If You Could Forget A Show Or Movie And Watch It Again, What Would It Be?

If You Could Forget A Show Or Movie And Watch It Again, What Would It Be?
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There are some bits of media that are so powerful that we wish we could experience it fresh, all over again.

For this week’s Off Topic, let’s talk about the movies that left a mark on you. One’s so powerful that you wish you could experience them over again, enjoying the emotional highs and lows once more.

It doesn’t have to be a film that was especially amazing: sometimes truly awful films are a great time, especially if you’re sharing them with friends. But for myself, here’s a few that I’d love to watch again:

  • The Matrix: I saw The Matrix as a kid at one of those cheap cinemas with a $2 choc top and a big cup of Coke. I’d love to have the experience over again, but in much higher def (hopefully) whilst still having that sense of wonderment everyone had about the movie. (Which quickly evaporated after seeing the sequel.)
  • Saving Private Ryan: My Mum was persuasive enough to let the Greater Union ushers at Campbelltown let me into the cinemas for this, and it was a fantastic experience especially as a young gamer growing up in a time when WW2 shooters were all the rage. It was a great experience, and miles better than The Thin Red Line.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: I rewatch GiTS every couple of years, and the series gets more timely as the years wear on. I’d love to see it for the first time again in original Japanese though: I grew up with the dubbed version of the series. And while that’s great, the performances just aren’t the same.
  • FLCL: A friend of mine is a huge FLCL fan, and I wouldn’t mind being able to wipe my memory of the series and enjoy it afresh. I don’t know whether my reaction would be any different seeing it alone than with a mate – it’s pretty weird – but I’d like to try.
  • Iron Chef Japan: Still the best cooking show ever made.

What movies or TV series would you want to enjoy all over again?


  • Heat
    Any of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series
    The 2010 Super Bowl

    And FF7 when Aerith… well, you know.

  • Star Wars trilogy. That would be epic to see for the first time.
    The Bill. This show went from 1983 to 2010 and contains 2400 episodes. Even if I watched one episode per day, it would take me over six and a half years to get through them. Now that’s value!

  • I still go back and watch episodes of Iron Chef. It was too good for this world.

    If I could watch a something for the first time again, it would have to be Star Trek: DS9.

  • SWV – No, I am your father
    Lost – WE HAVE TO GO BACK!
    AFL 2010 GF and Replay
    Death Note
    Chrono Trigger
    Ocarina of Time

    …let’s leave it there or I could go on for a loooong time

  • All the Star Wars movies. “A New Hope” came out the same year I was born, and I can’t remember watching them for the first time (I watched them all when I was very small). I’ve always known how the story goes. I’d love to be surprised by the ending of Empire.

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer – because I watched them out of order, so the big season ending of Season 2 was not that huge for me because I knew what happened in Season 3.

  • Audition. The first time I saw it, I was quite unwell, and then *that* scene happened, and I actually ended up physically ill while watching it.

    That said, if I could erase my memory of seeing Audition, I might think long and hard about whether or not I wanted to see it again.

    Otherwise, if I could erase my memory of Nier Automata once a year so I can re-experience it for the first time every year, that’d be neat.

    • Does Stargate (original) hold up. It’s one of the only Sci Fi’s I’ve never watched.

      B.G. is an all-time favourite of mine.

      • Yeah, it’s still pretty great.
        I hadn’t watched it for a loooong time, and finally re-watched them last year – forgotten how much I enjoyed it.

      • I also really enjoy Stargate Atlantis, plus Universe is enjoyable – slightly more serious / dark than the other two.

      • Some of the earlier stuff hasn’t aged well (mostly from a pacing and narrative point of view) but once you hit mid to late season 3 there’s a lot to still love.

        I’d really recommend finding the time to sit through it all, the early stuff notwithstanding, there are some true gems in there that are a great study on human behaviour and development as well as our place in the universe.

        Some must watch episodes from the earlier seasons even if you don’t watch the whole series:
        • Children of the Gods – 1×1 Pilot – introduces all of the characters
        • Brief Candle – 1×9 – One of RDA’s best performances
        • The Fifth Race – 2×15 – Fun episode that starts expanding the universe
        • Point of View – 3×6 – Explores alternate dimensions and the difference choices people make
        • Maternal Instinct – 3×20 – Introduces the concept of ascension, tees up Daniel Jackson
        • Window of Opportunity – 4×6 – By far the best time loop scenario that sci-fi has gotten, might also be known as ‘That froot-loops episode’

  • Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Dexter (so i can watch the first few seasons without remembering the later ones)
    The Simpsons

  • If only some streaming service put every single episode of Iron Chef Japan up. I managed to find a fair amount a while ago, but still… I want it all available right now.

    As for first time watch, Zodiac or Vertigo.

  • There are some great shows others have mentioned… for alternatives I’d be hard to decide between;

    Altered Carbon, Stranger Things, and The Expanse.

  • I’d love to be able to watch Alien again from fresh. I saw Aliens first, and therefore already knew who lived.

    I’d also love to be able to get the new feeling of playing FFVII again. It was amazing to me as a child.

  • It was a great experience, and miles better than The Thin Red Line.
    As an adult you now recognize The Thin Red Line is better though, right? 🙂

    IroN Chef is a good call. I’m rewatching that now for the first time in 15 years or so and I’m really enjoying it. I’m gonna say FLCL (but also I have to be the age I was when I first saw it), Community, Breaking Bad and The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

  • movie – kung pow, fuck that was a weird experienc eseeing that on TV for the first time, know most of it off by heart now.
    TV show – fullmetal alchemist brotherhood. Easily one of the best shows ever, just great in every way, characters, story, twists, drama, action and good animation.

  • LOST.

    I remember waiting eagerly each week to watch an episode to see what new mystery would present itself or if a mystery would be answered. Some of the best episodes i watched where after they discovered the hatch and the season ending with them blowing it open.

    • I loved that show at the time too. Looking back…not so sure. Kind of on the fence about watching it again, but it’s a huge time sink.

  • I’m sure there are others, but the one that springs to mind: Pan’s Labyrinth. I still love it after multiple viewings, but the first viewing just mesmerised me, from plot to effects to setting to how it was filmed. Glorious and an all time favourite.

  • The fifth element. Watch it at least once a year and stil love it. I remember seeing it in the movies the first time and just being in awe of the pacing and humour

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