I figured out why it’s taking me so long to get through Jessica Jones and Stranger Things.
It’s not just because Jessica Jones is such a intense show, dealing with heavy subject matter unflinchingly.
It’s not time: I’ve wandered in and watched basically all of who knows how many episodes of the various shows Katherine has watched to unwind: Limitless, Monarch of the Glenn, and other generally lighter shows.
I think it’s energy and tolerance for lack of closure. In a lot of shows, the problems are solved by the end of the episode.
I have my own problems, and I don’t have a lot of space in my heart for shows that might have some resolution at the end of the season, but certainly won’t before then.
They’re both great, like Babylon Five and Battlestar Galactica before them. I’ll get through them eventually, but I may be past the point where I can dive into many more grueling indefinite-length dramas.
That time would probably be better spent reading anyway.