While reading the SDMB over the past few years and seeing how my wife and I are about things I’ve kind of developed a new law/correlation/somesuch which goes like this:
When you become a fan of something, the season/CD/film that makes you a fan is the one you generally regard as superior.
… My wife and I fell hard for all things Buffy during season 6 - which we still continue to think as the best Buffy season ever. No questions asked.
… We love the LOTR movies… but I find the books to be damn-near unreadable, to the point where I wonder how Jackson created his magnificent films out of such banal source material. However, people who loved the books prior to the movies’ release find MUCH more at fault in re: to the films. Me, I’m like “Tom Bombadil? Good riddance to bad rubbish!”
… I became a big U2 fan during their Eno/Lanois period and find all their subsequent work to pale beside it.
… And I could go on and on… Law and Order with Brisco/Green/Angie Harmon (rowr) is yet another. Nothing wrong with Fontana… it’s just that Brisco/Green is that much better, likely because we became fans by watching Brisco/Green reruns on TNT.
Anybody else find that this holds true for them?