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Getting sucked in against my will...

It's about that time of year when I start seeing people making lists of the new shows they are considering from the fall line up, things they tried this past year they are dropping, and things they can't wait to see renewed.

Just over 2 years ago, I cancelled my cable. It was a cost thing at the time, and though I could order it again, I don't think we really missed it. There were *moments* where we missed it or course; the kids liked Discovery channel, and I liked Space - but overall, it was a mere blip on our radar.

We have the interwebz, and this seems to be enough. No, we can't use Hulu - we're in Canada. We can't buy the pay-per-episode on Amazon.com either - Canada! Wrong side of the border. Besides, half of what the kids want to see they could find on YouTube.

In any case, I have no burning desire to order cable again. I've been slowly buying the seasons of shows that I loved, or shows that I've seen people from my fandoms move into since Buffy and SGA were cancelled.

I already had:

Buffy - Seasons 1-3
Angel - Season 1
The Pretender - Season 1-4
SG1 - Seasons 1-10
SGA - Seasons 1-5

Since I cancelled cable, I've bought:

- Veronica Mars S1-2 (this was a WONDERFUL post-Buffy show)
- Supernatural S1-4 (oh, good lord, cannot WAIT till S5 comes out!)
- Heroes S1 and S2 (the kids watched, but I have not; again, no interest)

Shows I don't have that I've seen people on my Flist talking about are:

- Torchwood (so expensive!! have not seen, would like to)
- Dr. Who (so expensive!! have not seen, would like to)
- Dexter (I saw one episode - I don't think it's for me)
- Burn Notice (I watched Season 1, no desire for more)
- Psych (saw one eppie - which, no, just really not my type of humour)
- Merlin (which I feel absolutely zero interest in even trying to watch, go figure)
- Leverage (on my list to buy)
- Warehouse 13 (on my list to buy)


A few weeks ago, for Monkey Boy and Girly Girl's birthday I decided to buy a couple shows that seemed to be really popular with my Flist:

- Chuck, S1 (I have not watched it, the kids think it's great.)
- Castle, S1 (Started watching this today. Gonna go watch more now. OMG AWESOME!)

and one that interested me:

- Fringe, S1 (It's X-Files meets CSI meets Psi Factor. LOVE. IT!)

So. My fall TV schedule, when I can afford it, will be SPN S5, Fringe & Castle S2, and finally acquiring Leverage S1.

Anyone else have any suggestions? Either for new shows coming up or old ones that could even be cancelled, but are worth getting?

Generally, I'm a SciFi fan, but I'm not going to buy X-Files, BSG, B5 or any Trek. I'll watch them, but I'm not really interested in owning them. Strange, I know.

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jenrose1
Sep. 5th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I gave up and downloaded Doctor Who and Torchwood from megaupload. Then we got netflix, and it's all there, so Kailea's watching on Netflix. Well, the recent stuff. You really only need to start with 2005 and work forward from there, Season 1 of Dr. Who, then Season 2 of Doctor Who, then Season 1 of Torchwood, then Season 3 of Doctor Who, then Season 2 of Torchwood, then Season 4 of Doctor who, then Torchwood Children of Earth, then Season 5 of Doctor Who. IMO it is not necessary to see seasons 1-4 of Doctor Who or Torchwood at all if you want to just start with Season 5 of Doctor Who, the connections are scanty enough that it just wouldn't matter.

I'm starting to watch the older stuff, a bit piecemeal, ordering disks from netflix mostly as what exists is just not that comprehensive anyway, they chucked dozens of old episodes and copies just don't exist of so much of it.

I started Fringe with season 2, and am now going back to watch Season 1 now that I have netflix. And yeah, it's pretty friggin' awesome.

Journeyman is a good one-season wonder, I really enjoyed that one.

The ones on my list that aren't on yours include, in no particular order:

House (I picked this one up in the middle and have no intention of going back to watch the rest of it until I've finished Doctor Who, which means pretty much never, since Doctor Who is eating my life.)

V (Pretty good, not wow, but pretty good)

Glee (Keeps getting better, even though the first half of the first season PISSED ME OFF LIKE WOAH.)

Biggest Loser I like, but am not addicted to

Sanctuary

And Rupaul's Drag Race (zOmg love.)

Oh yeah, if you decide you like Doctor who a lot, and can put up with stuff aimed at 12 year olds, the Sarah Jane Adventures are in the same universe and so far, pretty silly but in a good way.

FWIW, Netflix is coming to Canada in the fall, I believe, and for us it has been an awesome deal. For $14 per month, I get about 4 dvd rentals per week and a VAST number of shows to download. For example, most of the recent Doctor Who stuff is available for download, plus the first three season of Farscape, plus lots of anime my teenager watches, plus a ton of movies.

I tend to watch and send DVDs back just about as soon as I get them, within 24 hours, and so I really have as many as I care to watch. Right at the moment I have more than I care to watch as I'm on a reading fanfic jag and writing fanfic jag and trying to reset my sleep schedule plus one or two of the shows are things I won't watch when Shiny's up (or anyone else for that matter, especially with Secret Life of a Call Girl, which is Very Naughty but must be watched because it stars Billie Piper, who was the Doctor's Companion for the first two seasons of the new series, see?)
jenrose1
Sep. 5th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
Oh, and Merlin lost me at about the third episode, having Merlin be the same age as Arthur and Guinevere be a serving wench? Eh.

Warehouse 13 is something I'll watch if I have time.

Castle is awesome and full of win.
tarkrai
Sep. 5th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
At the risk of sounding like a kool-aid drinker; you might want to take a look at AppleTV. They've just changed it (new units start shipping at the end of September). I'm not sure what's in Canada, but there's an absolutely free way to check and see if it's useful for you.

Install iTunes, go to the Apple Store, and see what's in Movies and TV Shows.

If the shows you're interested in are available, your pricing will look like this:

1. Broadband internet to the house
2. Wireless router in the house (or, tv close enough to your switch that you can use an ethernet cable)
3. HDMI compatible television, or an HDMI interface box
4. Apple TV (~$99)
5. iTunes account (free)

Rentals run from 99c to $5 directly on the AppleTV. Or, you can purchase from iTunes direct to your computer hard drive, and stream over your wireless to your tv set.

So, if you already have broadband and a wireless point in the house, it's actually cheaper than buying 2-3 series to rent online. Likely, under $150 (for an HDMI box, assuming you don't have an HD television, and the AppleTV).

For links, www.apple.com. :)

I now return you to your non-evangelical thread....
tarkrai
Sep. 5th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Oh, and one last thing. It will do Netflix when it comes to Canada. :)
duncanmac
Sep. 5th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
My roommate & I have the (useful) advantage of broadband Internet. This is essential for features like bit-torrent.

I mention that because [recent] Dr. Who and Torchwood apparently are easy to obtain via bit-torrent. So too is Castle. I'm not sure about Fringe, but I can check around.

Worse comes to worst, I could send you a DVD or two for Xmas with stuff burned on it ... :-)
ladyniko
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Exactly!

She needs to be taught the ways of "obtaining" these shows.

This is how I keep up on things, since I am w/o cable or satellite.
darkrefuge
Sep. 5th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
I could not get into Fringe, though I have scene 3 episodes, the characters were just not strong enough to catch my interest.

On the other hand, I definitely recommend you watch the Season 1 of Chuck. I really enjoyed it and own it also. I don't own Season 2 or 3 yet, was sort of hoping they'd come down in price.

I DO like Castle, quite a bit, but haven't bought it on DVD.

I do have Moonlight... (a vamp series - one season wonder w/ Alex O' Loughlin) which I think you might enjoy. We DO like the eye candy, don't we Shad? LOL

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enigmaticblues
Sep. 5th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I think you're missing Eureka. The first two and a half seasons are amazing, season 3.5 is good although not my favorite, and S4 has been spectacular. Also, Colin Ferguson is HOT.
sp23
Sep. 5th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
White Collar! So cute, so fun, so pretty! It's not sci-fi, but oh my, the pretty. :-D

Eureka is good, too. I don't love it as much as a lot of other people do, but it's an enjoyable, fluffy show.

I do recommend that you watch Heroes S1. That really was good. Forget the rest of the seasons though because they totally sucked.

wonderbadger
Sep. 5th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
We're in a similar boat, cable-wise, and are perfectly happy without. We've been watching Dr. Who and Torchwood and liking both, but we just either rent them or get them from the library.
alsogater
Sep. 5th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Sanctuary, of course!

Hint: library. Free. Vancouver library has many of those series. If not, hit the tab 'interlibrary loan'. They will go to worldcat.org and get them from the nearest library whether in Canada or U.S. WCLS library system has Castle, Torchwood, Eureka, Sanctuary and Doctor Who and many, many others.

MaggieS
retro_rider55
Sep. 5th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Not even Trek Classic? I know you're not so much a Next-Gen, etc, fan.
invisiliz
Sep. 7th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Have to agree with Sanctuary, and Warehouse 13 (too much fun) We also love Fringe and Eureka (yes, Colin Ferguson IS hot, but in a totally adorable way) I have to say that I loved the first four seasons of Doctor Who, and LOVED David Tennant as the Doctor. We have those box sets, and have seen all the Torchwood.

Personally, I really enjoy Merlin, I don't mind that they are "re-imagining" the history a little - like they haven't played with the Robin Hood legend a hundred times? The actors are both adorable, and the story lines are fresh and fun. Also never miss Burn Notice, (because he decides who gets the fries.)
ttamsen
Sep. 8th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
In addition to what everyone else has said, I'd offer The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom about two physicist roomies and their next-door neighbour) which is frighteningly authentic in its geek portrayals, and Life on Mars, a British series about a police detective who's involved in a car accident and wakes up in 1973. We're not sure whether he's dreaming, medicated, insane, or actually displaced in time. Very well done, although I haven't watched the last episode, yet.

And definitely DO do yourself the favour of watching seasons 1-4 of Doctor Who -- they're fantastic.
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