I’m a gleek. I admit it. I watch the show, I watch repeats of the show, I own the dvd’s and my ipod is full of Glee. Glee is a fun show to watch, but it also makes me sad because as much as I love the show (and I do) I’m not invested in it. I know what you’re thinking, I sound pretty invested. Trust me when I say I am NOT invested. I stopped getting invested in shows around 10 years ago.
First there was Roswell. Based upon the Roswell High books by Melinda Metz. A show about four teenage aliens trying to live a normal life on Earth. But it wasn’t the sci fi element that was so great, it was the metaphor that we all feel like we’re aliens. And the love story – that was the best. That was the first show I was ever truly invested in. I searched spoiler sites trying to find out what was going to happen, I wrote fan fic and I went to message boards to talk about the show. Interesting side note, I met people I consider among my closest, dearest friends because of Roswell. Friends that i still talk with on a daily basis.
I was invested in this show. I cared about this show and the characters. I wanted it to go on forever. But, it didn’t. It was gone after three short years and some really bad story lines and special effects. At the same time, there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I came late to the Buffyverse, but I came hard. I LOVED this show. I still do. In fact, as I sit here typing, Older and Far Away from season 6 is on my television. In fact, there is so much love that my gps is named Rupurt Giles and my minivan is named Spike. Hey, if I have to drive a minivan, it should at least have a cool name, right?
But Buffy went away. Sure there was a satisfying end to it. Unlike Roswell, I mean they tried, but while it was good, it wasn’t great. So Buffy and Roswell are over. There have been other shows I’ve liked since then and some I’ve loved – like Glee. But I’ve never been as invested as I was with shows like Roswell and Buffy. I kind of miss the feeling, but then again, I don’t think I have it in me to put that much into a television show.