Well, Blockbuster didn't have The Wire. At all. The helpful(ish) fellow on the phone said "Discs one and two are out." I said, "Oh, well, I only need the last disc." "That's out too." "Uh, okay."
Sigh. But then I remembered Lost is on Wednesdays, and all is well.
I settled Sickly Dave on the couch at around 8:00 and we began clicking to look for something to watch until the magical 9:00.
As is always the case, there was nothing on. We settled on Lie To Me, because hey, who doesn't like Tim Roth?
Dear God in heaven, that is not a good show. I think it's supposed to be a kind of House knockoff--somewhat jerky smart guy, weird deductions, team of helpers, etc. But it's STUPID. First of all, the premise itself just isn't that interesting--watching somebody's face to see if they're telling the truth isn't quite as impressive as mad medical deductions--most of us can kind of do that.
But that's not even the worst of it. There's also the writing.
Liar Detective Character: How did you feel about the victim?
Suspect: Eh, he was all right.
Liar Detective Character: Wow, that's quite a lot of contempt you're showing for him.
Sadly, this explication is necessary, since the actors they've hired aren't good enough to actually pull off contempt that the audience would recognize without being told as much.
AND THEN Lost wasn't even on! It was some kind of ridiculous fake episode where they had a narrator going over everything we'd already seen this past season! I'd never seen anything stupider in my life--and we'd just finished watching an episode of Lie To Me!
SUCH a disappointment. Gracious. Enough to make you cancel cable altogether.
On the other hand, I am definitely taking up an offer of a loan of The Wire. Because crikey, ain't got nothing else to do.