Don’t mean to sound like a hipster but yeah I’m totally gonna sound like one right now… because I wanna say that I’ve been binge watching shows since before it was considered cool. Heck I’ve been at it since before that was even a term. Starting a ways back when it was first becoming possible to stream dramas with fansubs. You know before there was any type of legal licensing available. Meaning no Viki, no Dramafever, and yup that’s right no Netflix either. 😮 But before you go on thinking I’m old or something let me stop you. The truth is I just naturally started binge watching shows from a young age. A really young age. So unless you consider somebody who at the moment is not even into their mid-twenties but is closing in, old,…then I’m not 😛 Although if you do consider that old then dang, that’s gonna hurt my feelings. 😭 At that point maybe I may just rather have you focus on calling me a hipster after all. Haha
But don’t worry I’m not actually one because if I were, I would be bringing this all up so that I could pat myself on the back and show how ahead of the curve I’ve been. Which I’m totally not doing right now. Nope not in the slightest…Ok I AM doing THAT but for a good reason. 😛 But what reason could it be? Hmm..I guess it’s so that hopefully all that “experience,” if you can call it that, can give a little more weight to the reasons I’m about to give on here. I would love for it to help by giving y’all some context to go on, while at the same time show that I do know a thing or two about what I’m talking about. Speaking of which, I should really get started. 🙂
Here are my reasons why I think people should at least consider binge watching:
Avoid the Wait Times…Sort Of
This one is first for obvious reasons. If you are gonna be binge watching then clearly you are not gonna be waiting week to week anymore. Which means not having to wait like what, 7 days for the next episode. Something that at first glance has seemed inconsequential to many people out there, that is until of course they hit that particular cliffhanger that they can’t wait to get resolved. A little tid bit that has time and time again led to so much anxiety building that people around the world have found themselves at one point or another completely snapping. Resulting in them pulling all their hair out until they end up looking exactly like Saitama from One Punch Man. lol
That is why instead you should wait LONGER until a show has finished it’s run. Wait huh!? Yeah I know it seems counter intuitive but trust me it’s better this way. You see waiting for a show to end first is easier than you might think. That’s because if you haven’t actually started it, then you haven’t gotten invested in it yet. You see it’s only once you have checked out an episode or two that it becomes near impossible and you get stuck in the week to week thing. However if you hold out, sure you will have to watch much later, but it will be at your own pace and to your hearts content. To me that super out weighs the traditional viewing model.
Keep Things Fresh on Your Mind
Then to further build on that you have this reason. That is that by going from one episode straight into another, you will find yourself better keeping track of things. I can’t tell you how many times I use to forget stuff waiting week to week. To the point where I would have to re-watch the previous episode. Something I feel you should never have to do. It gets even worse though when you have shows that take an extra break like during a holiday or for unknown reasons were only God knows why. I’m looking to you Flash. *coughs*I swear that show suffers so much from that.
Bringing us now to this BIG reason. NO COMMERCIALS!!! Of course this one depends on what service you use though. But if you get the episodes through things like On Demand, through Netflix, or you go out and buy the Blu-Rays, you wont have to deal with commercials. And if the service you do use has some commercials it probs won’t have anywhere near as much as it did during first broadcast.
Now don’t get me wrong because I understand that adds pay the bills. Even if they do sometimes make like 20-25 mins out of the supposed runtime. It’s just that sometimes a show will start to get it’s groove only for it to get undermined by a badly placed commercial spot. That really irks me. Like come on guys you are messing with the flow of your own show here….
Better Schedule Your Queue
And lastly to close this post out, we have this. An opportunity to better schedule your queue. What can I possibly mean by this? Well, it’s actually not all that complicated. It means that you can better manage what you are watching. Because let’s say you started watching a show that aired on Fridays. You would then have to wait until next Friday right, meaning you would have all these other days open. So what are you likely to do?Pick up more shows to watch of course. Which means more plot points/story to keep track off.
Now if you are somebody who binge watches you can instead set a couple days for one show. That way you can give it 100% of your undivided attention. Then when you are finished with it you can then in turn pick another one to do the same. Meaning you will never get confused between what you are watching. 😀 Easy Peasy right. 🙂
So what did y’all think of this post? Hopefully it’s one both drama fans and non- drama fans can relate to or at least find mildly interesting. 😀 ‘Till next Time.