With so many exceptional viewing options available on television today, it’s hard to find time (and DVR space) to look after everything on your must-watch list. So you may skip an episode or two, maybe even an entire season. It’s okay, though. You’ll catch up, albeit slowly, by finding the random late-night rerun. Yet, the more likely scenario involves you diving head first into a deep pool of broken plot lines and a cluster of unfamiliar references. You may be left scratching your head in confusion for most of the new season, but you’re still in the game, right?
Before the magnificent invention of the highly sought after Netflix subscription, this may have been a problem for you. No one likes to jump straight to the middle of a movie. Why should television be any different? With the creation of instant streaming, viewing episodes you have unfortunately missed is now easier than ever.
This past week I’ve had the pleasure of feasting on the daring third season of Lost Girl (Tamsin, yay! Lauren, nay). Not to mention, I’ve quickly been absorbed into the first season of the ridiculously impressive series, Scandal.
With such a wide (or so they say) collection available (for a price) so easily, it’s completely understandable to find yourself watching a series in bulk. Yes, I confess. I’ve been binge watching.
The lack of any commercial interruption is a definite bonus, and the immediate supply of back catalog episodes make it exciting and effortless to find yourself intensely involved in a new show. There are drawbacks, of course. That distinct feeling of anticipation, waiting week to week for your favorite show, it’s obsolete. Cliffhangers? Forget about ’em! Immediate resolution is at your fingertips.
It may seem like a good idea at the time, to erase the thrill of suspense (for some shows, at least), but aren’t you losing something, some essential ingredient in your TV watching experience? I’m not sure. Binging allows the audience to completely immerse themselves in a program for a short period of time, to watch that thing right now without delay; instant gratification. It’s a sign of the times and not always a good thing. The pre-Netflix occurrence is not, necessarily, an outdated system, only one made irrelevant by its surrounding environment.
I have no preference, either way. I just know that I have to wait eight more months after Monday’s surprising Sleepy Hollow finale for its return. How will I fill those excruciating long eight months? By binging on a myriad of shows I’ve always wanted to watch, but never had the time for.
Though it may not seem like it, awards season is almost over. Which means, there are only a handful of times left before you can look at this picture of Cumberbatch and Fassbender dancing at the Golden Globes after party without it seeming creepy.
Actually, it means there are only a couple of more weeks before the big show, the Academy Awards, the Oscars. It’s a highly embraced tradition for the FanGirl household to gather for the event, to try to put others to shame with an awe-inspiring win, by correctly guessing the victor of each category on our scorecard. I’ve only seen one nominated movie so far (a new low for me), but I’m confident I’ll have a place on the leader board. The trick is to vote with your head and not your overly hopeful heart; who will win versus who you think should win. I’ve been burned by those optimistic desires on more than one occasion. Specifically, when it comes to the winner of the best comedy in the television category at the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards. I make the same mistake every time. I vote for the show of shows, The Big Bang Theory, when I know they will get shutout. Again.
Modern Family. They are a thorn in my side. Year after year they scoop up that statue and I find myself cringing with despair. I apologize in advance for what I’m about to say, but the show is not that good. This is not a one-sided argument, either. I’ve watched the show on several occasions and I don’t find it to be overly comedic or exceptional. I’m sorry, but I don’t. They’ve won the coveted award several years in a row now. How? Why? Every show has a lackluster season. Even The Big Bang Theory has an average season now and then. It’s the same with 30 Rock. They’ve been off the air for years and they’re still winning. How is that even possible? It can’t be fair. The category should be limited like a presidency, after so many consecutive wins, you’re not eligible anymore. A certain nerdy show should have an opportunity to win sometime within this century.
Seriously, it’s a totally valid argument.
Send Her a Membership Card, Stat!
Jennifer Lawrence was noticeably shaken and starstruck last weekend on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild awards when she came face to face with Homeland‘s Damian Lewis. She proudly voiced her fondness for the show, stating she had watched the first two seasons of the drama repeatedly to an Access Hollywood reporter. When Lawrence finally got the attention of Lewis, her attempt to hide was adorably ineffective. This where the fairytale ended, however. The reporter suddenly and incessantly asked Lawrence about a major spoiler regarding Lewis’ character. Lawrence didn’t even seem to hear her at first, but when the words finally registered, the disappointment and hurt on Jennifer Lawrence’s face was evident. It was if . . .
It was as if her whole world fell apart from this one ill-timed spoiler about her favorite fictional character. I mean, that only happens to . . . that only happens to . . . us.
How did we not see it before? She is fangirl.
Have you ever “Binge Watched” before? How does it compare to watching week to week? Which method do you prefer? Which nominated movies have you seen so far, if any? Do you think a television show should be limited to a certain number of wins before they’re ineligible? Which film do you think should take top prize at this year’s Oscars? Which actors? Do you think Jennifer Lawrence’s reaction was justifiable? Have you ever been in a similar situation? Tell me in the comments!