overthinking the idiot box

December 19, 2005

Letter from the editor
Less to Read, and other Christmas miracles

People start singing that "most wonderful time of the year" song around December 1st, but really, the most wonderful time of the year doesn't begin until the stress and misery of the season is over and the presents are under the tree, the bank account's been emptied, and that third glass of eggnog has finally done its work. We here at SMRT-TV are not immune to this phenomenon: some of us are traveling to third-world countries, some of us are working two jobs just to cover the cost of a few measly gift certificates, and all of us are slightly more excited for December 26th than the Big J's b-day. (Especially since that's when Hanukkah begins.)

So please enjoy this slightly more brief issue of SMRT-TV: Some great articles, some great commentary, but not TOO much. After all, we know you're busy. We know, because we're busy too.

But there are lights at the end of the tunnel. Pretty glowy ones. And not just the inevitable holiday specials, although those offer the sweet promise of familiarity and comfort. But right after Christmas comes big college football games (even if the process for determining bowl lineups is kinda B.S.). And you can take some of your vacation days to delve into new box sets of too-SMRT TV, and actually having some time left over to look up the cultural references therein. And most of all, there's delicious sci-fi just around the corner of the new year...

Along with the next episode of SMRT-TV, coming to you on January 16th.

In the meantime, we plan to get some sleep. Visions of drug addict doctors and teen girl detectives dancing in our heads.

-Liz Shannon Miller

Return to Season 2, Episode 7.