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arxhon
19-12-2005, 05:37
This is an odd phenomenon i've been noticing more of lately, and the some discussion on another board about BSG sparked this thread.

I first noticed it with the cancellation of Enterprise after it's third season (or whatever, i honestly don't know, it thought it sucked after watching the first episode, and never went back, plus i hatehatehate Scott Bakula), and it went something like this:

"They cancelled it? It was finally starting to get good!"

Thereby implying that people gritted their teeth through three years of television they didn't like.

I'm seeing some "Man i hate that show. Episode [whatever] of season [whichever] really sucked" or "There are so many episodes where [this happened] and i hate that so the show sucks harder than a vacuum cleaner in a black hole" over there.

And Babylon 5...there's a lot of "well, the first season was pretty crap until they killed that captain guy".
These imply to me, again, that these people are watching television that they hate, because they are able to (in many cases) discuss exactly why they don't like it.

Why? Seriously, do they really have nothing better to do than waste an hour of their week on a television show that they hate?

I dunno...

I give something an hour to impress me, or show some serious potential that it will impress me very soon, in which case it gets another hour. If it hasn't impressed me within two hours, it gets relegated to "waste of my time". It shouldn't take 3 years for a show to "get good", and i don't think someone should dedicate 3 years to watching crap in some hope that "this episode will finally rock, even though the last 50 were crap".

violenceha
19-12-2005, 05:49
sad isn't it? though for some reason these people don't see it as such. makes you wonder, if these same people were watching porn, (sci-fi nerds, surely not!), and they discovered it was gay porn would they go " oh no, this is gay porn i am not a gay, i will stop watching" or would it be " oh no, gay porn, i am not a gay, but i will keep watching in case it gets good!"
obviously there are people out there who will watch anything, and apparently they are the key demographic for the majority of programming

Shadowheart
19-12-2005, 05:57
My personal theory is that watching television has become a part of daily life for most people. They've grown up in living rooms centered around the TV, raised by people who have also watched TV for most of their lives. It seems that it's not so much a question of whether or not to watch it, it's just a matter of deciding what to watch on it.

And those that fall into the sci-fi crowd will watch a new show when it's on because that's just what one does. I doubt it's really a concious decision. It's like most things in life, routine. Humans can display great intelligence and creativity when they put their minds to it, but most of the time they make no effort whatsoever. Most people just don't bother to evaluate how to make the best use of their time.

Slappy
19-12-2005, 06:50
Cause they are lazy.

What I would rather know is why horrible tv shows with bad writing, like Friends, can be so popular, but shows that are pure genius, like Firefly, get canceled.

:0)
19-12-2005, 07:17
They can't find the remote control, duh!

LordPestilence
19-12-2005, 07:59
I find that I will watch something I dislike if there is nothing else on and I have nothing better to do. I have also found that the longer I watch a show I dislike the more I become entrenched in its story or whatever they are talking about.

Hlokk
19-12-2005, 10:09
Well for me its 3 things.

1: Having only part of a DVD collection sucks ass. I bought series 8&9 of the X files and, although they were awful to watch, I had to own them so I at least owned the whole series.

2: For me, with Millenium, the X files etc, it was a sence of closure. I'd invested so much time into watching mulder and skully prance around I think I deserved to know how it ended, and if that meant I wasted 48 hours to find out, then so be it. The only thing I will not watch is Ultimate force series 3, where some girl in the SAS does a John Woo gun thing down a plane, and all my favourite characters die in the first episode.

3: People might actually like something if they sit down and watch it. The problem with my family is that they'll sit down for 2 minutes, watch something on TV and automatically dismiss it as crap, I can't do that and have to watch it all the way through before I make a desicion. I did this with Friends, but when I actually sat down and watched a couple of episodes, I was hooked. Because of this, my parents have missed out on Family Guy, Futurama, Millenium and Friends.

Jedi152
19-12-2005, 10:25
The only thing I will not watch is Ultimate force series 3, where some girl in the SAS does a John Woo gun thing down a plane,
That's the only episode of that show i've ever seen. I made a concerted effort to watch it, and was quite enoying it up to that point!

Suffice to say i've never felt any compulsion to watch it since! :p

Crube
19-12-2005, 10:27
I watch what I like. I'm similar in that respect to Arxhon, in that I'll try anything for an hour or so.

I may sit through something I dont like if Mrs Crube does. But I'll normally be doing something else at the same time...

I'm quite happy taht I dont feel the need to be camped in front of the telly. i have plenty of other stuff to be getting on with.

In fact , I got the Radio Times the other day to plan some Christmas viewing...we only marked out 5 things in 2 weeks that we want to go out of our way to watch, 2 of those were Strictly COme Dancing, and 1 is the Two Ronnies Christmas Special...

So the rest of the time will be spent either watching DVDs we got as pressies, doing a jigsaw, Ripping out our kitchen or painting Wood Elfs...

Hlokk
19-12-2005, 10:29
That's the only episode of that show i've ever seen. I made a concerted effort to watch it, and was quite enoying it up to that point!

Suffice to say i've never felt any compulsion to watch it since! :p
Watch series 1 and 2, its fantastic. It just gets a bit stupid in series 3, I think you can get them in HMV for a tenner each.

Honestly, they should let Andy Mcnabb do a tv series.

Kohhna
19-12-2005, 10:43
Well even in serise that are very poor you get the odd good episode, but ther than that I'd agree with Shadowheart, unless you arte a cool discerning TV veiwer like me your TV habit is going to be very Pavlovian and more about your particlular daily routine than anything else.

Wraith
19-12-2005, 11:33
In regards to sci-fi I think they watch the poor episodes for the same reason as collectors like to have a 'full set' -- consistancy's sake.

Also I think people watch crap because they have nothing else to do that they consider better.

Wintermute
19-12-2005, 16:49
In regards to sci-fi I think they watch the poor episodes for the same reason as collectors like to have a 'full set' -- consistancy's sake..

I think you have a point there.

I would watch Enterprise hoping it may improve - it didn't. It also surprised me that SFX magazine would give the show good reviews, despite the fact its the worst Trek show made to date.

There are SF shows which I truly dislike and I will not watch at all.I will not name these shows to avoid starting a flame war.

Vaya
19-12-2005, 17:12
I'm a pretty positive guy, especially when it comes to tv: if somebody makes a show, there has to be at least something new/ innovative/ special about it. Otherwise the producers would have thrown the idea in the bin and gone for the better idea. So I always try to find the good parts in a show and concentrate on those.

Maybe it's because of my total lack of cultural interest, but I can sit through almost anything. :D

Piku
19-12-2005, 18:06
Why are so many people saying 'they'? What? You've never sat through crap that you hate yourselves?
I watch loathsome sh*** to give me an enormous sense of superiority, to foster disdain for pop culture and to drown out the sound of conversation's death throes while i eat junk food.
It's like picking at a scab I suppose.

"They cancelled it? It was finally starting to get good!"

Hope springs eternal, die hard fans won't let their franchised spinoff die.

Crazy Harborc
19-12-2005, 18:55
IMHO, many people are trying to forget about the hour/day/week/year they are having.......At least until a movie/program is over. I use it for background noise while I wander the net or paint.