Ronin Jackson June 10, 2014 Share June 10, 2014 These days binging is all the rage. Breaking Bad went from a critical darling with a moderate following to a mega-hit after people binged through the show on Netflix in time to catch up with the final eight episodes, and Netflix is releasing their original programming in season chunks so viewers can binge through seasons. Many people wait to watch shows so they can binge through them all at once as they find it tough to wait a week to watch new episodes. I watched Breaking Bad weekly, as each episode aired. Recently, only after finishing Breaking Bad, I binged through The Sopranos (I finished the entire series in about 6-7 weeks) and am currently binging through The Shield, currently nearing the end of season 3. I am getting more and more convinced, as tempting as it is to binge through a show, that watching weekly is the superior experience. It's sort of like having a big box of candy... it's tempting to eat a whole bunch at once... but it's better to eat it in moderation. When there were major developments late in The Sopranos, it occurred to me that the folks who watched the show as it aired, talking about each episode around the water cooler, were seeing something that had been eight years in the making... where as I'd only been with the characters for a few weeks. Watching shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Mad Men weekly, it seems to me that letting the stories simmer in my mind during that week enhances the experience when I finally watch the show as it airs. I am more focused and know the story better. Watching The Sopranos and The Shield one after the other, my attention drifts... I feel like I'm not getting all the details. It has nothing to do really with the quality of the shows, both of which are excellent. But I know I'm not getting the same experience as people who watched it as it aired. Of course it's really tough not to binge when you have a ton of episodes at your disposal on demand. I suspect my opinion is a minority one since most people like to binge these days and even though I know I'm not getting the best experience, I still find it difficult not to. But just thought I'd put it out there for discussion or just food for thought... 1 Link to comment
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