The Netflix Conundrum


The Cloverfield Paradox: clearly pretty bad but it’s got a great Bear McCreary score that I would love to hear in context.

Altered Carbon: if ever a tv show was made for me, this one sounds like it- a great premise, good lead actor and solid production values.

Stranger Things: I still haven’t seen anything of it, which makes me feel like a social outcast in geekdom as everyone tells me its great (and then look at me rather strangely as if I’m one of those ‘Strange Things’ for having not seen it).

The Crown season two: wouldn’t say it was exciting me before, but having seen season one on disc, I’m more than curious to see what happens next. She ditches the corgis and raises some dragons instead, yeah? What, it’s not like GOT afterall?

Mute: Hey, bit of a mess from what I’m told but like the best of misfires, an intriguing one.

Annihilation: Alex Garland’s latest opus won’t be hitting cinemas afterall? What?

I think we’ve just hit Critical Mass folks. It goes against the grain, frankly, paying anything more to watch an increasingly fractured landscape of television programming (I swear, Sky Atlantic will never sully my tv ever…) but I finally may have met my match. I give up, I’m raising the white flag, I’m beat. They’ve even got The Expanse, that great sci-fi show I’ve had to import discs over from America in order to watch. Netflix may finally be coming to Ghost Hall in March…

3 thoughts on “The Netflix Conundrum

  1. Matthew McKinnon

    We got Sky Atlantic through NowTV to watch the new Twin Peaks as it was broadcast, and there’s tons and tons of good stuff on it. Lots of good shows, probably more than Netflix.

    Don’t get your hopes up for Stranger Things.
    I lasted two and a half episodes, it’s dross.

  2. That’s just it- there’s likely too much programming out there for anyone to ever watch. Especially with box sets of completed shows (imagine someone sitting down to digest all of The Wire or The Sopranos or Mad Men). Amazon Prime has plenty of good stuff too. While I could take or leave some tv shows (it took me years afterall to get around to Breaking Bad) I do find Netflix getting all these movies something of an ill omen for the future. Imagine Disney putting all the Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and now Fox stuff behind a paywall on some dedicated Disney channel only- no disc versions, only PPV on their own channel. That’s a dystopia worse than anything in any Blade Runner movie. But it’s a possible future, the way things are going- content is king. Maybe it’s inevitable.

  3. So, currently I have Amazon Prime, and Netflix, and also just signed up for Now TV so I can watch the Oscars. As if I don’t have enough to watch with the masses of unplayed Blu-rays! Usually I’d’ve at least cancelled Netflix while I get Now TV, but they’ve kept me with their drip-feed of stuff I really want to see.

    It is concerning how readily some studios now seem to dump stuff on Netflix, but I guess it’s guaranteed money vs. the risk of the box office. For all the money Annihilation might’ve made, they’d also have to pay distribution, advertising, the cinemas’ cut… Now, Netflix give them a lump sum (probably a considerable one), job done; and Netflix get a highly anticipated film they can boast as an exclusive to 75% of the world’s population. How long before the big screen is home only to mega-blockbusters?

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