someone asked me to define my feelings for better call saul recently and i wasn’t able to do it. i’ve been reviewing media for the last ten years. never professionally, but i still feel like i should have been able to conjure a few kind words about my current favorite show.
i’ve said on more than one occasion that i enjoy better call saul more than breaking bad. but when someone asked me to explain myself, i couldn’t do it. not even a single sentence. i was speechless.
the best i can guess is that has to do with how i consumed breaking bad versus how i’m consuming better call saul. breaking bad was over when i watched it. i was able to binge the entire series in a few weeks. whereas, i’ve been watching better call saul as it’s coming out.
technically, i’m putting in the same amount of watch time, but it’s spread out over several years with better call saul. the perceived commitment is larger, even when i factor in that i’ve watched some seasons of breaking bad multiple times. life is weird like that.
i’ve had similar experiences with dating.
i’ve binged all the long term relationships in my life. we’d go one date, and things would just work. i’d wake up after two years, like, “that was a cool show, but after the second season the writers got lazy.” i did that four time in a row before i started to prefer movies to tv.
or maybe the movies preferred me.