Sierra gets really excited when she sees this comet.
Anyone can hum you the theme of all the great television shows…Star Trek, Cheers, The Simpsons. They are ingrained into our brains after watching it over and over and over and over again.
However, if we aren’t careful, our kids won’t have any theme songs to whistle to.
In the era of streaming media, an interesting feature has popped up: ‘skip intro’.
I, like you, use this feature a lot. Why would I waste my time watching the same intro over and over and over again when I can shave off a minute and get right back into the action I want to watch?
The answer to that question is…because the theme song is meant to be watched over and over and over again.
You know who taught me that? Sierra.
I’ve been watching Star Trek Deep Space Nine and I would generally skip over the intro but it wasn’t until Sierra was sitting with me that I noticed she got SUPER EXCITED when the comet starts flying across the screen and the theme music comes in. I skipped it one morning and she was really upset. I didn’t understand what was going on until I rewinded it and she sat there comfortable in watching something she loved. I’m not sure if it was the imagery, or the music, or the combination of both.
While watching the intro with her I thought about all the theme songs I grew up with and love and how new shows just don’t have that anymore because people just skip to the action. Yet another piece of our collective culture being whittled away.
We can’t even chat at the office about the show we all watched yesterday because we all watched different things…now we can’t even remember the theme song to the show we watched? What has happened?!
I’m glad it was Sierra that showed me how to love a theme song again.