a period or bout, usually brief, of excessive indulgence, as in eating, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc.; spree.
I love binge-watching TV series. In my humble opinion, binge-watching is way better than waiting for a new episode each week. There’s nothing like spending endless hours in a fantasy world, forgetting your problems and knowing that no cliff-hanger has any power over you.
When I finally succumbed to the online peer-pressure and decided to watch Game of Thrones, I had quite a few episodes to catch up with. It was time for the binge-gods to take over my life and mould me into a semi-functioning procrastinator for a few weeks. I won’t lie, it was glorious.
Recently, a trailer for the last season of Game of Thrones was released, and I’m hyped… but not for the series. I’m hyped for the new GoT memes. My excitement for the series ended when my binge-watching was over and I was forced to wait a week before each episode of the previous season.
It’s not the show’s fault, it’s completely my fault (It’s not you, it’s me! I swear!). I should have waited longer before I started watching. In my opinion, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to watching TV shows. There are a few types of TV show viewers:
- You have the early birds, who enjoyed the first few seasons when it was all new. They are the original fans, the ones who’ll later enjoy watching their friend’s reactions to the first season. Yes, including those sadistic individuals who’ll laugh when you try to guess what will happen or even worse, some of them will give out spoilers. Later, you can usually hear them complaining how it all went bad after the (insert season here), and that they’re not happy with this-and-that in the new seasons.
- Then you have the mainstream folks who start watching to see what the big deal is. They’ll jump in and enjoy feeling like part of the group. When it comes to GoT, I guess you can put me in a late stage of this group. If you really want to watch everything from the beginning, there will have to be some binge-watching involved. The downside is – it can be awkward to switch to waiting for the new episodes. And suddenly, you’ll realize that the memes which you previously couldn’t understand, weren’t even that funny.
- There’s the sweet spot in time and space when you start bingeing just early enough to be really hyped about the last season and to enjoy the big finale with the fans. That’s what I call getting the best of both worlds. It’s like really enjoying the New Year’s Eve party and then stopping the wild drinking and dancing to count down until midnight, along with everybody else. It wouldn’t be right to start loudly counting down three hours earlier – you’d eventually get tired of it.
- There’s a sad group of people who start watching after it’s all done. Yes, they get to binge-watch the whole thing… but just imagine someone arriving at a party when everyone is already passed out on the floor, sleeping. Yes, they won’t have to share the booze, but where’s the excitement?
My biggest problem with switching from binge-watching to regular watching is that I just don’t feel sucked into that world anymore. If there isn’t a big group of people reacting to each episode, I think I would just give up the series. That’s what happened to me when I started watching Supernatural. After I stopped bingeing, I tried watching for a few weeks, but eventually just gave up and forgot about the whole thing. And when I went online, there weren’t memes about the show everywhere, to keep me interested.
It’s probably because I forget what it was that I really liked in the previous episode. What was so emotional then, after a week doesn’t seem like such a big deal. Sure, it was very sad when Daario Naharis lost his beloved pet rock, but after a week… well… surely he got over it, right? No?
What are your opinions on binge-watching?