In this edition of the Roundtable we share some television New Year’s Resolutions with you. Happy 2013, everyone!
3. I, Walter White, will remove myself from the drug game. Otherwise, I will surely die.
2. We, the writers of Parks and Recreation, will stop using Ann Perkins as whatever plot device we require. We will either take the time to develop her properly, or use her less frequently.
1. I, Katie Man, will never again watch an episode of Mad Men on my iPhone. No matter how much I want to watch the new episode over my lunch break, I will wait until I can watch it on a proper sized screen. Gotta respect good product.
3. I will stop watching Criminal Minds: I have watched every episode of all eight seasons of Criminal Minds. It used to be my favorite guilty pleasure. Some of the story lines were creepy and implausible but the acting was impressive and I enjoyed how the FBI Agents interacted with each other. It is a generally well-written and satisfyingly melodramatic hour of television. Lately I have been disappointed. The stories have grown increasingly more gruesome and the character interactions seem forced and just sort of tacked on at the end of each episode. At the end of an unnecessarily gory episode, I don’t really care that Hotch is running a marathon and I don’t believe that all of the agents would gather to watch him run on their only day off in months.
2. I will pick up where I left off with Justified and Downton Abbey: I’m not sure why I stopped watching both these shows midway through their first seasons but I’m going to find my way back. I often find myself wondering what’s going on in the lives of Rylan, Ava and those crazy Crawly’s
1. No matter what happens on Homeland next Season I will keep watching: I love Homeland. It is my very favorite TV show. In fact I am probably obsessed with it. Next season I resolve to trust the writers by not turning off an episode when something happens that I don’t like. Last season I vowed to stop watching at least half a dozen times. Three times in the finale alone. What makes Homeland great is that the viewer can never get comfortable in a storyline before the writers turn everything on its head. As a person who is frightened of change, this form of storytelling is unsettling but intensely rewarding when you follow the episode through. Those writers know what they are doing. So next season I will watch every episode from start to finish, even though I am scared that Brody is still a terrorist. I mean that “goodbye love” business was weird.
3. You can’t watch everything or expect anyone else to do the same – Trying to watch everything that might possibly be semi-decent on TV is a fool’s game. There is way too much good stuff (past and present) and it is too much of a time commitment. So, I am resolving to: continue watching what I currently enjoy, give things a shot that might be good but not for too long (sorry Copper), and recommend things to other folks that I think they might enjoy too. I will also resolve not to be too bummed when, inevitably, those recommendations go unwatched.