I just got out of a relationship with a certain House MD. We started out passionately in love and ended up with my screaming vitriol at the TV screen while my show thought it was giving me what I wanted, but was failing at every possible level to be anything of the show I had fallen in love with.
Although the actual date of no return fluctuates in my mind, I think it was pretty much over by ODOR and I spent the better part of the next five years resenting what had been and wishing it had been returned to me.
Other people are mourning and all I feel is relief. I did my mourning for five years in my weekly babbles as I begged my show to revert to the thing I had fallen in love with and it failed. This is completely THEIR failing and has naught to do with me. If you really believe that anything post-ODOR comes near to the awesomeness of seasons 1 and 2, then we were watching different shows. Hell, watch a single differential from the first two seasons, when they actually knew how to make those scenes about the medicine AND the issue of the week instead of ONLY about the issue or soap opera plot. (As damigella_314 and I discussed recently.)
One reason I held on as long as I did, aside from the occasional piano-gasms and a few nice shots of Hugh Laurie's eyes (equivalent to a few bouts of hot sex after there's nothing left in the relationship) was my place in the fandom. I was still writing fic and interacting with wonderful people. I couldn't see walking away as long as I was still part of a community. I couldn't let go of the shared Zeitgeist.
I managed to give up Glee, because despite whatever pleasures it might have AND the fact that it was THE Zeitgeist show both in the real world and the fannish one, the show itself actually sucks. No amount of gay fanservice or stunt guest appearances changes that. The actual product is like chicken salad that's been in the deli counter all day and you can see the crust growing around the edges.
I'm not eating crusty chicken salad to stay up-to-date with the popular kids anymore than I will eat crap-covered twinkies just because it LOOKS like something remotely gay is being done on television. (That includes "canon" relationships that are chemistry-free zones.)
So the question is, what else have I been watching for Zeitgeisty, fandom-based, keeping up with the cool kids reasons, that I'm really not enjoying and that I should plan on cutting loose? At the moment I am seriously considering taking White Collar off my Tivo. I feel it's a case where a good premise has been pretty badly ruined by blatant fanservice. I'm just not sure there's enough Mozzie, Satchmo, and Diana to make me want to see some of what's been leaked.
I'm not QUITE there yet. Because...you know, fandom. On the other hand...Boxing? REALLY?
More on this bout of angst as it develops.
NCIS stays because Hubby watches it obsessively and even when it gets bad (and it does) at least it's a different brand of bad, and I know the slashy stuff really is just subtext and no one is pretending otherwise.
I'm sick of Bones, but Hubby still likes that too. Hubby is generally not "fannish" about shows or movies. His typical assessment of a movie is: It was good; I liked it. If it stops being good as he defines good, he stops watching. He agrees with me that the soap opera stuff on Bones is crap, but he still sees enough value in what's left of the actual procedural to make it worthwhile. I think he felt that way about latter-day House, which really drove me bonkers. I was like, "Can you not see that this is a loathesome piece of crap, that is like spitting on the grave of the great show it once was," and he was like, "No."
I do plan to at least watch the first episode of Elementary, although that's for Zeitgeist/Fannish reasons, if only to be able to keep up with the mockery.
Things I'm working to catch up on from Netflix.
Justified: About to start 2nd season.
Mad Men: About to start 4th season.
The Good Wife: About to start 2nd season
Still going through as much of Classic Who as possible. Currently working on the Fourth Doctor. I do have to admit that in a lot of cases the Featurettes about the episodes are more entertaining than the actual episodes. I do love the people who show up in supporting parts, such as Tim Pigott-Smith in The Masque of Mandragora.
For some reason, I'm still trying to get through the first Season of Angel and asking myself why.
Fanfic-wise...not madly inspired by ANYTHING right now, although I have one in progress and a few ideas for Come As You're Not. As for whether there will be a Come As You're Not...stay tuned, I'll be doing a poll soon to feel out the Chelsea Drugstore for opinions and enthusiasm levels.
Speaking of that...when a fandom is over (as House is for me) does one chance the Icons and even the Blog Name that symbolized one's passion for the fandom? I'm probably going to switch out some of my House Icons to make rooms for things I still care about, but I do like the name of the blog and will probably keep that. (Everyone needs a place to get their prescription filled.)