I watch movies and television series for escapism. Watching them for anything else is a waste of time, in my opinion. I’ve watched many of both that didn’t serve that purpose, mainly because I didn’t have a choice in the matter. These days, I’d rather do something else than watch something that doesn’t interest me.
I like these genres because they’re pure fiction. Except for a very few, these stories could never happen. The “what if” factor is what keeps me engaged. Other genres bore me, even documentaries about things I’m interested in.
As a child of the 1960s, I didn’t have a lot of choices until well into adulthood. My choices were limited to whatever the family agreed upon most of the time. Fortunately, I was able to enjoy my favorite genres on various television stations outside the network broadcast times. I don’t really know why, but I couldn’t watch many movies from before the 1950s.
When I was young, I tired of television reruns, syndicated or otherwise. I think the main reason is that they were always broadcast out of order. Today, I’m sure I would enjoy some of them with better resolution, commercial-free and in the proper order. That is, if I can even find them.
I know I can get the original Star Trek series, remastered and enhanced, but a lot of the magic I experienced when I was young is destroyed by better resolution and the ability to examine scenes. It isn’t much fun when you can actually see the faces of the stunt doubles and stand-ins.
Only the genres I’ve mentioned give me the escapism I desire. Some of them even cross over each other. I’m always on the lookout for something I haven’t watched yet, but I’m not beyond watching something I’ve already enjoyed.
With all the streaming media services out there, you would think I could find anything I’m looking for, but that isn’t the case at all. Wikipedia has a list of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction that I haven’t completely examined, as well as a list of dystopian films I haven’t even paged down on. Of all those that I’ve read about, I can only seem to find a few.