Addicted? Most Definitely

I happily lived without cable for three years. I would occasionally download a tv show off the Internet, and I did watch a ton of movies, but I didn’t miss tv. There was no show to watch every week – no worrying about missing an episode. Nada.

Then Wade and I got married, and he convinced me he needed cable for football. I didn’t really care one way or the other – at the time. Now I wouldn’t be too happy to lose my cable or my TiVo. I love TiVo – I program in the shows I like and don’t have to worry about the VCR being set correctly or having enough space on a tape. It didn’t take long at all for me to become caught up in every single “popular” tv show – from the WB, to ABC, to reruns on the Sci-Fi channel. The problem is now I seem to watch every tv show – Roswell, Lost, Alias, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Medium, 4400, Numb3rs, One Tree Hill, Will & Grace, Sliders, and so on. Well, thank goodness for summer. Most of the shows take a break, and I can focus on other things – like movies!

Last night, my friend Josh put together an outing to see Batman Begins at the IMAX theater. Wade and I met some friends for trivia – where we lost badly – and then we headed to the theater. The movie was awesome! It makes me sorry the older ones exist. This new one provided some great backstory and had very cool fight scenes – well what I could see of them. Because of the super large screen, and my particular seat, most of the fight scenes appeared to be a black blur with one man (Batman) left standing at the end. The only issue I had with the movie (don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen it) was the dissipation of the toxin. It was used on various people in the movie and once exposed, they didn’t recover unless they received an antidote. Before Gordon and Batman manage to stop the vaporization of the city’s contaminated water, quite a large number of people are exposed – both in the Narrows and in Gotham. Then suddenly everyone seems better. Oh well, I definitely like movies that have bigger issues.

And now my most exciting news. I have tickets to an advance screening of Serenity! This movie is based on a canceled Fox tv series – Firefly. Jamie Richey introduced me to the show after it had been canceled. I watched all of the 12 episodes in two days – my addictive personality peeking through. Then Wade gave me the DVD set for Christmas and I discovered a couple of unaired episodes. The sale of the DVDs showed the network and the creator, Joss Whedon, the show’s tremendous following.

A movie script was written and finally picked up. All of the original cast members are in the movie – a wester sci-fi set 500 years in the future. It is the story of a crew of misfits and renegades aboard a spaceship as they travel far out in space. The movie was initially going to be released in May, but it was decided Star Wars was too much competition. The release date is now September 30th, but there have been a couple of advance screenings in select cities (Atlanta included), next Thursday is the third. I have tried to get tickets, but have always been too late – until now. A friend of a friend actually went to the theater and got us all tickets – I can’t wait!!!

  1. No one is more happy for you seeing Serenity than I…however, I feel it is my duty to mention that the movie was originally supposed to come out in April of 2005, not May. A small difference, I understand, but that is what fanboys like me are expected to know.
    Also, June 23rd happens to be Joss Whedon’s b-day, so expect all the other Firefly fanboys/girls to be singing songs commemorating this fact before the screening. Also, make sure you brush up on the lyrics to ‘The Hero of Canton’ as well as the theme song.
    Additionally, there are unconfirmed rumors spreading that the official release date for Serenity may be moved up from Sept 30th to July 29th. It is all very much speculative at this time, though, so don’t go making any plans yet.
    Finally, I am waiting for you guys to discover the wonders of BitTorrent and its ability to procure both movies and TV shows from past to present. It makes Tivo superfluous and television downright archaic. I had Batman Begins on my puter since yesterday morning (6/16) and was watching Ep III at home the same day it was released in the US [horrible movie, btw…Serenity is far superior to it in every category].

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