Thirty years ago today, the best action-comedy
ever made hit the theaters.
And I was there!
I’m not exactly sure when I started disliking television, but I have to face facts and admit I have reached that point. Used to be I’d binge like everyone else, and I had a whole slew of shows I was eager to catch up with week after week, but somewhere along the line I started to get… bored? But how could I be bored when I’m constantly being entertained? And yet I was bored. I am bored. I find I don’t want to sit in front of the TV for my usual two or three hours a night. I’d rather go to bed or read a book. What’s happened to me?
The weird thing is that right now is probably the best time to watch TV. It is true that over the past couple of years on this blog I’ve cast my eye backward to the ’80s and the ’90s and the shows which aired in those days, but most television from yesteryear kind of sucked. A handful of shows endure because those were the best TV had to offer, but for every Law & Order there’s a Law & Order: Trial By Jury. You know what I mean?
People bitch and moan about reality TV ruining things, and they’re not wrong about the generally lousy quality of those shows. The thing is, though, there are so many other options that you never have to watch another reality show again and you still won’t have enough time to get through what’s on offer. And more keeps coming all the time. If it’s not Netflix it’s Amazon, and if it’s not Amazon it’s Hulu. And if it’s not Hulu then it’s HBO. And I could go on and on. The list isn’t actually endless, but it’s lengthy enough that it might as well be.
It is the first day of summer. I’m a sucker for significant days. Holidays, birthdays, the beginning of the week. Most people get the same sensation when New Year’s Day makes its appearance. “Today is the day everything changes,” they declare. Usually things don’t, or they change for a little while before going back to the way they were. Progress is ongoing. That’s why they call it progress.
Anyway, since it is the first day of summer, it seems like a good time to recap where we are right now. As you have doubtless noticed, I’ve put my X-Files and Millennium reviews on hiatus for the time being. I do intend to return to them at some point, but I’m thinking some time apart is not such a bad thing. Both shows are a real slog to get through at this point in their lifespan and, well, that makes weekly watching not so much fun.
So what am I doing in the meantime? Not much, as you can probably tell. I still haven’t decided what I want to do with this site moving forward, and therefore it kind of sits, a neglected child, waiting for my attention.
I had hoped by this time to have some good news for you on the publishing front. Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot I can tell you. I am currently engaged in a small side project which may or may not turn into something bigger, and about which I’m unable to share details. If and when the deal either comes together or falls apart, you will be the first to know. It’s not anything earth-shattering, but it would represent another step upward on the endless staircase that is the publishing biz.