It's been an emotional week folks.
Rory got a job and left really suddenly, Luke and Lorelie finally got together, JD and Eliot might be hooking up and Jim left New York and drove straight back to Scranton when he realized that he wanted Pam in his ten year plan. Oh, and George failed his intern exam.
If you can't tell, I'm talking about season/series finale week on television. I'm not sure why but I was particularly affected by so many of them so I've spent a fair amount of time on the couch in tears the last few days.
No I do know why-because I really love television. I think I actually like it better than movies. I love meeting a new set of characters every season and then getting to know them over the years. I enjoy the process of getting attached to these people and feeling invested in their choices. I think it's because I love that in my real life as well. I love to listen to people, I like to ask them questions, I like to know things about their lives-even little insignificant details. Television is a perfect storytelling medium for someone who loves people. I have been a voracious reader ever since I was a kid but I always miss good characters when I finish a book.
I was watching an episode of Friday Night Lights earlier this season and it was after one of the big games that the team managed to win in the last few plays. The show closes on a real high note, with all the boys hugging their parents and being so happy and excited. And I thought-if this were a movie, this is all we would get-a happily ever after. But I loved knowing that the next week I was going to get to see what happened after the game. When the victory wore off and real life crept back in again. TV characters get married, they have babies, they change jobs, they graduate, they make new friends, sometimes they even die. At the risk of sounding like a complete nerd-a well written character feels like a real friend. So when a show ends, or when something major happens as is usually the case on a season finale, I tend to get emotional about it.
I was sad to see the Gilmore Girls go. I was kind of a late comer to the show but it was full of personalities I loved and will miss. I look back at a lot of the shows I've been attached to over the years-Friends, Party of Five, Felicity,Arrested Development, The OC-and I still laugh or cry with them in reruns, something reminds me of one of the characters or a particular plot line will show up in my own life and I'll think "hmmm, what advice would Felicity's counselor have given her?" I think that's the mark of good art of any kind. When it leaves a little bit of itself with you.
So I'm not even going to apologize for rewinding the Jim and Pam moment at the end of The Office last night. If it had happened to a friend I'm sure I would have said "OK wait, tell me again? What did he say EXACTLY? And what were his exact facial expressions?"
I love TV.