It’s when the hottest villain named Daniel Shaw (the very Superman-ish Brandon Routh) killed our hero’s father. Revenge (or so I think it is) was done on the season’s last episode, and a tease about our nerdy spy’s missing mother was shown before the credits rolled.
Yes, I am talking about Chuck, the best TV show since The Simpsons. Yesterday was its new season’s premiere, and I gave up my part-time job for it. But since no TV network here in the country shows fresh episodes of this series, I had to look for a decent website that posts them. It took me almost an hour before I ended up with the actual pilot episode (a lot of websites ask me to register to this and do that), since the site wherein my friends Mavic and Eya watch Gossip Girl did not work.
I wouldn’t go on a synopsis here, but I realized how useful New Social Media is for fans of American TV Shows like me. I have posted an entry about Chuck before, and how fans used NSM to put up a petition for another season. But wait, there’s more.
A Page for Fans
Chuck’s official Facebook fanpage is what keeps me updated. They post links to videos behind the scenes, promos, and contests. For a fan, it feels good to be updated with your favourite show and actually join contests. They also posted a link to Season 4’s first episode (it’s on NBC.com, though I wonder why it didn’t work for me). What’s also good is that this fanpage sounds human, if you know what I mean (read the previous blog post if you don’t ;)).
Of course, another good thing is that various websites offer us a replay of episodes in case we missed it, or when we just want to watch them again.
And it’s not only for US TV Shows that these are available.
Rubi, Grazilda, et cetera
Last night, I saw Mina Loyola post a status message on Facebook that says: “New guilty pleasure: watching back eps of… Grazilda! Hahahaha coz villains deserve happy endings too. Maybe.”
This is just proof that the Philippines isn’t as backward as you think when it comes to TV shows (although we are still crazy about recycling stories and remaking Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, Spanish, American, you name it TV shows. But, oh well, that is another issue). Even news reports and documentaries post their episodes online to create more awareness.
This is good, because now these TV channels cater to a larger audience. People who spend more time on the Internet than on TV can still be in the know of what’s happening. And like Mina, and us, we can still watch their TV shows even if we did not catch them on the tube.
Despicable me, Inception, et cetera
Missed these movies on the big screen, because you do not have time? Or because you do not have the budget to enter a popcorn-scented movie house and sit on its comfortable flipping seats? Or simply because you do not have anyone to watch it with? (Aw, sucks.) Well, the internet can offer a lot. With other gracious people sharing copies of these movies, it is possible to watch these movies even when you are out of budget for actual cinemas.
What’s good about watching these movies on the internet is that you can play and pause, so it’s possible for you to watch this when you are on a break from writing your thesis or a blog post like this (that is, if you can stand the suspense). However, copies available on the internet, especially with new movies like this, is not as clear as when you watch it on the big screen. So I suggest that if there is a movie that you really like and you have money and time to spend, go for the big screen… Even if you do not have anyone to watch it with. You’ll tend to forget about him (or her) anyway, especially if it’s a good movie (Haha. I can be very bitter, yes).
The internet can be used by organizations in the same way. They can offer alternatives to the people who are not easily reached by their traditional means. The internet can do as much as to make the world smaller and life easier, right?
How about you, which do you prefer? Watching movies in the movie house or via the internet? How about with TV shows? Post a comment below and let me know. 🙂