I MUST REWATCH MY DVDs.
Peer pressure is a strong thing. This was especially true for me regarding becoming a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It began with me somehow meeting TNG fans from all areas of my life in 2011. First it was three of my friends being fans (one long-term friend and two new) and getting into excited conversations about how awesome Data, Q and Picard were, leaving me clueless. This got even stronger when my younger brother became hooked and joined in with the talks.
And by the way, Picard is awesome.
Afterwards, my meeting of TNG fans continued. A fellow intern at my internship was revealed to be a fan and frequently spoke with a certain tone while we edited together. When I asked about it, she replied that she liked to mimic how Data spoke. (Tilt head up and say to herself, “Interesting!”)
The 5th Trekker to come into my life was a new girl at my part-time job. When I found out that she was a Doctor Who fan, I excitedly began to talk about my favorite things about the show (which are everything). Then it came about that I mentioned how my brother and several friends loved Star Trek. She excitedly concurred.
Fast forward to January. With a big move on the horizon, I temporarily moved out of Los Angeles and back to West Covina to spend my last weeks in California with my family. Back to where my brother watched Star Trek on Netflix very often. Back to where it was playing in front of me all the time. Casual watching turned into slight interest. And slight interest turned into a realization of just how awesome Star Trek: The Next Generation is. Drama-wise, Doctor Who and Torchwood were the best things that happened to be in 2011. Will Star Trek be one of them for 2012?
And when I say “one of them,” I am speaking of Sherlock, my other drama discovery of the year. But more on that later.
Around this time last year I got my first taste of BBC goodness in the form of Robin Hood. I had heard tons of great reviews of it and since Netflix was offering the entire series on Instant Watch, I figured what the hell! Why not? And what a great decision that was. Good storytelling, good characters, good action (reminded me of the good ‘ole Hercules/Xena days, but better), everything was just GOOD! And I’m the picky type when it comes to TV shows, especially one hour dramas. I don’t like TV too much and usually watch comedies (Scrubs, Seinfeld, etc.) The only drama I had kept up with all these years was the sometimes good, sometimes awful Smallville. So Robin Hood was a real treat to watch and the BBC show is now the definitive version of Nottingham’s famous thief in my view of the universe.
And who could not love that theme song? Or get completely pumped up while watching it? DEEP IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND, LIVES A LEGEND.
Meanwhile, my buddy Ever would continually rave about an Doctor Who, one of the most famous BBC shows ever. Being that the show has been around since the 60s, I had of course heard of it but had no idea what it was about. Though I did think it was probably good, I felt it would just be too much of a commitment. I mean, geez! Around since the 60s!! I figured I would be lost in the mythology. Adding to that was that I moved into a crappy place with a slow internet connection… much too slow for Instant Stream. So all was lost. But Ever kept raving about Doctor Who.
So now I am moved into a place with fast internet. And with a broken arm and my mind needing quick entertainment, I decided to dive into all this extra media waiting for me. And I didn’t want to watch things I had already seen. So the time was perfect. I gave Doctor Who a watch. And all I got to say is whoaaaa.
What a wild show. Stories and imagery of things I would never think up on my own. I mean fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…… this is such good television. My friend insists that the next Doctor, David Tennant is the best, but I think the one I am starting with (first Doctor of the modern series, ninth in the overall history of the show) Christopher Eccleston, is a fine lead and was disappointed to hear he only lasts one season. Hopefully I’m satisfied with his conclusion! In the meantime, Doctor Who is my current addiction and since I am quite behind, this will be entertaining me for quite a while.