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Netflix Race

My roommate got his own Netflix account a month or two ago. He asked me to recommend a few shows for him to binge-watch. I gave him a few suggestions, Arrow was one of them, and he started to watch it. He was starting with the pilot episode, while I was already ten episodes into the third season. Each season has twenty-three episodes so I had a bit of head start on him to say the least. I would follow his progress, asking him where he was in the show and what he thought was going to happen next. He was flying through it. I was only watching an episode every couple of days. Pretty soon he was done with the first season. Before I knew it he was done with the second season. Suddenly he was on the third season and steadily catching up to me. Now it’s a race, a Netflix race. I have three episodes to go in the third season and he’s fifteen episodes in. I think I’ll beat him this time thanks to my massive head start but I’m never challenging him to a Netflix race again. He’s too damn good at Netflix and chilling.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Watching Netflix

There used to be a time when people would relax at home by watching TV. That time has passed. Now we relax at home by watching Netflix. It’s so much better than TV. It streams instantly, there are no commercials, and you can binge-watch an entire season at once. Netflix has tons of shows, movies, documentaries, and original content. Most people would say goodbye to cable forever if Netflix had a sports package. I’m already ahead of the trend. I stopped paying for cable a few years ago. It wasn’t that much of a change. It sucks not being up to date on current shows like The Walking Dead, but I know that it will come out on Netflix eventually. I miss watching sports, but I’m primarily a baseball fan so I’ll throw on the radio and watch the MLB Gamecast, or I’ll catch it at the bar, or I’ll mosey on down to the ballpark and see it in person. I don’t miss cable. Netflix is easier, cheaper, and more convenient. I can watch it on my phone, iPad, or laptop any time and any place. Netflix is taking over the world for a reason, and it’s DiGiornofied the way we talk. It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno. I’m not watching TV, I’m watching Netflix.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Binge-Watching

Binge-watching (sometimes called binge-viewing) is when you watch two or more episodes of the same show in one sitting. Watching episodes back to back is the best way to really become immersed in a show. Nobody wants to wait a week between episodes to find out what happens next. This is the MTV generation. We need instant gratification. The binge-watching trend started happening in the early to mid-2000s. TV shows started to become more cinematic. Productions costs went up, shooting in HD became the norm, and they started releasing full seasons of shows on DVD, all while Netflix began to popularize streaming. This was the perfect storm which lead brilliant writers, directors, and actors to realize that TV was the perhaps the best way to tell a story. The stories became longer, more complex, and more compelling for the viewer to keep on watching. And if you have access to a full season, why would you only watch one episode of Breaking Bad at a time if you can watch four episodes? Binge-watching isn’t going away. You sit on your ass for a few hours, watch an entire season of Mad Men, you feel like you accomplished something, and nobody can blame you because they’ve done the same exact thing.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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