Come over here. Go over there. Let’s go over the bridge, over the wall, and over the plan (while we still have a roof over our heads). But let’s not get over-confident and allow our enthusiasm to spill over. (For that might over-turn the apple cart and we won’t get a do-over!)
Something can be over — that is to say finished, done. And one can be over something (finished with it, done with it). I’ve been struck, lately, by a number of things that are over as well as by the realization that I’m over some things.
The former make me a little bit sad, and a couple of the latter, especially one, took me a bit by surprise!
Warning: There may be spoilers when TV shows are discussed!
Things That Are Over
The Good Wife — This was such a good show! As with many TV series, I often hold off until a series has been on the air long enough to get a sense of its quality and appeal (to me; appeal to others means little to me). And it helps not to get attached to anything that won’t survive a season (or less in some cases).
So I began watching in season three (but caught up with the first two eventually) and quickly became a fan. For me, the show was one of the gems of the TV week. (And I do love a good lawyer show.)
The Kings have started a new show on CBS, BrainDead. It’s… kinda silly, but reasonably watchable so far. I’m just not sure how they sustain this beyond a single season (or even intend to). I do appreciate how they show the bugs making both sides of the aisle bat-poop bonkers.
Castle — Speaking of something being over, as much as I enjoy it, I’ve been expecting this show to die. It had pretty much drawn all possible water from the well, and it was starting to become repetitious and somewhat silly at times.
Still, they had a lot of fun tricking you into thinking this time the plot actually would have supernatural elements. But in true Holmesian fashion (or Scooby Doo, for that matter), it’s always human agency.
And, importantly for me, I liked and respected every character in the show. If I’m to spend much time with imaginary people, I need them to be people I’d want to hang out with if they were real. (A single movie or novel that studies an awful character is one thing. A TV series is a whole other ball of wax. Those are “people” you’re choosing to hang out with.)
As with The Good Wife, I came into this show late. I didn’t realize that Richard Castle was played by Nathan Fillion who I liked so much in Firefly. I kept thinking that guy in that new show Castle looked so very familiar…
Person of Interest — As a work of science fiction, I had a lot of problems with both the fiction and the science of the show. But for a TV science fiction show, it proved to be a superior product. It won me over despite my problems with it, and that’s saying something.
A lot of it has to do with the characters, in particular the character of the characters. The moral issues Finch struggles with reveal him to be a highly intelligent man of high values and great compassion. The evolution of John and Samantha (and even Sameen) gave the show depth and texture.
And the show raised some interesting questions about privacy, surveillance, freedom, and security. The central premise examines the age-old tension between freedom and safety.
All three of these shows (as well as the next) are populated with people I would enjoy knowing if they were real. Many of them I’d happily call friend (or in a few cases, sweetheart). I’ll add that I thought all three wrapped up their series nicely!
Anthony DiNozzo (and Ziva David) — [spoiler!] So Tony left NCIS to be a father to the daughter (by Ziva David!) he didn’t know about. Until Ziva got killed. So Tony is (presumably) gone, and Ziva is definitely dead. Sadness!
I suppose it was inevitable. He’s been there since the beginning (13 seasons!), and that’s a long time to play a single character. Any actor would want to branch out. What will be really interesting is seeing who they replace him with.
And Tim is now the senior member of the team! (It’s been fun watching him grow over the 13 seasons.)
Et Alia — Rizzoli & Isles (my guilty pleasure) is in its last season. Not sure about Major Crimes (which is a spin-off of The Closer), but I wonder how long that one will continue. The Librarians has a third season coming (yay!), so I’m not done with TNT shows just yet.
And kudos to TNT Ondemand for not disabling FF. Love you guys for that!
Anyway, that’s an awful lot of over in my personal TV fiction world!
I’m totally in fictional mourning.
There are fictional lilies all over the place (and the smell of old electrons).
Things I Am Over
Star Trek — Yes, that’s right. I’m over Star Trek. I have been for a while. It’s been 50 years for me. That’s a lot of Trek. I’ve seen all the TV episodes (except Voyager, which I didn’t care for) multiple times. Many multiples in some cases. And I have, like, 80 of the original TOS novels.
(Star Wars? I was never that into it, and to the extent I was it was mostly the first, world-changing, movie plus the two original sequels. The Han Shot First thing (and the other revisionism) pretty much ended it for me. The next three movies made the disaffection permanent.)
Superhero Movies and TV Shows — I realized this was true when I missed several episodes of Agents of SHIELD… and didn’t care! In that particular case, I’d grown to really dislike nearly everyone on that show, but extra especially Daisy and Mack. Hate those guys.
I began to realize this when Supergirl (on CBS) began to bore me. Keeping up with the plot arcs began to feel like an unwelcome chore. (I won’t be following the show the The CW.)
Even Gotham, which I never really liked (too revisionist, Jim Gordon is a dumb thug, and there’s really no one in the show to actually like). Robin Taylor’s Penguin was kinda fun, but it’s not enough to sustain me.
Cable News — I posted recently about how I’m done with CNN. (At least, the American TV channel incarnation of it. They do better with their written and international aspects.)
Last week I tried to watch a bit of TV news about the GOP convention. I just couldn’t take it. Even PBS annoyed me. I turned it off after less than five minutes. I’m just so very, very over watching and listening to talking heads go on and on. This election cycle has made very clear how little they really know.
(It’s a bit like baseball stats. Analysis of what has happened can be very good and often rock-solid. Predictions of what will come based on past events seems like more and more of a crap shoot.)
Bernie Sanders — Not only over, but growing increasingly irritated with. Dude. You lost. Time to get behind the winner. Time to convince your crazy followers to get on board with enthusiasm.
Train is leaving; stop acting like Republicans!
Look. The distance between the hardest core Sanders supporter and Hillary Clinton pales in comparison to the distance to the National Embarrassment. Given who’s on the ticket, are you really going to let being piqued about the election allow even a ghost of a chance the monster wins?
And on that note…
Over and out!