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I'll Watch My Stories Howsoever I Damn Well Please

By Seth Freilich | Think Pieces | July 10, 2012 | Comments ()


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So I've been hanging out in the Pajiba mothership the past few days and upon commenting to Dustin that I felt like I should write something for the site, sitting right next to him and all that, he immediately yelled that I should write about Wayne Brady. Right now as I write this, there are twin Pajibabies gurgling and cooing at me. It's adorable. But I don't really do baby adorable so well. This Wayne Brady story, though, involves snark, racism, politics, black hookers, and smacking the sh*t out of someone. I also find that adorable, and that's the kind of adorable I do well.

But then, as I was gearing up to write about this Wayne Brady/Bill Maher kerfuffle, I got enraged by a Slate article I came across. So here's the quick down and dirty on Wayne Brady to appease Dustin -- on the lovely Aisha Tyler's podcast, Brady went on a rant about the fact that Bill Maher thinks Obama sometimes acts like a "white" black man, referring to him as "Wayne Brady" in such instances. It's a two minute rant culminating in: "If Bill Maher has his perception of what's black wrapped up, I would gladly slap the sh*t out of Bill Maher in the middle of the street and then I want to see what Bill Maher would do." He's in the right to call Maher out over his complaints that the President isn't "black enough" and referring to Brady, essentially, as a white-washed black man. The rest of his rant, though, is a bit over the top:

Again, I don't disagree with the main point of his underlying critique of Maher, but his overall delivery leaves a bit to be desired. But speaking of smacking the sh*t out of somebody, I want to smack the sh*t out of this Jim Pagels guy after reading his Slate missive decrying binge TV watching and audaciously claiming that for every single television viewer there is a "much more satisfying" way to watch TV. (Dustin asked how I was going to segue ... Dustin, may I present segue!)

Go read Pagel's article and come back. If I'm going to flame-bait, the least I can do is give the guy your pageviews (not that Slate needs Pajiba's help for clicks). As you'll see, he calls TV binge-watching a "pandemic" and, in focusing on how "America's unprincipled youth have flocked to the latest trend," seems to think that it's a juvenile way to enjoy television. He then has the balls to declare that "there's a proper way" to watch television, and claims that binge-watching "destroys" the experience for five reasons. Let's look at these reasons.

"1. Episodes have their own integrity, which is blurred by watching several in a row." Yes, sure, some shows are purely episodic in nature, and even some of the more serialized shows still have episodic beats and flow in their individual episodes. But the notion that episodes lose their integrity when you watch a few in a row is like saying that you can't appreciate the interplay of melody and harmony, and the overall flow, of all the songs on an album by listening to them together, because the individual songs get blurred by the experience of listening to the whole album. That's f*cking ridiculous. Some shows are so serialized that their individual episodes actually suffer for it, making binge watching the preferred way for some to watch those shows (but, again, I'm not going to deign to suggest that this is the "right" or "proper" way to watch these shows). But a show like "Breaking Bad," which expertly arcs each episode as well as the season, I don't think a smart viewer loses anything watching episodes back to back. You can still enjoy how an episode flowed and, when it's done, you are simply getting the immediacy of enjoying how it flows into the next episode.

"2. Cliffhangers and suspense need time to breathe." This isn't an entirely wrong point. It is definitely fun to ruminate on things between episodes and between seasons. Pagels notes the suspension in so many episodes of "Homeland" and says that [much] of the pleasure it provided came from wracking one's brain each week--and changing one's mind multiple times--trying to decide whether or not Brody was a double agent," a pleasure that "evaporates when you simply click 'play' on the next episode." The simple fact of the matter is that while some folks spend the week in between episodes ruminating on something like this, I suspect many do not. If I want to take a break between episodes to chew on some plot points, that's my decision. Not yours. As for cliffhangers, the sad truth is that the vast majority of cliffhangers are resolved in a wholly disappointing way. Having to wait a week or a summer to face that likely disappointment (or the the surprise of the occasional brilliant resolution) isn't necessarily a blessing and there's totally something to be said for jumping right in to the resolution and ripping the band-aid off. Lastly, this point presupposes that everyone likes living in the suspense of the in-between episodes, and I suspect that for many folks this simply isn't true, particularly in our era of instant gratification. There is no right or wrong here and it's hubris to suggest otherwise. Why would Pagels deign to claim to know better?

"3. Episode recaps and online communities provide key analysis and insight." Ah, OK. Is it that he feels threatened because online commentary may not have as much import when folks binge-watch? Pagels says that "TV recaps really do enhance one's experience of a TV show." I agree completely, for my own personal watching experience and for some shows. When I watch a smart drama, I love running to Netflix to see Sepinwall's breakdown of the episode -- he's the unquestionable king of that art, no disrespect to our own recappers here (who I also read as well for many shows). But the vast majority of TV viewers never engage with any online community. They either don't know about them, or they don't care. So the vast majority of binge-watchers are missing nothing. Pagels also ignores the fact that many shows do not have, or do not warrant, the kind of in-depth analysis that something like "Breaking Bad" gets. "30 Rock," for many seasons, was a great comedy. The "analysis" of an episode of "30 Rock," even to someone who wholly appreciates such discussion, simply isn't as "necessary" to the viewing experience as the breakdown and discussion of the latest episode of "Breaking Bad." And, get this -- Pagels recognizes that, even if you're binge-watching at home, "you can still take the time to read recaps of nearly any episode on" a host of sites. So what's his f*cking point? If I'm binge-watching and appreciate online discussions, I'll pause between episodes and see what folks had to say. I've done that, in fact. So how is this whole point a supposed strike against binge-watching? Again, I can only suppose that it's because Pagels feels threatened with specter of irrelevance.

"4. TV characters should be a regular part of our lives, not someone we hang out with 24/7 for a few days and then never see again." OK, this may be his dumbest point:

I feel like I grew up with Michael Scott, because I spent 22 minutes a week with him every Thursday night for seven years. A friend of mine who recently cranked through all eight seasons of The Office in two weeks (really) probably thinks of Carrell's character like someone he hung out with at an intensive two-week corporate seminar and never saw again.

That's god damned idiotic. If you feel like you grew up with Michael Scott, that's more a sad statement about yourself than a statement about how the rest of the world should watch TV. I watched "The Wire" week-to-week when it aired, while most of my friends watched it later in a binge. I would never claim that I have a "deeper" connection or relationship with the characters because I hung out with them over a five year period while my friends were only with them for a few weeks. Did I have a different viewing experience and perhaps a different perspective on some things? Of course. But they love Bubbles just as much as I do, and our "connection" to Bubs and the others is no different despite our different viewing methods. A good show with good characters will connect with a viewer however the viewer watches.

"5. Taking breaks maintains the timeline of the TV universe." Never mind. This is his dumbest point, as he begin by noting there are "many exceptions to this rule." Sure, a few shows are structured in a way that there is time between the episodes, sometimes even the same time as between when two episodes aired. Most shows simply have an amorphous "some amount of time" between episodes, while many others change and are all over the place. "Breaking Bad" has episodes that are very close to each other. So did "Lost." "Mad Men," meanwhile, has months between episodes. Should I binge "Breaking Bad" to keep the timeline, while DVR'ing "Mad Men" and watching only one episode every two months? This again presupposes that television viewers are complete f*cking morons who can't appreciate the fact that, even though they're watching two episodes back-to-back, the TV timeline may not flow the same way. Most of us learn this with books in like the second grade.

Our own Dan Carlson touched on this very same topic a while back (perhaps not so coincidentally, also spurred on by "Breaking Bad") and he came to a different conclusion. He found that some shows benefited from binge viewing, not just from the perspective of viewer convenience, but because they allow the viewer to digest a "heavily serialized show as one coherent work of art." Pagels would have you believe this is somehow a wrong and inherently improper thing which, of course, is horsesh*t. But Dan went on to acknowledge that not all shows would or could benefit from a mad-dash viewing, and I think he's right on this point.

In other words, it boils down to this. Watching in a true episodic fashion, versus binge watching, are two very different experiences. But just because two things differ doesn't mean one need be right and the other wrong, and certainly not to the point of absolutes. Pagels has offered an immature analysis of a rather important thing, the nature of society's changing viewing habits. Some TV creators appreciate these changing viewing habits and work very hard to appease weekly viewers while also serving a greater story arc. And they do it very well (see "Breaking Bad" or "Justified"). But sometimes, shows suffer from this approach (see "Battlestar Galactica"). Pagels seems terrified of the notion that we may be marching to point in time when at least some shows are offered in a season single-serving, but I think it's for the better. And until we get to that point, if I choose to watch a show all at once, that's my choice. Neither Pagels nor the show's creator nor anyone else can tell me that I'm right or wrong in this approach. If I enjoy and appreciate the show, it's served its purpose as art. To suggest that I must take a break between episodes and seasons, as Pagels concludes, stinks of a "get off my lawn" mentality.

All of which is to say, in the words of Wayne Brady, "if Jim Pagels has his perception of how TV must be watched wrapped up, I would gladly slap the sh*t out of Jim Pagels in the middle of the street and then I want to see what his online analysis of that episode of his life would be."

(Begrudging hat tip to HuffPo for the Wayne Brady story. Loving hat tip to News for TV Majors for the link to the Slate piece.)




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  • Dominic

    the problem for wayne brady , and apparently you , is the interpretation of Mahr's JOKE as a "criticism" ? Whether you or I as a black man like it or not , WB is seen and stereotyped as "acting white " , because of his ON-SCREEN personality . None of us really know what he is like in private . Also Obama , because of the "professorial" description of his behavior as President . I don't like it any less than Brady but I can recognize the JOKE when it is said as such . 'Cause the joke's FROM and ON the black community that devalues a proper-English-speaking , literate , NON-angry Black man
    Glad u only spent 18 lines on it . WB was definitely over the top , but i wonder if he would have been as outraged if a black man said it ? And you're wrong to sympathize by thinking Mahr was insulting on purpose ; just an comic observation , borne out by reports of blacks thinking exactly like that .

  • Felicia

    Seth-- I loved your take on Jim's article. My favorite line: " I want to smack the sh*t out of this Jim Pagels guy after reading..." lol. HuffPost Live is doing a really informal but candid discussion on the article, and we'd LOVE to have you apart of the conversation. Please email me if interested. Thanks!

  • dizzylucy

    I generally binge on shows that I'm trying to catch up on, or that are over and done and I'm just now getting around to checking out.
    On most of them, I think binge watching has made them more enjoyable - no waiting for weeks during repeats, the story gets a chance to flow, I'm into it and not forgetting stuff that's happened, and there's no commercials - nothing can ruin tension or drama like ads selling Doritos and cars.
    On an episodic/procedural show, absolutely I could see how the episodes would blend together and you'd lose something, but on well written serialized shows, it often works so much better to watch them in a binge format.

  • annecruz

    It was this article that got me so annoyed I will not be clicking on Slate again. The site often runs articles on how you are doing things wrong and Slate will set you right.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    Dickens can only be enjoyed in the author's original serialized format. If you read more than one chapter a week, you're doing it wrong.*

    (*You're not.)

  • Strand

    Well, if you're an alien who hasn't watched any of The Simpsons in your life, and decided to binge it, it would be a little weird. I still remember episodes where the internet was actually played for gags. I haven't watched the show in years, but I'm sure some modern technology has seeped in there eg. Wi-Fi, smartphones and so on.

  • Uriah_Creep

    OK, I'm just going to put this out there, and then I'll shut up about it: when some of the Pajiba staff self-censor their writing, as they very often do (seriously, you can't write shit?), I find that much more annoying than the words being censored. Let your motherfucking words fly, 'Jibans!

  • I love the cusses like a mother fucker. But the advertisers, not so much. Fucking pussies. So I try to star out the vulgarities in my posts as a middle ground. Comments, though, don't seem to matter for this point. So fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Uriah_Creep

    I rather suspected that the advertisers were the problem, Seth (in fact, I think Dustin commented on it once), but check out the reviews by, say, TK or Prisco (more like rants, amirite?) No stars there, my good motherfucking friend. Still, I guess I'll accept what makes each staff member comfortable. Thanks for the reply.

  • Jenne Frisby

    Yes, I don't understand that at all. (The self-censoring.)

  • Kati

    Soooo...now that we can read entire books in one sitting rather than read them serial-style, have we ruined the whole reading experience? Have I been binge reading this whole time? Am I "doing it wrong" when I stay up all night with a book that just won't let go?

    Sheesh. What a maroon.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Interesting point Puddin. In fact Sherlock Holmes was released in serial fashion, should we never read it in book form?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Anyone else find the "Choke a Bitch" a bit ironic in light of today's rant on rape? Perhaps a tad hypocritical? A smidge, maybe?

    No? Just me, then.

    I guess I'm just the ugly old troll who lives under the bridge.

    Carry on.

  • Hans_Gruber_is_my_Father

    One thing I wish was that Pajiba recaps were better sorted so when I'm binge watching a show from 6 months or two years later I can easily find the recap to read beyween episodes.

  • MonkeyHateClean

    Wow, he has control/entitlement issues about how I spend my leisure time.

    Jim Pagels, to further annoy you:

    * I skip entire chapters in novels when I feel like it.
    * I never break apart Kit Kat bars. I munch right through the entire brick.
    * I sometimes hang my toilet paper under rather than over because I really don't care how it comes off the roll.
    * I rarely match up my socks before I put them away after laundering them.
    * I pronounce it Pah-jeee-buh.

  • laylaness

    "* I pronounce it Pah-jeee-buh."

    Me too, friend. Me too.

  • Puddin

    Do you bite off the top of the string cheese? Because if you do, I will write a STRONGLY WORDED ESSAY.

  • David Sorenson

    Probably takes a bite out of the middle of the roll of bubble tape as well. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  • I always thought it was pronounced pah-jee-buh. Is it pah-jai-buh?

  • ERM

    It is supposed to have the same vowel sounds as vagina.
    So pah j-eye buh.

    I still say pah-jeee-buh in my head though...

  • ERM

    But with a Y sound rather than a J sound, maybe?

  • e jerry powell

    I will binge-watch the current season of True Blood just to spite the bastard.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I am ambivalent on the topic (can't muster the outrage) but the header pic is making me smile in a big way. I love that toaster.

  • Mrcreosote

    I'm trying to put together a witty binge and purge comment regarding episodes of Two and a Half Men, but it's not working out. And, if I made that comment it would probably have to be moved to the Tosh post a few back. The whole Slate article has more of a "get off my lawn" feel to it. This really is a relatively new issue, and it seems like kind of a pointless, trollish argument to make. When Penny Dreadfuls went away, did people say these new fangled paperbacks ruined reading? When I watched all of the orgiinal Batman or Flash Gordon serials at the Ground Round was I missing some of the serial experience? Come on, media changes and good stories are good stories.

  • Romeo Cranberry

    segue fail

  • I am binge watching all of Supernatural with my son this summer - 1-3 episodes at a time. Since the first five seasons had one story arc threaded throughout, it's actually better to watch them in clumps, because the overarching plot is revealed more clearly. Also, it gives us a great reason to hang out. Just bought him Firefly, so both my sons can binge watch something together. If not for the DVR and seasons on disk, I would likely not watch much TV at all. My schedule does not work with watching most shows when they air.

  • What if I wanna binge watch documentaries? I don't wanna wait till next week to find out what happened in the WW2. Kidding aside, I prefer the binge watch. Even if its just two episodes in a row, its a movie type experience. And its on your time. You still can get that cliffhanger feel at three in the morning when you know have to go to sleep and can't watch the next episode. Sometimes I've tried to watch week to week. Then lost interest only to comeback later and finish a show in one fell swoop. There is also so much good tv these days that bingeing seems to be the best way to consume so many different good stories. Especially with the trend of shorter tv seasons. Ten to thirteen episodes has proven to be ample time to tell a good rounded tv story. The shows are becoming more like novels (given that a lot are based on books). Stories that we can pick up at our liesure and consume at a rate we see fit. We have the technology and we have used it well. Also I HATE commercials.

  • I've got Jim Pagels shepherded away to the dungeons below the Red Keep, and they're readying him to copy Cersei's walk of shame/cleansing before he meets Ned Stark's fate at the hands of Ilin Payne. The Hound is watching him. I only know this because I watch GoT season 1 in about 12 hours, which is certainly less time than it took Mr Pagels to conceive of and write this idiocy.

  • John G.

    Someone does need to slap the shit out of Bill Maher. Getting high in his mansion all day and having a team of writers behind him for his show has led him to believe he's got a finger on the pulse of america, but he's just an old man who honed his craft during the racist 80s. You can always tell when Bill has written one of the jokes in the monologue, because it will contain some racist stereotype, because that's what he learned to do in comedy clubs in the 80's. I love Real Time. I never miss it. I agree with Maher on many points, but he's a racist, sexist old fogey, and Wayne Brady really should cut a bitch, or someone should.

  • GunNut2600

    Don't forget that he peddles anti-medicine/vaccination nonsense as well. That alone makes me cringe every time he shares his opinions on that.

  • Dominic

    UMM no Hate Without Lying please ! he's not that type of religious nut who thinks medicine and hospitals "interfere " with God's will . He's not religious at all . Or Back UP this with a clip . you probably misunderstood a rant that was making fun of that .

  • fracas

    I hate tv cliffhangers. Week to week is okay, but the end-of-season ones just don't work. I just can't continue to give a fuck about whatever's about to happen to the characters in BSG, Star Trek, Rescue Me, etc after months of not watching the show. There'd be more suspense for me in the time it takes to pop in and load the next DVD then there would be in waiting for the episode to come out in real time because by then it really doesn't matter any more.

  • Fredo

    And because in spite of it being 10 years old, it still remains funny as hell:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    "Oh shit! It's Wayne Brady son!"

  • Puddin

    This is when the analysis of pop culture loses me. I will debate the Renee Walker era or Zooey Deschanel's bangs for hours, but don't seriously get into a pissing contest with me because I watch my tv shows on Netflix. It's a tv show. A. TV. Show. It's the white noise that helps me forget the real problems I have going on in my life. I watch Breaking Bad [correction--I mainline Breaking Bad] because it makes me forget that I'm in a low-paying job, that I can't get pregnant, and that life isnt turning out the way I thought. I have enough people in my real life telling me all about the things I do wrong every day. Don't bring that bullshit into my little pop culture fantasy world I created for myself. Especially from someone who gets FUCKING PAID to think about this shit. Does this nerd even realize how damn privileged he is?

    Now someone post a gif of Sam Rockwell dancing before I start crying.

  • David Sorenson

    This is one of those posts where a mere "up vote" isn't nearly enough. It's more than a post. Closer to a rallying cry. I want to find Jim Pagel and tattoo this post on his stomach "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" style. Probably do the same to Joel Stein while I'm at it.

  • Tinkerville

    Ask and ye shall receive.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Puddin

    Yay! Dance! Dance, little man!

  • googergieger

    Dvds?

  • REL

    First off, Seth, I agree with most of your points, although I don't quite get why you're quite this upset with Pagels. It's just his point of view. Chill, bro.

    Despite the fact that I agree with you, I suppose there is something to be said for taking a breather between episodes. My wife and I are binge-watching Seasons 1 and 2 of "Luther" right now, and we still want to pause the DVD between episodes to discuss what just happened before we forget about it. Sometimes it's nice to have a little time to process. Just a thought.

    Also, Luther is amazing.

  • theBlackMenace

    You're singing my song! Just finished binge watching season one of Luther and dayum Idris Elba is amazing. Why anybody would prefer that doughboy Tyler Perry over him for Alex Cross is beyond comprehension. Back to the topic at hand. I binged on The Wire, and am getting ready to start on Homeland. Sorry Slate Boy, you have no idea what you're talking about.

  • Slash

    I actually like both Maher and Brady as performers, but why do celebrities not understand that their "feuds" are boring? Boring. Boring Mcborington. I don't give a shit what Maher thinks of Brady or vice versa. They're entitled to their opinions, but they can't make me care. And I don't. Not even a little. Now if only the world would stop yapping about motherfucking Tom Cruise and his latest ex-wife.

  • TheRealMattKing

    I wonder if I had binge watched Lost instead of agonizing over each cliffhanger for a week (or more, God forbid) if I would have enjoyed it as much. I wasn't a fan of how it ended, but I still appreciated the six-year-long experience that it put me through each week. If I had binged my way through it, I feel like I wouldn't have cared nearly as much.

  • TheShitWizard

    I only made it three years before giving up, but if I'd binged I may have enjoyed it more and actually made it to the end.

    As for me - some shows I binge on, others I don't. In most cases it's enhanced my enjoyment as I can still remember what happened in the last episode without any normal life stuff getting in the way, and I can get completely immersed in a world and its characters and so even more invested in their fates.

  • Forbiddendonut

    I've engaged in my fair share of binge television watching for a number of shows. Sometimes you're just in the groove and it totally works. There are times, however, where despite the desire to watch another episode and another, I force myself to stop and take a break. So, I do find some merit to the argument that some individual episodes warrant their own time and space. Some programs are so good (to me at least) that I feel like if I watch too many episodes in a row, I wont really appreciate all of the smaller moments and that episodes will blur together a bit.
    Mrs. Donut, if we're binge watching a show together, is typically the voice of that argument and I tend to agree. But sometimes, I just feel like, or "need to", sitdown and watch a shit-ton of episodes.
    I am down to one episode of "Breaking Bad" before I'm finally caught up. I DVR'd the entire 4th season (AMC was replaying it over the course of about a week late, late at night). I paced myself pretty well. I don't think I've watched more than two episodes in a row.

  • I tend to agree that binging is a great way to watch television. There is nothing like being passionate about a TV series. It's more or less the only passion I have felt in years and that has mostly been fleeting over the last few years. But with the amount of American shows I watch I am mostly regularly behind the curve which is a totally different experience to watching Dr Who. With Who I am watching it as it comes out, fully immersed in the suspense and the cock teasing (episodic story telling's best weapon) and it ends up being a totally different experience.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The biggest flaw that I find in his argument is that, in many instances, one does not have the time to watch each episode as it airs nor even in the same week it airs. Frequently I'll have three episodes of The Walking Dead or GoT sitting on my DVR because I can't find an hour to watch this week's show or I'm not in the mood for that particular program.

    Also, if I hadn't binge watched, I'd never have even started Breaking Bad, nor Firefly, nor Battlestar, Nor Parks and Rec, Nor Community. I also believe that binge watching can add more to the experience of the show as everything remains nice and fresh in my mushy brain-space and I catch a lot more of the subtle nuance of a show like Breaking Bad. It's also a fantastic way to just forget about everything and unwind for a good eight hours. Really, it's like an eight hour movie.

  • branded_redux

    Exactly. And to build on that, spacing episodes can lead to a lack of momentum and wandering away from a series. I plowed through most of Deadwood a couple years ago, but stalled out for some reason in the middle of Season 3 (not for lack of quality, certainly). I just recently went back and finished it and wished I hadn't slacked in the first place.

    Basically, I agree with what that hoople-headed cocksucker admin is saying.

  • Edwina the Magnificent

    I don't have anything further to add to the discussion, I just wanted to make note of how happy I was to read the phrase "hoople-headed cocksucker".

  • Uriah_Creep

    'Tis glorious, isn't it?

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Also: FUCK COMMERCIALS!

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Its probably worth pointing out that commercials pay for the TV you like (ok, not including HBO/Showtime). You can re-read Dustin's breakdown on how little pajiba brings in from web ads, and his little "show" here would probably have a .07 share if it were on TV.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Considering I actually watch most series on Blu-ray (I have no patience for this week-to-week bullshit) The commercials can still go screw. They get my money and in a big way.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ooh, maybe he should have written an article about how important it is for us to watch shows with commercials, since they are written with little breaks for suspense built in. Binge-watching one episode straight through just ruins that.

  • Starg McMargerson

    Binge watching television is the only reason I have to live. That and binge eating cheatos.

  • Binge watching is the necessary tonic to our failures in other spheres. Really, it's the one thing that is always there, like a well trained dog that I don't have to take out at midnight so I can pick up its shit. It gives of itself, again and again and again, or at least until Netflix fucks it up by moving it off of instant.

  • I'm currently binge-watching Homeland. Granted, it's an episode or two a night, but I'm losing nothing by watching them all at once. I did the first four seasons of Mad Men in two months with the boy just in time to watch five as it aired. There was no difference other than my lack of patience making me nuts waiting to see if Pete got punched in the face again.

  • SugarSmak

    I just read the Slate piece about an hour ago and was hoping I wasn't the only one who disagreed with the points addressed within. I am guilty of "binge watching" Breaking Bad (I've got 9 episodes to go before I'm caught up. I started watching out of curiosity and to have something to watch on my iPhone while I work out - because I need the distraction from the pain of running!) I don't think my experience is any less fulfilling than someone who watched from the beginning. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone here!

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