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New Friends and New TV

Regarding my last entry, Ryvre said it made her brain explode because it drives her nuts when people say there's no good television being made any more - when the medium is vastly superior to where it was at, say, 10-15 years ago. I agree, actually, and clarified that I wasn't saying that; what I meant to get across was that in the last year or two I hadn't heard anybody rave about television shows with a fervor that made me think: "WOW! I have GOT to check that out!"

Which is why it was such a pleasant surprise to receive that very thing - in spades - the following night.

On Thursday evening, while at Ian and Rae's place, I was asked how I knew them. And I paused for a moment, and realized the chain of events, and had to laugh.

A couple of months ago, Kyle - whom I first met as the outrageous Freddy Mercury in The David Bowie Christmas Special 1977 (the remount of which starts next weekend!) - was holding a birthday party at The Spot. There was enjoyable dancing to terrible music; it was great to see the cast of The Living Canvas again, a cast which had instantly bonded like none any of us had ever seen before; and I met new people, including a coworker of Kyle's, Ridgely. Ridgely, in that first meeting, spoke with impressive geekery about anthropology, LARPing, and writing. Clearly, I thought, she's one of My Kind of People.

And yet when I received an invite to a housewarming party from Ridgely and her boyfriend Robert for their new place ... I wavered. Not that many years ago, the idea of going to a party where I knew virtually no one sounded like the very definition of terror. My experiences in London largely changed that ... but such a thing never completely disappears, not entirely, and the idea made me nervous. Up to the night in question, I still questioned if I would go.

Until I realized that I hadn't actually put myself in that kind of situation for a long time. In London, I'd had to meet new people fairly often, and quickly shocked myself by finding that I ... enjoyed it! Since I'd been back, I'd not been made to face that challenge nearly as much.

So I went. And had a great fucking time! Ridgely and Robert are warm and friendly - and this party where I'd been nervous of not connecting, where I'd worried about having common interests with which to connect with people, turned out to be populated with awesome geekery of all levels. Gaming geeks. LARPing geeks. Computer geeks. Bollywood geeks. Writing geeks. I ended up staying much later than I'd expected, simply because there was never a time in which I was not having a blast!

Yay! I smiled broadly as I drove home. New friends!

So when Ian and Rae, whom I'd met at the party, sent out Facebook invites about beginning weekly game & movie nights at their place, I was quick to join in.  Yes, please!

Reconstructing all this, as I say, made me laugh. "How do I know them? Well, Kyle threw a party and I met Ridgely. Ridgely threw a party and I met Ian and Rae. They threw a party and I met you. Now you have to throw a party and ..."

Anyway.  Before we put on V for Vendetta - it was the Fifth of November, after all - I saw that Fringe was currently on the television. And I asked Ian about it, relating my lament from the previous night about not having heard anyone rave about it, or any show of the last year or two, to any degree that actually excited me.

Well, it turns out Ian's good at that. Really good.

First of all, he tells me about Fringe. For the first time, someone is raving to me about it in terms of over-the-top excitement. It's not just "pretty good", it's not just "fun": It's Awesome. But okay, I ask: What's it really about, apart from the X-Files-ish "investigating fringe science" thing?

What a minute. WHAT?! It's about parallel universes? And nobody told me?!??

Well, shit. That's exactly what I'd been wanting to hear this past year. Give me another!

And he did. He told me about Charlie Jade, a short-lived series from South Africa based around the idea of parallel universes to an impressive degree, and with a fascinating premise. He talked about The Lost Room, a miniseries starring Peter Krause, where something unknown happened to the room in question ... and imbued each and every object that had been inside it with strange and seemingly random powers. He told me about a Frankenstein pilot that never got picked up for series, set in modern-day New Orleans, in which the doctor creates not one creature but several, all of whom have been living their own lives in society. (Checking its wiki page, I see that this was an idea from Dean Koontz that he then wrote into a trilogy of books. Also - WHOA, it starred Parker Posey AND Adam Goldberg?! I love both of those people!)

It was pretty amazing, really. After writing, only the previous night, about how I hadn't been hearing rave reviews about new television, I then got a SLEW of new recommendations, all of which I'm eager to check out.  I'd either been talking to the wrong people, or asking the wrong questions.

And so I open the question to you:

What amazing television have YOU discovered in the past year or two that impressed the hell out of you, and you think I should watch?

It may be a while till I can get to 'em ... but rave about it with enough passion, and I'll surely want to give it a try.


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Nov. 9th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Ryvre has also gushed about both Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone. I'll have to nudge those two up the pile a bit!
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