Indeed I go so far as to believe that if somebody else is obsessed with
something it is always worth checking that thing out at least once.
Sometimes you get a miss (I will never, ever understand why people watch
Agreed. Don't totally get it either. Although I do watch them on occasion.
Mainly, because I'm curious about the strategy, and root, root for the home
team. But mostly sports tend to bore me. Some less so. American Football or
Grid-Iron Football makes no sense to me.
but sometimes you find an unexpected gem (I found Supernatural because a
friend pretty much threw the show at me until it stuck and I only started
watching to please her, but now it is one of my major obsessions).
I keep obsessing over shows that are short-lived for some reason. It may
make more sense to obsess over one, like Supernatural, that has no end in
I'm alarmingly fickle. It's rare that I will watch any television show past
5-7 seasons. Or obsess with it longer than that period. If it weren't for
the internet fandom, I'd have stopped obsessing over Buffy about five years
prior to when I actually did. Possibly sooner. The internet really does
have an influence, at least it did for me.
Sometimes I don't make it past three seasons. If it's episodic in nature?
I'm usually done at two seasons, because the characters aren't evolving
enough for me and I start to find the crime/monster/mystery of the
week repetitive. (This happened with Elementary). For me, the characters
are the most important factor...world, mythos, etc...is secondary. And if I
don't feel they are evolving and their relationship is stagnant, I get
bored. I'm more serial or progressive story oriented than episodic, always
I also require a strong female character be in there somewhere at some
point. I noticed this when I was trying to get into Supernatural. If it's
just an on-going story about two guys or a team of guys, I'll eventually
lose interest. Sherlock kept my interest, because they introduced female
characters as a central focus from time to time. Also it wasn't that many
seasons or that many episodes.
Supernatural finally lost me, because the female characters dropped by the
wayside, which made sense because hello, noir horror series that is focused
on male brother dynamic. But the characters themselves didn't appear to be
changing that much nor was their dynamic, and I began to realize that was
unlikely to change. Also, I was watching a lot of television series that
competed with it which featured strong female characters and a more
serialized or progressive structure. (shrugs).
It's what you look for, I think, in a series. I admit I was for a time into
Supernatural, because one of my big story kinks is brother relationships.
But like I said, it's rare for me to stick past six or seven seasons,
unless the show evolves and people/characters change a great deal -- which
only happens with serialized television shows, like Grey's Anatomy or a