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22 June 2008 @ 02:33 pm
Torturous Wait vs. Instant Gratification  
You know, it's been interesting dissecting my emotions re: Doctor Who. As I've mentioned in past entries, I watched the first season a little over two years ago in one fell swoop. Fell in love with Christopher Eccleston's Doctor and the Doctor/Rose relationship. Then whoops, at the end he was gone and there was suddenly David Tennant standing in his place and I felt betrayed. A few months ago, I decided to dive in again and watched all of season two in quick succession, finding by the end that while I didn't love David's Doctor like I did Eccleston's, I did love him, and I still loved the Doctor/Rose relationship.

Then came season three, watched over the course of a month or so as they were all available but with no Rose, there wasn't the mustwatch! all at once factor. Then I started season four -- even though it was in the midst of airing. And somewhere along the way, I got hooked. Obsessed. Bowled over. Consumed. Pick a term. I was there. And so I've spent the last few weeks bemoaning the fact that I hadn't just waited until season four was over before diving back in. That way there would be no torturous wait, I could watch it all in one fell swoop again and not suffer the agonizing frustration of waiting a FULL SEVEN DAYS!! before seeing the next episode.

But then something hit me last night as I was reading post after post on Time & Chips, and reading and discussing the after-episode reactions from all of the lovely new people in the Who-verse I've friended. Had I waited and jumped in after the season was over, sure I would have been able to watch it all together; I would have lovely, wonderful instant gratification. But, but, but ... I wouldn't have the experience of being a part of the fun, the agony, the frustration, the squee and the joy with all of my fellow addictees.

So, if the option is instant gratification or torturous wait ... as long as the wait comes along with a wonderful fandom with whom to share that torture, I pick the wait.
lavender gooms: dw: the doctordonnathe_spin on June 23rd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Resounding yes! to this post. It always makes me sad when I discover a fandom and it's sort of on the tail end, on the way to death. That happened to me with VM; by the time I showed up (just before the third season started) things were winding down and on their way to mega-implosion.

And I find that I can't get into something the same way without an active fandom. If I fall in love with something where the fandom's already dead (like ST:Voyager) I sort of read all the fic in a frenzy, never end up writing anything, and then pass it on by. I need that excitement and anticipation to appreciate something the same way.
Arabian: Donna Noblearabian on June 23rd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah. I feel slightly tail-ended here, BUT Who is far from over and I will still have much to enjoy with it. Plus, it's still sooooooooo darn good.

::Blinks:: You fell in love with ST:Voyager? I thought I was the only person on the planet who would use the term "fell in love with" and STV in the same sentence. I LOVE STV. ADORE IT!!! Freaking adore it. Like had all of the episode titles memorized, knew the best writers, directors. Rewatched episodes, read/wrote fanfic, etc. You name it. I loved it. With a passion. I got in during the third season with "Blood Fever" and became addicted to Paris/Torres -- best chemistry in Star Trek ever!!!!!!! -- and obsessed with Roxann Dawson.

Please tell me you liked P/T too? Pretty please.

Anyhoo, went back and caught all the past episodes and stayed with it to the end even if it did get bogged down and became Star Trek: Seven of Nine way too much. I loved her character, but hated her outfit and thought they overused her and underused B'Elanna (my favorite character EVER in ST). Loved Janeway. Take your Kirk, your Picard, all good and well ... give me Janeway any day. And the Doctor! Oh, aaaah, hee, another Doctor. HAH! Loved. That. Show.

Oh, tell me what you loved about it. I'd LOVE to discuss it. LOVED THAT SHOW!!!!!

Oh, and back to Who, re: icon-age, there NEEDS to be a good cap of Donna and Rose. I must have an awesome Donna/Rose icon. I have to. I simply have to.

Edited at 2008-06-23 01:52 am (UTC)
lavender goomsthe_spin on June 23rd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Heh, I do indeed love ST:Voyager, mainly for Paris/Torres. I squeed about it in my journal a few months back, and I think you commented about the awesomeness of Blood Fever, which which I HEARTILY AGREED OH MY GOD. Tom and B'Elanna are love.

Basically, I got sucked into the series again over winter break and devoured all the online content, but with no new canon and no new fic, my obsession sort of ran its course and I'm back to just watching the re-runs on SpikeTV when they're on. But I basically spent like a month and a half learning the canon backwards and forwards. I even got part-way through a P/T fic, but then I hated it and abandoned it as I do with the vast majority of things I write.

ST:VOY is really the only Trek I can love because it's one of the few that had characters with any depth. I loved those characters, Tom and B'Elanna and Harry and Janeway and all of them. The writing was definitely patchy, but I loved the premise, the Maquis crew and the Starfleet crew thown together (and then you had Tom who everyone hated) and lost a bajillion miles from home with no real hope of getting back.

I also liked that they played a lot more with character motivations than the other Treks; so many of the Trek characters are either noble and squeaky clean or totally amoral and sleazy, but on Voyager pretty much everyone has their shades of gray.
la_tante: interpretive dancela_tante on June 23rd, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
you're cute! i'm glad you're so happy! deedle deedle dee!!! *does a happy dance for arabian's being so happy*

ps i really like to wait for the seasons to end for the same reason (i'm all about the one fell swoop), but it's lovely to be able to squee with friends too!