How does everyone out there feel about torrent sites? I'm not talking about downloading the newest album or viewing the newest flick in the cinema, but searching for those things you just can't find otherwise. They call it pirating when you download virtually anything with a copyright, but is it sometimes justified?
Case in point. I've got copies of every Alan Moore MiracleMan on a disc somewhere. The trades for those issues are all long out of print and run in the hundreds of dollars. Were they available down at the bookstore (are you listening Marvel), I would be first in line to buy the hardcover. I don't feel bad about downloading it, and I'm quite sure Alan Moore cares even less then I do.
But not everything I've ever downloaded is new, which brings me to the reason I decided to ask this question of you in the first place: The Second Season of Southland.
I love this show, and it's the best police drama to hit the airwaves since The Shield ended. I've got the uncensored Season One, and I would love to have an uncensored Season Two to go along with it. Only for some reason, it's not available, and there is no listing anywhere for it to even comes out. Why is that? It just finished up it's third season, and if it followed the lead of every other show on television the season would have hit DVD a week or so before the season premier.
But it didn't.
I checked on the shows official website, and the episodes were not there either. How does TNT expect anyone to invest in these characters if a third of the output has just disappeared?
After much searching, I did discover the shows are on iTunes, but at nearly $20 for the six episodes I'm a little apprehensive. I love the digital revolution, but I like my DVD shelf more.
So the question is there. Do I download, saving myself the $20 but with the annoyance of watching the show on my computer without nearly the same amount of quality, wait an undisclosed amount of time and pray for a DVD release, or pour over the television listings and hope that TNT runs a marathon in the near future. Or buy that import Blu-ray?
I'm only adding this because I've been asked a few times, but yeah, I always accept review/preview copies. Who turns down free stuff? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my mailing address. And thanks.
Dan Fleming is the writer/co-creator of Warrior Twenty-Seven, the independant comics anthology. He's been known to bury his nose in books since the earliest of ages, and has been busy writing a crime novel for a few moons. His comic work can be viewed at www.warrior27.thecomicseries.com. He is also one half of the podcasting duo, The Potato League Podcast, which can be found on Podbean. He can be contacted at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org