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Chris and television
Television is a widely-used telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images, and a staple in almost all North American homes. It's also one of the favorite pastimes of our mutual friend. Indeed, when not "socializing", recycling, playing video games or ranting about blue arms, it's a fairly safe bet Chris is sitting down and watching TV. Lots and lots of TV.
Chris gets most of his information concerning the outside world through the television, among other entertainment media. This leads to blatantly ripping off concepts and characters from whatever he watches.
Taste in TV
Most of Chris's television staples are fairly predictable. A bland mush of animation and random-access humor is rampant, with almost all of Seth McFarlane's creations (Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show) holding his attention for hours. Indeed, Chris is such a devotee to this generic comedy that he bought tons of their episodes via the PlayStation Network, for a sizable amount of money. Adult Swim is another big favorite of our autistic hero, and he even entered one of their contests and raged when he didn't win.
Anime is another area where Chris's choices are very transparent. Shuffle! is essentially a tale of a somewhat unlikable guy suddenly being accosted by several obedient and attractive females. Gunslinger Girl is essentially a slightly unnerving bit of softcore eroticism. Excel Saga, while generally regarded favorably, is chock-full of in-jokes and parody, things that Chris can't understand but is eager to copy.
Certain bizarre choices do stick out, however. Monty Python's Flying Circus has been brought up or 'referenced' several times, along with comedian Red Skelton, and I Love Lucy. The former feature's absurdity probably piqued Chris's interest, while the final two are probably an offshoot of his decrepit parents.
Chris seems to have also watched a fair bit of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon in the late 1990s and early 2000s, making references to Cousin Skeeter, Ed, Edd n Eddy, and The Powerpuff Girls, among others. Many of these shows have gained significant cult followings, but were made for kids much younger than Chris was at the time. Seeing his other interests, though, it's not that surprising that he was watching shows designed for elementary schoolers when he was in high school and college.
Chris has also shown an affinity for some darker movies, the most jarring being the Saw series. He rarely mentions the movies, though it's possible their influence led to the events of Sonichu #10, where the Asperpedia Four were executed via elaborate death traps...well, elaborate by Chris's standards.
If this picture is clear, Chris may be using Hulu or Hulu Plus lately to watch all the shows he can't on Netflix.
- Main article: Netflix
Chris uses Netflix to satisfy his watching needs instantaneously, enabling him to reach a near-comatose state of mental saturation. Put in more practical terms, he spent more than 6 hours watching Keeping Up Appearances and South Park in a single day. Twice. In terms of averages, Chris watches roughly 3 hours of television a day, at least for the week viewed.
The huge selection and 'Instant Watch' feature, combined with Chris's need to whack, has led to some interesting choices in film. To date, he has rented Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy, Story of O, Virgin, and many more titles with sexual names and/or posters. Considering Netflix doesn't deal in porn, he's wasting his time. Other than these porno hunts and impulse rentals, Chris is pretty much interested in only two types of three types of programs; adult cartoons, British sitcoms, and comedy, displaying a remarkably narrow range of interests. The only movie that really stands out in his selections is Twilight.
Netflix has also allowed him easier access to the cartoons of his childhood, Transformers and Sonic being the most prominent. The apparent binge of Transformers-related television may have been the "inspiration" behind Sonichu #9.
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