Television Reviews – Why I Don’t Do Them

I love television. I love getting into and addicted to shows. Movies don’t provide the same experience as TV shows do.

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black.

With how much I like TV shows, and how passionate I get about my favourite shows, it seems natural that I would want to do reviews of my favourite shows. I’ve thought about it for a long time. I like the idea of doing that, but I finally came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t be any good at it.

I am very observant when I’m watching TV shows (and movies too). I always pick up on little background things and inconsistencies, like a book being open in one shot and closed in the next, or someone’s hair sitting a certain way, and then the next shot, it’ll look different, and then the next shot, it goes back to how it was before. Some of those little things drive me nuts. Sometimes, there are things put in, intentionally, to see if the audience is paying attention. I do miss things occasionally, but for the most part, I do notice those things.

Especially with CGI and green/blue screen work. It always annoys me when you see that weird glow or odd colouring around people or objects. Sometimes these things will actually distract me so much that they actually take me out of the story. I don’t like when that happens.

I enjoy watching the behind the scenes stuff. Because of that, I’ve learned a bit about how those scenes are shot, so I understand why something like a person’s might change. They often don’t shoot in chronological order, and in most cases, they shoot with one camera, so two slightly different shots could even be shot on a different day.

The reason that I don’t think I would good at writing reviews is that even though I am a very analytical thinker, I actually don’t tend to analyze the shows that I’m watching. I just watch for the entertainment. I often watch shows to distract myself from other things happening in my life. For 1 hour, I can forget about the things that are stressing me out in my life. I don’t tend to make predictions or set expectations for what will come from a show throughout a season. I just enjoy them.

Richard Dean Anderson, Christopher Judge,
Amanda Tapping, and Michel Shanks
in Stargate: SG1

One example that comes to mind is Stargate Universe. I am a huge Stargate: SG1 fan. I also really enjoyed Stargate: Atlantis. A lot of fans of the franchise didn’t like SGU because of how different the style was. To be completely honest, I did like it. It was different. It was nice to see actors from the past series make appearances through the two seasons of the show, but it was a completely different show. It wasn’t intended to be another SG1. As much as I love SG1, it wasn’t necessary to make another. SGA was very similar to SG1, which I think is why everyone liked it.

I understand why the makers of the Stargate franchise wanted to go a different direction, and it had potential to go on for a few more seasons. I would really like to see how they planned to resolve the story at the end of season 2. They really just got unlucky with what was happening with the SyFy channel in the US, since that’s where most of their funding came from. I’m sure if Space (in Canada) could have afforded to order a season on their own, they probably would have.

Anyways, I do wish that I could write reviews, but I just don’t think about shows as much as I would need to. It would require that I change the way I think while I’m watching shows, which I probably could do. Maybe some time in the future I might start doing it, but for right now, I’m just going to continue enjoying my TV shows and being a fangirl!

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