I refuse to watch new trending series just to be a part of the weekly conversation on social media. I won’t have any part of it. The “one weekly episode for three to four months” is a completely outdated concept in 21st century media. Netflix killed it. Streaming companies that still do it are only forcing you into consuming content the way it’s more profitable and convenient for them to increase their subscription numbers and prolong membership time.
Just give me the whole season (or at least half) on the same launch day. I’ll watch it when I have the time. On the same weekend for 4 to 8 hours a day, or pacing myself according to my availability. I’m an adult. You don’t have to delay my satisfaction. It’s a series, not a kink.
Many times in my young lifetime I’ve been a victim of mediocre show runners (and writers too, right R.R. Martin?) that get you hooked on their project, and they either never finish it or don’t have the slightest idea how to keep writing it, turning the series into a storytelling train-wreck with each new season.
Of course the money is good. No possible argument against it. Production companies offer an amount of money you’ve never seen in your life, and of course you take it. It’s the dream! Getting paid to bring your story to life and sharing it with millions of people.
Can’t criticize you as a content creator or artist for selling your ideas. I’m not a naive 16-year old, I know that at some point of the game, you have to play ball with BIG MEDIA and ‘sell your soul’ in order to make some money or get your idea out there.
But as a consumer, I have total control of my time.
I decide IF I want to start watching your project, IF I want to see it through to the end, IF I become a spiteful internet user and publish negative reviews on online boards and forums.
My golden, timeless rule is:
“True art stands the test of time”.
If you tell me that I can’t watch a series 2, 5 or even 10 years after it’s done because ‘it didn’t age well’, then I regret to inform you that it was never meant to be appreciated to begin with. Its sole purpose was to be consumed at the moment, to pass the time.
I dare you to watch Sopranos, The Wire, Star Trek, Seinfeld, Breaking Bad, Twilight Zone, South Park, X-Files, NGE… (just to name a couple) in this day and age, and tell me they’re not completely relevant and masterful even after years or decades later.
CLICK ON WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE. NOT WHAT IT’S PLACED IN FRONT OF YOU.