One upside of the aforementioned-and-ongoing insanity, however, is that it brings the highlight of the weekend into sharp-and-grateful relief:
I plan to write at length about the show in the near-future. It’s a wonderful show — even, perhaps, a great one, when paired with its predecessor, — but today is not that day, because the real reason for this weekend’s pleasure was not the details of the show itself, but the experience of watching it with the entire pack of Susanka Boys.
It began on Saturday night, when the boys remembered that Friday had been “Premiere Night,” and excitedly asked if the newest episodes were on Hulu. I had to break the news to them that it was not available yet, and was not going to be appearing on Hulu any time soon, as in year(s) past. Long faces ensued, and the troop trooped slowly back to resume their “Kung-Fu Panda” viewing. Sad.
…which quickly gave way to cries of surprise and joy as I used the iPad to stream Episode 1 from Nick’s website directly to the AppleTV box (and over the much-inferior “Panda.”) Pandemonium.
I love watching with the whole group, because they bring such a wide range of emotions and responses to the table. Dominic (#1), for example, is very workman-like. He’s interested in plot points and in moving the story forward. He enjoys the whole experience, but it’s very linear and straight-forward for him.
David (#4) and James (#5) tend to respond to the humor, and tolerate the rest. Which means that they’re pretty much sitting around waiting for Bolin to say something. (The “Like a boyfriend? Or like a slave?” “Mmm..yes, Win me prizes.” line is already in heavy rotation between the two of them, and brings on gales of laughter with each recounting. Infectious fun.)
Mark (#3) is betwixt-and-between. His laughter at the “Why are you initiating physical contact with another woman?” line raised my eyebrows slightly — It’s actually pretty harmless in context, but I’ve got my eye on you, Mark! — but he’s also the one who queried me about the similarities between Miyasaki’s style and the angry spirits of “Korra’s” first two episodes. He’s always more thoughtful than I realize.
OK, so Cormac (#6) was mostly looking for food. As usual. But he was having a great time being around everyone else. He just wasn’t looking at the TV that much.
It’s going to be a fun season. And I have no intention of watching it alone.
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