I think I probably tolerate the standard drama/action plots a little better than you do, but I do understand where you’re coming from. For me to really enjoy a drama or action series, I need intriguing characters, original subplots, or maybe some good ol’ philosophical discourse to stay interested in the show (or film). I usually won’t watch if the only thing it has to offer is the cookie cutter formula you described. I think that’s why I can’t get into the new Star Trek movies. The old films and shows had a much stronger focus on philosophical dilemmas. Deep Space Nine was particularly good at that. The new Trek films are more concerned with aesthetics and action, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing if they balanced those elements out with something deeper and more thought provoking. It’s that lack of balance that kills a lot of shows and movies. I suppose that’s why, like you, I prefer reading! :)

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