Thank You House Of Cards And NetflixPosted: March 1, 2013
In My Humble Opinion: The Netflix show House Of Cards finally recognized what Americans want when it comes to televised entertainment, instant gratification. I remember when I first got into some other shows like; Sons of Anarchy, Lost, Dexter, The Shield, and 24. I didn’t start watching those particular shows until the first few seasons had aired; hell I don’t think I watched 24 and Lost until they had gone completely off the air. Why did I wait you might ask? I’m not sure to be honest with you. I will say this though; I know I enjoyed them more via Netflix and On Demand than I would have on regular television. To illustrate that fact; I’ve caught up on Dexter and now tuning in each week isn’t as exciting as it was when the next episode was at my fingertips. I enjoyed the shows more because I didn’t have to wait a whole week to find out what was going to happen. What’s Jax going to do about Clay, how’s Vic Mackey going to get out this, or how many more times will Jack Bauer yell, “Damnit Chloe we don’t have time!” Watching the shows after a full season or multiple seasons have already aired, I don’t have to wait for those questions to be answered. Don’t get me wrong, this can be a bad thing too. I’ve sat down and blown through about 3 or 4 episodes of a show in one sitting (of all the other productive things I could have done?). Another drawback is that the “shocker” moments lose some of their luster because I’ve already heard about the majority of them. For example, I just caught up on the first two seasons of Game of Thrones, another awesome show by the way. Unfortunately, when Sean Bean’s character loses his head in Season 1, it didn’t come as that big of a surprise because I had already heard about it happening back when the episode originally aired. All this being said; House of Cards, a show on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has finally taken advantage of our need to instantly know how the next episode, or two episodes, or whole season is going to pan out. Netflix released all 13 episodes of the show at once and I for one couldn’t be happier. Once an episode finishes, it’s almost become a reflex to point my remote and order the next one to see what happens. How Netflix translates this new airing method into revenue (the show doesn’t have commercials) I don’t know really know. Frankly…I don’t really care; I just hope that other shows follow suit and adopt this very same method in the future.