Have you ever started a book, and then by the time you’re twenty pages into it realized that it’s wonderful? By the time you’re 1/3rd of the way through, realized with pursed lips and bittersweet regret that at some point it will end? By the time you’re half way through, fought the competing temptations of reading on apace to find out where it finally goes, and slowing down to savor it?
Have you ever read a book like that?
I felt that way about “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, when first I went through it. And I’ve read it a dozen times at least since then, always finding something new in the master’s lines, but never quite regaining that bittersweet regret. I felt that way about everything that Patrick O’Brien wrote in his Aubrey/Maturin series – a set I’ve read another dozen times at least, laughing at all the same old dog-eared places
And now I get that feeling again watching the “Firefly” DVD collection.
I don’t know where I was when this came out, flared briefly in the night and settled down into the place where TV shows go that do not get new seasons. I was at sea, I reckon. It came out in 2002, and we were very busy. No TiVo, then either.
Kevin turned me on to the “Serenity” movie when it came out – they’d put out an invite to local bloggers to preview the show. I missed the sign-up for the free show, but paid for it the day after. And then saw it again the week after that. It was… good. Not great, but good. Good enough to see twice, in a week’s time. Good enough to back purchase the DVD collection of the solitary TV season that inspired the movie.
And now I’m half way through it, and wishing it might never end. I force myself to pace myself – no more than two episodes in a night. It’s hard. I want it all. Now.
The series is wonderfully done, perfectly paced, an unfolding mystery, a western masquerading as science fiction, and a love story masquerading as adventure. How did this not last? Oh, the TV audience, those blocks, those stones, those worse than senseless things!
Yeah, I know. I’m geeked.
But I am enjoying it mightily.