love good TV, but I don't want to schedule my life around a primetime TV schedule. That's what my DVR, Netflix subscription and On Demand are for. The good thing about good TV, is it really stands the test of time. The Wire was just as impactful when I watched it several years after it originally aired. It didn't lose its luster. It's a damn good show! Just like Empire is no less entertaining having watched it a couple of weeks after its freshman season finale. That's why I'm loving TV now! There are so many great scripted television shows. The average, busy city girl such as myself, doesn't have time to watch all of them at once. So you all keep clattering about what's a must watch program and I'll be sure to add it to my list.
What are you watching now?