Earlier in the week in the entry I wrote about the show Skins, I mentioned my disappointment with the show Dawson’s Creek in its later years. See way, way back in the day, Dawson’s was totally a show I loved, but then, after an interesting and groundbreaking first season, it started to do a bit of a downhill slide for me.
True, I managed to hold on through Joey and Pacey’s hooking up (Woohoo for ski trip sexy times!) but by the time the gang hit college, I felt done with their antics and kind of dropped the show. I mean why did Joey feel the need to constantly tiptoe around Dawson when he was supposed to be her friend? Why was Pacey proud of Joey’s smarts one minute and then seemingly dumping her because of them the next? Why was Jenn intermittantly slutty*? Why couldn’t Jack be in a relationship where he kissed his boyfriend more than once a year? And why, oh dear God why, were the writers so determined to make Dawson the most unlikable asshat of the century? I mean even when his dad died (chasing an ice cream cone!)I didn’t really feel bad for him! In fact, I seem to remember laughing at the Beek’s complete inability to cry like a real person (If you don’t believe me, watch this. It’s from a different episode but it proves my point just the same). So I bit the bullet and, after four seasons, I made the decision to dumped the show.
Like dumping people, making the decision to dump a shows is always kind of hard. I mean you sometimes spend a lot of time and money on them (hours of TV watching/purchasing of DVD sets) and then there is always a period where you kind of find yourself thinking, just like you would about a bad boyfriend, that it’ll get better. You start making excuses as to why you should stay with it. Sure, none of the characters are anything like they were when the show started and sure it’s completely rife with stunt casting, but it could improve, right? But then, after a while, you just have to face the facts that your favourite hour long drama or half hour comedy just doesn’t cut it anymore and that it needs to be dumped.
Of course, once you break up with it, there’s always an adjustment period. You’ll be at home on a Wednesday night and you’ll flip across it on the tube and you’ll remember the good times. Maybe you’ll even let yourself linger on the channel for a few minutes . . .
But you have to be careful. Because getting sucked back into watching is like TV breakup sex and if you let it happen, there is definitely the possibility that it will go horribly, horribly wrong and then you’ll be left with dirty feelings about it. Like, instead of being left with lovely memories about Scully and Mulder and dudes who harnessed lightning and regenerate their heads, you’re left with the grossness of Scully and Doggett and abduction babies and boring government conspiracy crap. And nobody wants that.
Having recently reassessed my TV viewing habits, I’m feeling like I’m kind of on the verge of dumping two of my old favourites, Grey’s Anatomy and Heroes. It’s sad but true. They both started off so well, but lately, I’ve been feeling like the characters are over the place and I just don’t care as much.
What do you say, blog readers? Are these puppies worth saving on the TiVo or should they be given the old heave ho?
*Personally, I don’t care if characters on shows have sex or don’t have sex, but from the moment Jenn showed up on the show, they made such a big deal about her sexual activity (She’s a born again virgin! She’s a whore!) that it kind of exhausted me after a while.