There is a surprising trend I have noticed on the internet as of late. A very odd one at that. With the rise of the ‘Netflix Original Series’ with such television shows as Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove, House of Cards, and so forth there has been a wave of critics who have been very harsh to the series, citing that these are not meant to be television shows and are catered to people who are going to ‘binge watch’ a series instead of watch them once a week and so forth. The more that I see these people complaining, the more and more confused I become. I still do not understand why this is a problem. I mean other than being a couch potato in front of your computer or television screen for the better part of fourteen hours which can do no favors to your health, the concept of binge watching a season is not that bad or horrific of a concept that people are making it out to be. So we find ourselves on this topic today. I’m playing the devil’s advocate here and say that this new sensation of binge watching isn’t a bad thing, but it is the future of television watching in the future.
Once again I would like to preface this with the statement that this is my own list. If you disagree with it, that is cool. I love a good debate so please add it in the comments. Other than that, let’s get started with the list.
4. It is Like Watching One Long Epic Movie
One of the best parts about watching one of these series is that instead of a television shows spaced out over the span of several weeks or a 90-120 minute movie, watching it is like watching one long epic movie. It is paced like a movie, it builds like a movie. There are several different plot points and stories to follow in this grand epic of a story. Granted the words ‘grand’ and ‘epic’ may not be the first words that come to mind when you think of something like Orange is the New Black. But it does apply as a long fourteen hour narrative.
This is a new way to look at motion picture filmmaking. Think of all the new stories that can be told using this ‘binge watching’ format. Sure we start off here, but the roof is nearly limitless on the things that we can do with this new style of media.
3. It is the Future
Like it or not this is something that a lot of people are going to need to get used to. Whether you enjoy it or like the old ways of television, Netflix is the future. The way that television show are made are going to be more attuned to the ones that Netflix is putting out instead of the ones on television. HBO, AMC, and the others are trying their best to keep up by the sad fact is that the Netflix Original is just the beginning when it comes to how we watch television.
2. The Shows are Good
It would be one thing if these shows were absolutely shit. But in all honesty, with the exception of Hemlock Grove which can at absolute worst be called boring and mediocre, the rest of the shows are actually really well done. Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are both phenomenal series, the reboot of Arrested Development is amazing, almost everything that Netflix has been doing has been high quality material. So as long as they continue to produce good shows, I would say all the power to them to keep them going.
1. What is so Wrong with Binge Watching Anyways?
Seriously, what is the problem with it? Besides the fact that you turn into a couch potato for the better part of a day. As long as you have a healthy and constructive life outside of watching television, take a day off and watch a show that you thoroughly love watching. Hell it is already done with several people on these different networks with their favorite shows, why not cater to the habit? It changes the way that television is made yes, but as I stated before that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Binge Watching is just another way to watch television and as long as we do not become atrophied skin sacks then I’m the one who is saying, all the power to you, have at it, and enjoy every single second of that thirteen hour marathon.
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