We switched ’round and ’round ’til half-past dawn

I’m not surprised to see that all of the streaming video services are cutting back on their offerings and downsizing to some extent.

Unlike the narrator in Bruce Springsteen’s song, for a few years now, it’s seemed like there were more than 57 channels, and something was always on. I found it literally impossible to keep up.

Of course, it didn’t help that I kept delving into old TV shows. I’m not a huge “Star Trek” fan, but I subscribed to Paramount+ to see “Picard” with Patrick Stewart — and instead, I found myself watching “Hawaii Five-O.” (The original one. Don’t talk to me about the reboot.) Lately I’ve been re-watching “Cheers” from the beginning.

I’m paying $5.99 per month to watch 40-year-old TV shows that used to run for free? What a world, what a world.

Like I said, I’m not a huge “Star Trek” fan, but as a Gen-X’er, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hit me right at an impressionable age for a young nerd, so I was looking forward to “Picard.” I was … disappointed. I found the first season … OK, but ponderous. The second season didn’t click with me at all.

I’m told the third season of “Picard” was the best so far, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

You know what two “Star Trek” spinoffs I am liking? “Lower Decks” — the animated cartoon — and “Strange New Worlds.”

Continue reading “We switched ’round and ’round ’til half-past dawn”