Behind the Times

My blog will never be a good source for reviews of books and movies. Even if I wanted to write reviews (which I sometimes do, actually), I don’t know if what I’d end up writing could even be called a review. “Nebulous, lazy, stream-of-consciousness thoughts on a movie” would probably end up being a more accurate moniker. Even if I did write reviews, they wouldn’t do many people much good, because I am always far behind the times. I suppose there may be a place for reviews that are written weeks or even years after the initial release of their subject, but it kind of takes the steam out of your engine when you want to gush or rant about the latest cool thing when that thing is long past late and long since warmed over.

Four days since it premiered, and I haven’t even seen the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet, which is rather remarkable when you consider that I’m a superhero fan, an adorer of the Avengers movie and the character of Coulson, and an unapologetic Joss Whedon fanboy (you shut your mouth, Dollhouse was almost great). I’ve been eagerly awaiting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since it was first rumored, and I’m hoping that this is Whedon’s first true mega-hit for television so he can become even more influential and demand more creative freedom. But if I follow my usual pattern, I may not get around to watching Agents until it’s at least six episodes in.

I suppose I’ve just gotten too old. Work and kids and chores and even silly distractions like this blog always end up taking priority over trying to be on the cutting edge of my favorite entertainment. Technology also makes it easy to delay exposure to new content. Miss it in theaters, or when it originally airs on television? DVDs, DVR, and streaming make it easy to catch up on whatever you miss.

I kind of miss those days when it actually felt exciting to be at movie’s opening night, or when new television episodes actually felt like must-see tv. It’s all still must-see, but it’s turned from “must-see now” into “I’ll have to watch that sometime.”

Maybe I’ll end up writing a review of the first season of Supernatural. My students just recently talked me into watching it, and I’m only eight years behind.

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2 responses to “Behind the Times

  • alixheintzman

    As someone who almost exclusively reviews material that’s several years out of date….I haven’t caught the premier of anything since I was like 11 and went to get The Goblet of Fire at midnight.

    What’s my excuse? 1) There’s too much good stuff buried in previous decades to skip over it, so I’m busy reading old stuff. 2) I hate waiting for sequels. Hate it.

  • Julia

    Hey wow, you totally speak my mind! And I’ve had many conversations like this with my brother, who feels the same. It’s great, on the one hand, that we have so many ways now to watch something later, you don’t end up really missing anything – the only thing you miss is the “first! premiere” kind of buzz, which is really hard to catch anyway.

    Plus, everything is “old news” SO quickly, especially according to “the Internet”, that it’s even harder to stay up to date. I hate this feeling of having an endless “to-watch” list that never gets fulfilled. I think that puts way too much pressure on something that’s meant to be fun, right? I always try to remind myself that a) you can never watch everything, and b) it’s never too late to appreciate a movie/series/etc. and to write what you think about it. 🙂

    By the way, I really like your blog ^^

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