So I’ve been looking for something new to watch recently. Starting a few different series to see if I like them. And, of course, you can’t always judge by the first episode. Sometimes, it takes the whole first season to hit a groove. And, if you’ve heard over and over how great the show is, you’re left wondering how much you should slog through before it either gets to the good part or you decide the show just isn’t your jam.
But then, there are some where once you watch the first episode, you want to watch the second. The story is riveting from the start.
My contribution, to get the thread started, is Orphan Black. In the first few moments of the show, we see the main character, Sarah, get off a train and come face-to-face with a well-dressed woman who looks exactly identical to her. The woman says nothing and turns and throws herself onto the tracks in front of another train. Right away, we’ve got the central mystery of the show and it makes you want to keep watching.
For less good, I used to love NYPD Blue, but only saw it years after it originally aired when it would sort of erratically show at 4 AM, which made it hard to keep up with the story. So I found it streaming and started it again and… it definitely takes a while to get going. I’m slowly making my way through the first season now and trying to decide if I think it really gets a lot more compelling in the second season and beyond or if I actually just don’t like it as much as I once did.