Lurking with slight bags under the eyes are a hidden army. They may look jaded today , sat at their computer terminal, punching out needless and endless numbers and words. But ask them what happened in episode three of the second series and they will suddenly burst into life. They will tell you who said what, what they meant by it, why that’s important and where its referred to again.
These pasty faced folk are the box setters. And we are an ever growing breed. Whether its series five of 24, seven of the West Wing, a rare series two of the X-Files, many many of us have succumbed and now face a serious addiction.
It starts fairly innocuously. You buy the box set because its cheap in Silver Screen and you missed a few episodes in series one. Then you find yourself not just watching the missed episodes but taking in the whole series- often in just one sitting!
Then you go to Amazon and order (or perhaps even pre order) the next series. When it arrives the whole things becomes an event to invite friends to. But only certain friends. Beware those who DARE to talk during your box set heaven,
Before you know it you find yourself making friends with people you know who have advance copies of the next series, mercilessly downloaded from the net- dangerously unstable and yet somehow compelling. You download special software to help you view..
By this time there is no route back. You are a box set addict. Its just moments until you find yourself looking up episode synopses for things yet to come. Close friendships are put in danger as you argue about impending romance. Sleep is lost as you plough ever forward towards the end of a series. You even fear withdrawal as the shows run comes to an end.
Can anything be done? Well you’re (read me) in a sorry state- but there is hope. Confession is good for the soul- so hit the comment button and tell all. Box Setters Anonymous is there for you.. well it will be after Series 7 finishes!!!!