Sometimes Roz Stays Up TOO Late

March 14, 2016


Above: Sketch of Christopher Eccleston in “Fortitude.” Pentel pigment brush pen and watercolor washes in a Flex Book Sketchbook (8.5 x 12.5 inches)

Shhhhh!!! Don’t tell Dick, but sometimes when he goes to bed before I do I stay up and watch new shows I know he would have no interest in.

That’s all fine, except that he and I both know there are certain shows I shouldn’t watch before bed (or any time for that matter) because I have a wild imagination.

“Fortitude” is one of those shows.

But it popped up on Netflix advertising that it had Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, and Michael Gambon in it. I didn’t even bother to read what the show was about.

Look. I love Christopher Eccleston’s ears. I think they are phenomenal. 

  1. exceptional,
  2. of the nature of a phenomenon; cognizable by the senses.

In fact I hope one day to grow up and be able to sketch his ears in person!

But even with the promise of Stanley Tucci (he isn’t in the first episode) and the fun of seeing Michael Gambon, I should not have been watching “Fortitude.”

I can’t even tell you what it’s really about because I watched one episode and in it two kids wandered off and found something?? All off screen. One kid got sick. Other weird stuff happened. And we saw a lot of icy landscape that looked like Iceland, but if they told us where it was I missed that (I was waiting to see Eccleston’s ears and was distracted).

I know I dodged a bullet. If the show had jumped to the punchline any quicker (i.e., shown more in the first episode) I would have been scared out of my skin and up all night—because I think they were going for a “The Thing” meets maybe “28 Days Later” or some other infection movie, meets “Lilyhammer.” (I just threw the last TV show in because maybe there would be some comedy. A little bit of comedy is always great to build viewer loyalty and investment in even the most “strained” of shows.)

Who knows? All I know is that night I saw enough to know that if I watched a second episode I would be in big trouble.

So with great difficulty I turned off the TV, brushed my teeth, and slide into bed, where, in the dark, I could hear the normal breath of Dick as he slept. And I could also tell that he smelt like his normal self—a carbon based life form—a Homo sapien, gender male, to be exact—and not at all like a pod-person.

I don’t think we need to mention this to Dick, do you? I promise I won’t watch any more episodes.

  1. Reply

    ha ha ha Roz
    very funny
    Thanks for there story
    and the drawing

    • joanne
    • March 14, 2016

    Okay–you have given me suggestions for very good things to watch on Netflix and now–a recommendation of what NOT TO WATCH.

    I moved from Hinterlands (Wales) to Wallander (Sweden). I want to try Dicte but it’s subtitles and I like to look at bleak scenery–not read words. I know that the brain can handle the subtitles after awhile. Sigh.

  2. Reply

    Renata, I’m glad you got a laugh! Thanks.

  3. Reply

    Since you don’t like tense stuff before bed maybe you can decide if you’ll never watch it and if so you can go on line and read story lines and such and maybe reviews and find out what happens. I have seen enough to know that nothing that happens going forward could compel me to watch it no matter how great it was and even if Jimmy Stewart rose from the dead and was in an entire season!

    I find Walking Dead fantastic for the morning indoor cycle during winter months. But last night I have to admit I stayed up to watch several episodes in a row. (I came late to the series and am only at the end of season 3 so DON’T SAY ANYTHING.) It didn’t keep me up except that I wanted to watch more. But I think going forward it’s best to save it for indoor cycling! So I can do something with all that adrenaline.

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    I think I watched an episode of Dicte. I can’t remember if I liked it. Subtitles don’t bother me. I find that after awhile, if a show is good, I just know what’s going on and I don’t have to read them, I understand enough. But you can always watch once for the subtitles and once for the scenery!

    • joanne
    • March 14, 2016

    Good idea. any suggested viewing of the quality of River?

  5. Reply

    I think it’s really hard to find something as well done as “River.”

    But for many reasons (appeal of characters, locale) I am fond of
    “Brokenwood Mysteries.”

    And I think a new season of “Vera” is coming out soon on Acorn. I’m very excited about that.

  6. Reply

    Oh no. You HAVE to watch it. It is terrific, and I hate scary shows. You should binge watch it.

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