Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A Surprising Turn of Events
I spent many evenings over the last couple months mainlining the five seasons of Six Feet Under via HBO Go. I remembered it being a good show, with a great final episode, but something about the last 15 minutes of that finale had me in tears.
Suffice it to say that I'm not a particularly emotional person, so I found this disconcerting and still don't really understand where it came from. Clearly the characters and plotlines are compelling. The dialog is well written and naturalistic, so I was drawn in and felt a connection. But I think it was more than the content itself.
I think the way in which I watched the show had a subsuming effect, adding to the experience. Specifically, I would watch in bed, on the iPad, with earbuds. My wife would usually be asleep next to me, so the lights would be off. I would also take off my glasses, limiting my near-sighted field of vision to the iPad screen in front of me, relatively close to my face, with everything outside that screen pitch black and hazy. As a result, I felt immersed, both visually and aurally.
I think all this, combined with the compressed viewing period made possible by open access to back-catalog content and hi-def streaming capability, made for an emotional connection to a piece of art that I've hitherto not felt.
It was a little scary.
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