third season reviews a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, it was long after the rest of the world had finished watching it.
OitNB is undoubtedly brilliant, but I find myself resenting the show because reviewing it makes me feel like I'm stuck in a vacuum. Which doesn't make total sense since I review a lot of old shows that our readers aren't watching right now. Maybe I just dislike the sense of urgency, the "I have to finish reviewing this quickly before people forget what they thought about it" thing. Okay, I have another point, so I'll move on to that point.
The truth is, and I'm speaking as a viewer and not a reviewer, I find the Netflix dump-the-whole-season binge format frustrating. If I watch three or four episodes in a row of anything, or 13 episodes in just a few days, it's like eating too much candy -- it just doesn't taste as good. When I love a show, I like to savor each episode when it's over, and think about it. Back when Buffy was airing and I was completely obsessed with it, I'd record it (on VHS tape, my god I'm getting old) and then I'd rewatch it during the week before the next episode came along, unless it was a really bad one like "Doublemeat Palace". Even better, the morning after a Buffy episode aired, I'd go to my real life job and talk about the latest episode with two of my workmates who were also into Buffy. (Hi, Charles and Das!)
The communal once-a-week format is the heart of Doux Reviews. We analyze our favorite shows and discuss them with our online community shortly after they air. We just can't do that with Netflix original shows. I keep hoping that what Netflix has started won't carry through to the rest of the TV world. Imagine 22 episodes of Scandal, all at once. That much sleaze and melodrama at one time could make you sick.
So today's question is: What do you think of the Netflix binge-dump format? Do you love it, or do you wish they'd release one episode a week?
And since we're talking Netflix streaming, which of their original series do you think are the best? What should we be covering here that we aren't? (Not that we have enough writers to take on more, but we like knowing what our readers think.)
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.