As I grow older, this is something I’ve experienced more frequently. I’ve watched a lot of television shows in the last couple years and several times I’ve been struck with extreme, profound sadness by what just transpired on the screen. Like the episode ends and I just gotta sit there for a minute without moving and just think “woah” and I go on to think about what I watched for most of the next day/week.
The most recent example of this occurred while I was watching Bojack Horseman. The episode opens with a Princess Caroline’s great-great-great-granddaughter Ruthie doing a school presentation on Princess Caroline. As the episode progresses, Ruthie tells a story about the hardship PC endures, but how she overcomes it all in the end. At one point in the episode, it is revealed that PC has had a miscarriage and she goes on a drinking bender and ends up breaking up with here boyfriend. While this was happening I thought “damn, well at least we know it works out in the end since Ruthie exists.” Then at the end, the show drives a stake through you’re heart and it is revealed that Ruthie doesn’t actually exist and it just a coping mechanism that PC uses to get her through hard points in her life.
This moment really stuck with me and I’ve thought about it daily since. I wonder what other similar experiences people might have had with TV, or even movies. Hope it’s not too much of a downer.