Can scarcely believe that I’ve spent close to half my life connected to the internet. I signed up with prestel on-line back in November 1997. This was the time of dial-up where connecting to the Internet would cost you by the minute. So where playing Meridian 59 not only cost money every time I played it would also tie-up my parents phone line for hours on end. Never did I expect how my life would be so tied-into technology as it is now.
Two TV shows have given me pause to mull over life before and after the beast that is the Internet. Both are ingenious, life-affirming and have motivated me more than anything else this year. Am so happy that they have been around and weirdly enough they both reunite me with an actress and actor from a film I loved, pre-Internet, Heathers. So there’s kind of full circle, for both Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, with Mr. Robot and Stranger Things. The ’90s were periods where both these actors were everywhere. Since the turn of the new century, the pair seemed to have fallen out of favour(shame really as they are a talented pair). It’s nice to have them back and in TV shows that really connect with me. Christian shows that same unpredictable side to him as Mr. Robot as he did as J.D. in Heathers. Both these characters play to his strengths as an actor; emotive but hard to fathom. I actually find Winona’s Joyce, from Stranger Things, a little irritating and ever so slightly overplayed. If anything though, that’s down to the direction and it’s possible I’m finding it hard to adjust to her portrayal more – that and the crush I’ve had on her since Heathers makes the adjustment a little hard to accept!
Current morning motivation routine this week has seen me up by 9am, breakfast while watching at least one episode of Mr. Robot followed by email catch-up and task priority for the day. It’s been doing wonders having a great bit of TV to watch first thing. I have only got a few episodes left, of season one, of Mr.Robot and need to find something to fill the gap. Any suggestions of TV shows that would work?