Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Cursed DVD Box Set

A post by Vanessa

The emergence of DVD box sets has really changed the way people have been watching T.V. over the past few years, because now if you were to miss an episode of your favourite show you can simply buy the box set of that season and watch it over and over again. I don’t think I know a single person who does not own, or is planning to own, a box set or two. During our first class the most common thing that people would bring to the island was a box set of either a season or a whole series to keep them entertained. Many people may wonder what is the problem with that?

The problem is that people, including myself, don’t know when to stop. The box set controls our lives in a way, people don’t seem to be able to function properly when they get a new season. I know that within my apartment alone we have watched the entire series of and the City, six seasons of Seinfield, three seasons of Smallville, one season of CSI, one season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, one season of The OC, one season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and one season of Xena: Warrior Princess. All of those shows have been watched since the middle of September to now, I’m afraid to total all the hours of our lives that we have potentially wasted. People don’t do their homework or readings as often as they should because they need to be watching the next episode of something or other.

The DVD box set is both a gift and a curse, it allows you to relive fabulous memories that you and your friends may have shared together while watching a show. It also allows you to remember the reasons why you loved that show so much to begin with, while finding out all the little details you never noticed before. The curse of it is that we can never get enough, we will buy season after season and watch for days and days just because we can. We need to find a balance, so here is my sound ending advice:

An episode a day will keep your grades at an A.

3 Comments:

Blogger Calvin said...

That is a whole lot of box sets to have watched for a lifetime let alone a semester. I wonder how many hours of TV that would accumulate to. I can understand watching a whole box set of a show like 24 which is full of suspense and leaves you hanging at the end of each episode, but Xena? Even Buffy? I don't think I would be able to justify watching a whole season of Xena, let alone admit to it. At least it is commercial free television.

Calvin

8:22 AM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger blair said...

Now Calvin, careful what you say about Buffy.

Seriously though, does the Box set change the way that TV happens? TV used to rely on commercials for its money but now, with spin off revenues from Box sets, will they need to have as many commercials. With the advent of so many specialized channels will we need the main networks anymore? The micro marketing that goes on seems almost limitless given the apparent cost of producing DVDs.

10:10 PM, March 12, 2006  
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