The My Secret Identity download finally finished. I had a moment of exasperated horror when I tried to play an episode and got nothing. A week on the d/l and the files didn't even work? Then I turned up the volume and realized that the audio was working fine. Real Player wouldn't play the video; Windows Media said the files were corrupted. The solution was to download a new AVI player, which it turned out could play the files just fine.
After over a decade, I finally got to rewatch the two and a half episodes that I accidentally taped over. They were just as I remembered them.
It was strange, though. MSI is easily my second favorite show of all time, behind only The Tomorrow People. It had a huge impact on my life. It was the first show to which I wrote fanfic, although at the time I thought I was writing a spec script. And in rewatching the episodes, I came to the realization that I really don't like the show that much. Have never, in fact, liked the show that much. This isn't a matter of outgrowing the show. I don't, and have never, liked physical humor nor humor at the expense of another person. I'm also not fond of plots based on the characters making stupid decisions. A lot of the first season of MSI has both these elements. The show grows up a little in the second season, and that's also the one I've always considered my favorite. But, looking at the third season list, I was hard-pressed to find an episode I actually wanted to see besides the two erased ones. There are scenes and bits of episodes that I adore, but the episodes as a whole just don't bear rewatching.
In pondering this, I noticed a lot of similarities to my other favorite shows, especially including The Tomorrow People. It's not the show itself I like--it's the concepts and ideas presented in the show. I love the idea of MSI; I love what the show was in my head. I'd still like to write and read fanfic for it (if any existed); but I have no desire to watch what was produced. Likewise, I've not seen any TP in years, and really don't want to. What I love are the almosts and the possibilities, and most especially the way I remember it.
It's wonderful to own the episodes again, especially so I can fact check the canon should the need arise. But, after I figure out how to burn them on to DVD, I doubt I'll ever watch a whole episode again.