The Dude and I watch a lot of TV shows. One of our favorite things to do on Saturday nights these days is pour ourselves a drink and then sit and watch multiple episodes of the TV show we are following at the time. Our genres are pretty specific to – comedy and thrillers, and we are pretty experimental when it comes to the latter category. Sc-fi, crime, political drama, psychological thrillers, court room drama – we try it all and savor it equally.
Right now, as I type this, we are watching our latest obsession – Fringe. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a show from 2008, ended in 2013, and is pretty much a modernized version of the X-files (which I sincerely hope you have heard of) – except every unexplained phenomena here is eventually explained as a result of science and scientific experiments.
It’s a fun show, and the leads are interesting. But what I am missing right now is interesting sidekicks. I have a thing for sidekicks. The best friend, the sister, the partner at work – basically the folks forming the additional track in the main story. Some would call them fillers, but to a large extent they add much more to the realism, which is usually missing when it comes to the extra perfect protagonist.
The reason we started watching Fringe was because we recently finished the famous Netflix original – Stranger Things, and quite liked it. In terms of the look and feel it was even closer to X-files than this show is. Also, the fact that it was set in the 80s, gave it that authentic vibe. The protagonists there were kids, and I loved them. Plus, it had pretty decent side stories. We finished all 8 episodes in 2 days because it was crazy engrossing. And it dealt in concepts like the parallel universe, and genetic mutation, which is the common link it has with Fringe. And while the latter has been good so far, it is not even close to how interesting Stranger Things was.
The one other thing that I think is absolutely essential when it comes to watching thrillers however, is that one needs to pay attention. Every tiny detail, every scene matters. And you can miss out on the “Whoa!” moments on these shows if you try to multitask while watching them, which basically would render the whole thing useless.
Which will also be my excuse now to wrap up this post, and get back to the television, because God knows I will hate myself if I miss out on these guys catching that weird creature they have been looking for, for the past 35 minutes.
But before I go, what are you watching these days?