Sunday, July 02, 2006

4400 to Zero in Half an Hour

Oh, god damn it. See, this is why I don't watch TV shows as they air any more.

I recently caught the first two seasons of The 4400 on DVD. It's a decent show -- not brilliant, but decent, with an interesting premise and a good unfolding plot, and I was enjoying it. As it happens, just as I was finishing up with the newly-released season 2 discs, season 3 started up on the USA network, and I said, hey, great! I won't have to wait for the next DVD set! So I watched, I dunno, three or four episodes, and some interesting stuff happened, and eventually we got to a fairly intriguing cliffhanger.

And today, of course, I was puttering around, living my life, and I suddenly realized that it was 7:30, and part 2 had already been on for half an hour. It doesn't look like they're re-running it, either, at least not tonight.

Well, screw it. I guess I can wait a year or so to see how it comes out. I've long since passed the point, apparently, where I'm willing to make myself a slave to TV schedules, even to the extent that it means remembering to set the VCR. (And I'm definitely not getting a Tivo for the two or three shows at most that I actually care that much about. I can barely justify the fact that I'm still paying for cable.)

It kind of amazes me how much this concept of a show only being available at a particular time rather than being obtainable whenever you might decide you want it already strikes me as clunky and antiquated. I think this means that my brain is now very firmly in the 21st century.

Well, maybe I'll at least remember to watch Venture Bros. tonight. Maybe.

4 comments:

  1. Just finished watching it. Want me to be a spoiler for you. Do you watch it on USA? If you do it may come back on at 10pm your time. It replays a midnite here. It depends on your cable system, I guess. Let me know. Scrubbed til Tues. Launch on the 4th. How patriotic.

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  2. *double-checks listings*

    Hey, it is on again at 10:00! Apparently I managed to miss that completely when I looked the first time. Hooray! Thank you! I will set the VCR this time to make sure I don't forget again.

    So, um, no, don't tell me what happens. :)

    And, yeah, I saw the launch had been delayed again. Stupid Florida weather, huh?

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  3. I was just going to post the same thing because I have it on a "season pass" on my DVR and it always skips the 2nd airing as a duplicate. I was also going to offer to send you a tape of it :) Anyway considering it's like... 10:30 your time you are probably either watching it or taping it as we speak.

    Also, Dad hope it's a go on the 4th :) Tell us all about it!!

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  4. I had no idea so many people were watching this show. It doesn't seem to generate a lot of discussion...

    Anyway, thanks for the thought! I do, indeed, have it taping right now. (That's the other thing about watching shows as they air. Freakin' commercials! At least if I tape 'em, I can fast-forward through the things.)

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