Binge watching

Guilty pleasure? I’m not even guilty about this. I just finished watching the first, and the last at the same time, season of a relatively old TV series called Greetings from Wonderfalls. I didn’t even bat an eyelash when I read that it was chosen one of the shows that were ‘Cancelled Too Soon’ or that it has an established fan base, too. Save Wonderfalls exists, and the last update was last year, which is 10 years after the production! Quite committed, huh?

The internet has it that the viewer response to the first few episodes were so bad that they had to cancel the airing of the show and the rest were left forever un-aired, not by the original broadcaster anyway, only being introduced to the public in DVDs. Well, you wonder what I think? I ENJOYED it. Although you probably have already guessed so because I named this post ‘Binge watching’ and declared that I’ve finished itScreen Shot 2015-01-20 at 11.41.58 PM

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Let me be perfectly honest. The sole reason that I was interested in this series to begin with is that Lee Pace was in it. Surprisingly enough even for me, he was not the only attractive thing in this series! (Forgive me for referring to you as a thing, Lee, you know what I mean. By the way, too bad that both of your main TV series got cancelled too soon.)
The actor by the way looks so much like the actor who starred in the movie Soldier’s Girl. That’s probably because they are one identical person and because both of them were filmed in early 2000s, but my point is his feminine features were much more apparent back then. I’m under the impression that his voice has deepened and the facial features have been carved in a more masculine way, leaving him looking less shy. Not that I’m complaining though. I like what time does to men.

It’s a TV series after all – which means the plot does not have to appear plausible in real life. That’s one of the reasons why people watch them. Wonderfalls involves inanimate things that speak to Jaye Tyler, who naturally tries to run away from all those faces and voices that tell her to do something. Over the course of dealing with them she faces a number of situations where it was scarcely possible for her to get away from and I, too, think that they don’t make sense. If somebody were to assert the same as her, she would be visiting a psychiatrist 5 days a week at the very best. Possibly would end up locked in an asylum.

But are we not in need of something that makes no sense but still makes you feel human? And by human I mean something that has to do with family, friends, hate and love. It made me want to tend to my interpersonal, human feelings even though they’re not as suppressed as hers. When Jaye sounded offended by the mouthbreather’s comment that people usually have their career path established by Jaye’s age, which is 24 years old, I knew what she felt. (And possibly very much worried about the interview that I’m having tomorrow afternoon.) Isn’t watching TV series all about empathy after all?

Plus that thing between Jaye and Eric.. It was pretty epic how it unraveled with that huge obstacle named Heidi. I mean, if it were to be a nonfictional event.. I don’t want to be involved in that. I would most likely end up in a jail for homicide. Anyhow, they almost made me miss the not-unpleasant tensions of some time ago. I guess I thought, seeing Eric wanting Jaye so much, that I’d actually give those romance fictions a try. And I used to look down on them up until a couple days ago. I seriously apologise for this to all authors and fans of the genre in question.

The show was also visually pleasing thanks to certain actresss and actors. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to make it to the ending.

Sharon is my favorite character in this series. She made me think of sisterhood(in general) so much and it was a tremendous fun watching her trying to be really charming but failing at the end. I think it only made her more attractive. And the burden of being the big sister..

So all in all, I enjoyed watching this show very much.
Well now that I think about it, I share so little of my sympathy with Jaye even though she should be the one I understand the best. Perhaps that’s because she has special powers. And is distractingly pretty.

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Flower Garden

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This is one of the things that drew my attetion of late. Secret Garden by Johanna Basford is a coloring book, though not the kind we had fun with when young. Each and every page of it is filled with drawings of nature like flowers, birds, insects – simply said, the entire book is a garden.

It claims to free us from the daily stress and thus persuades us not to engage with any activities that concern our (relatively) new necessities of life, mobile phones.

I realized looking back that we always learn to think. How to think, what to think and even why to think. But we almost never learn not to think. The benefits of moments not thinking, I have to say, exceeded my expectation which was not necessarily very high to tell the truth.

When we are under a lot of stress, we usually resort to sleep or (binge) drink and become oblivious of the problems bugging us. What coloring this book does to us is almost exactly the same.

We learn how to think, what to think and even why to think. Rarely do we learn not to think – so we have to do something entirely unrelated to refrain our thoughts from steering towards those we would rather not think about. That something entirely unrelated may as well be coloring the plants and flowers. I felt like I’ve taken refuge from the common struggles of life, so as to say.

Although finishing the whole book might require a little bit more of commitment and devotion and concentration and steady work .. 😉