I have been a Netflix subscriber off and on (more on than off) for pretty much as long as their streaming service has existed. I’m even happy to admit that I have grown to love it more over the years as their list of offerings, especially original content, has exploded in size. With that said, I have come to realize that my love for Netflix has done considerable damage to my television viewing expectations and experience.
I’m Not As Excited For Movies
My favorite Netflix series is Marvel’s Jessica Jones. I love all the Marvel series, but Jessica Jones edges out the others by just a hair. And one of the greatest things about it is that there are 13 episodes, each just under 1 hour, that tell a full story with as much detail, grit, and drama as possible. That’s more than 10 hours of content that wouldn’t have existed if Marvel had chosen to make a Jessica Jones movie instead of a television series. The movie would be too fast paced, not nearly as impactful, and lack most, if not all, of the tiny details that make you love Jessica Jones’ character. Why? Because you can only tell so much in a 2 hour movie.
It is this realization that has made me leery about spending my money or time watching any movie that isn’t a romantic comedy or something with an overly simplistic plot. That’s not to say I don’t still love some movies, but I find myself wishing that some had been created as a series instead. Not only does it give you more creative freedom to say/do what you want, but it allows more time for some of those sped up action scenes that always leave me shaking my head, wondering what in the world just happened.
When you watch a television series, it feels more like you are being thrust into the world of a character. Movies, in contrast, feel like Instagram stories. You only see the best little bits that are deemed the best/most exciting, while everything else is hidden neatly away for you to wonder about. I would much rather see more “uneventful” content and feel like I am more fully submersed.
I Am A Spoiled Baby (And I’m Losing My Patience)
It’s Sunday, which has very quickly become one of my favorite nights of the week with the return of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. That in itself is not a terrible thing. However, I have become so accustomed to binge watching my favorite shows that it has made the 166 hour wait between episodes almost unbearable.
I realize that this is very much a first-world problem and I really have no business complaining about it at all. But it’s very much an “issue” that I have to bring up if I am discussing the ways that Netflix has ruined television for me. They have spoiled me beyond hope.
That is especially true with the added benefits of not having to watch commercials and, with the addition of one of their newest features, no longer having to watch the 10-30 second introduction for my favorite shows. As much as I love Family Guy, I can only sit through so many iterations of the opening song before I start to go a little batty.
I’m sure that in time, I will discover even more reasons to love Netflix and hate normal television. In the meantime, there are just a few hours left until The Walking Dead, and I am going to go finish watching something that Netflix doesn’t yet provide – live sports.