So usually I just skip the tv/streaming and watch the whole season from BD.
(Expanding more upon this thought).
I recently also tried doing this with "complete series" sets of an entire tv show. Shows like Damages, The Borgias, and Dexter.
Awhile ago I did a marathon watch of Damages, where it turned out I really liked this show a lot. (I didn't watch this show at all before). Previously I thought lawyer type shows were kinda lame.
I got up early this morning, and decided to see whether Damages still holds up for me. I put on the pilot episode, and found that it seemed kinda "meh" after 20 minutes. Went on to the next episode, and it seemed kinda "meh" too.
More recently, I picked up the complete series bluray set of Dexter. Previously, I only watched the first season of Dexter when it was on prime time network television sometime during the 2007-2008 Hollywood writer's guild strike. I didn't continue watching Dexter afterward, but I liked what I saw up to that time.
About a month ago or so, I watched through season 1 of Dexter again. (The main thing I noticed was that the language was not censored). It didn't seem as exciting this time around. When I got around to season 2, I found the show to be somewhat "meh".
I haven't watched the remaining seasons of Dexter since.
On a parallel track, awhile ago I inadvertantly watched the tail end of a Breaking Bad marathon. Mostly half of season 4, and the entirety of season 5. One particular season 4 episode which went into Gus Fring's backstory caught my attention, and I recorded the rest of the marathon on the dvr. Previously I never paid any attention to Breaking Bad. I thought the premise of the show sounded kinda lame. So far what I have seen, it seemed "exciting" to me on the surface.
I don't know how I would feel about watching the previous seasons of Breaking Bad. I have not purchased any of the bluray season sets yet.
EDIT: Earlier today I also decided to go through some of my favorite Stargate episodes. They were not as exciting as the first time around, but they still held up.
I suppose if my house ever burns down or is destroyed in an avalanche or earthquake, I can probably re-buy a small number of tv show season sets without missing much of anything else. (ie. Shows like Star Trek TOS, Fringe, Stargate franchise, and the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica).
Edited by jcroy, February 15 2014 - 10:43 AM.