Monday, June 13, 2005

Sunday dinner

On Sunday night, we had friends over for dinner and ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer.''
I could tell you that this was some kind of research for the new TV season. There are bunches of ''Buffy'' alumni in new shows -- Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon and Eric Balfour (a Sunnydale teen who went vampire early in the series). You could even throw in Freddie Prinze Jr. as a ''Buffy'' alum-by-association because of his marriage to Sarah Michelle Gellar.
But this was in fact a social occasion. We're part of a group that in the past has gotten together on a regular basis to watch ''The Sopranos'' and ''Carnivale'' when they had new episodes on the air. The hosting location would vary, everyone would kick in food and beverages, and then we could eat, watch TV and chat about what we've just seen.
Now we've decided to try watching all the episodes of ''Buffy'' and, when it enters the picture, ''Angel'' in order. The plan is to get together every couple of weeks and watch three episodes at a time. If nothing else, it will keep us amused until ''The Sopranos'' starts a new season.
Now, you hear a lot about watching television as a passive experience, as an anti-social activity. But if you have ever watched TV with a group of people, you know much better. When we're watching a new show, there's not only a shared experience but a shared emotion -- the shock at seeing, say, a key character get knocked off. And there is talking afterward about what's just happened. With a show people have seen before, like ''Buffy,'' there's more conversation during the show itself -- whether it's jokes about plot twists and makeup, or observations about the way something turns out several episodes down the road.
It's a good time either way.

1 Comments:

Blogger Katie said...

Thank you so much for your constant Buffy love.

12:26 PM  

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