I just remembered how I loved Charmed some twenty years ago.
Watching Alyssa Milano and her witch sisters was like comfort food: it was make-believe at its best.
I even continued to watch the show in Paris, though the voices were spoken over in French. I knew Alyssa’s voice wasn’t really her voice, but after a while, I got used to her French alter ego.
There were other good drama shows on TV back then, too. Like ER and Melrose Place. Well, maybe good is over-stated, but there was a plot and there was a story. It wasn’t reality and no one ever claimed it was. The actors acted, and took pride in it.
After years and years of reality TV, I long for a story. Something addictive. Something made up. Something with drama and tension, but no explosions or car chases. And no voting out, no cooking, and no dwelling on the hardships of life. Just something comforting, entertaining and colorful.
I’d like the characters to be dressed as cutely as they were in Hart of Dixie. I’d like them to hop over from one series to another and broaden their realm. I’d like them to make me laugh like Friends did. I’d like them to make me want to stay glued to the screen as if there was no pause button.
I flick through Netflix, our Finnish version being more limited than the American one, and find nothing. Sometimes a watchable season of something random, and then I find out the show was canceled.
I want to be charmed and enchanted. Maybe it’s impossible now, twenty years of life later, to retrieve that feeling of wanting to watch an episode like it was something sacred. Marking out the weekday and time in your mind, so you don’t double book. Asking your family to be quiet when it starts, and not disturb you.
Maybe part of it was just the thrill of new experiences, which fades with age, when everything you do, you’ve already done. There are less new things to do, and all the plots seem worn out.
It might be up to me to create my own story, and make it addictive.
The photos are all taken with my phone and edited with the Photoshop Camera app, inspired by this post.