Sunday, March 04, 2007


Does anyone out there still watch TV shows as they are originally aired? We live, after all, in the age of DVDs, iTunes, and Tivo/DVRs. For us, what this means is that we essentially never watch a program as it is regularly scheduled.

Take 24, our current favorite series. Right now, we are in the midst of watching Season 5 on DVD. Yes, there is a downside to this, as we are about a year behind the episodes now airing. But we can, of course, quickly catch up on the current season (should we choose) via other digital technologies.

Watching 24 this way leads to some pretty exhausting viewing experiences. What do I mean? Well, the episodes come four to a DVD. So what this meant last night, for example, was that at about 9:30, after the kids went to bed, we popped in the DVD and didn't breathe for about an hour. (Will Jack get the recording implicating the president? Or, more to the point, who will die in the process of the successful acquisition?)

But things didn't end there. Desi, as she always is wont, put the pressure on to watch a second episode before turning in. Alright, no's still fairly early on a Saturday night. But then repeat this dynamic after the second episode, and do it one more time after the third. Before you know it, we've blown through the entire DVD. Can you say 1 a.m.? (Sidebar: We made it to 8:30 mass this morning.)

My only restriction on all of this fun? Under no circumstances can we ever bring home a DVD on a weeknight. We just don't have the self control to pull the plug on the CTU gang when there are more twists and turns at our fingertips.

Oh yeah, there is one other restriction. No one can ever, ever buy us the entire next season of 24 on DVD. Do you have any idea what that would do to this family?



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