“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ― Groucho Marx
In the interest of adding some value to this check-in post, below you’ll find some mini-reviews of the various television shows I’ve watched recently. We all know we should kill our televisions and reclaim those hours, but a little mindless entertainment now and then beats staring at the wallpaper.
Anyway, first the goals:
I will spend three hours each day working on freelance writing. Done.
I will spend one hour each day working on this site. Not quite.
I will spend one hour a day doing whatever the hell I feel like doing. Done.
I will spend two hours a day reading books. Done.
I will spend 30 minutes a day walking. Not even close.
My exercise goal took a hit these last few days because my back has been an asshole. My muscles have so many knots in them that my spine feels like macrame. I finally got out for a walk yesterday, but Thursday and Friday were just out of the question.
As for working on this site, I’ll again point to the back. My desk chair isn’t exactly pleasant to sit in on my best days. With a back already itching to fall apart, I focused on getting the money-making stuff done and abandoned ship right after.
Other than my skeletal-muscular despair, things are good. Now, on to the mini-reviews.
Shows I’ve Watched Recently
I watch most of my television through Netflix. As a result, most of these are shows which have been around for at least a year. Sometimes they’ve been around quite a lot longer than that.
Sherlock – This is the BBC show that’s really three television movies a year. And it’s awesome. While it’s a modern adaptation, it’s incredibly faithful to the characters. Sherlock is shown as the sociopath he is and the cases are brilliant.
Rescue Me – I watched several episodes of this show and lost interest. Maybe I’d still be watching it if there weren’t more entertaining options.
The Dead Zone – Another show I watched for a while then gave up on. This time I made it through the whole first season before moving on. It’s a loose adaptation of the movie which was a loose adaptation of the Stephen King novel. You’re better off just reading the book.
Warehouse 13 – This is a dumb show, but it’s an awesome show all the same. If you are looking to kill a few brain cells you could do a hell of a lot worse than this. Government agents chase down supernatural artifacts while making powerful enemies. Also, Allison Scagliotti.
Once Upon a Time – I’m pretty sure this is my current favorite. It looks like a dumb show, but it’s deceptively clever. Evil queen banishes every storybook character ever known to our world. Also, Jennifer Morrison. And Lana Parrilla.
Lost and Alias – I think I have a man-crush on J.J. Abrams. Both of these shows get periodic watching from me and I’m still no where near the end of either series.
Supernatural – I thoroughly enjoyed the first five seasons. Season six is terrible and season seven is only slightly better. I’m probably done with this show.
Damages – This is that show with Glenn Close that was cancelled after season three. I’m surprised they gave it that long. The pilot of this thing was the slowest goddamn show I’ve ever seen. By the thirty-minute mark I was nearly screaming for something–anything–to actually happen. Avoid it.
Revenge – This is the second slowest show I’ve ever seen. I watched the pilot and hated every minute of it. And every minute felt like an hour. An hour covered in dead puppies.
Crossing Jordan – If this show was a flavor it would be “cardboard.”
The Glades – This one’s not half bad. Cop from Chicago moves to Florida to golf and solve crimes. It’s a dumb show, but fun.