Salute. I’ve been waiting for season seven of How I Met Your Mother to pop on Netflix as I’m seeing advertisements for season eight, which is about to start in September. I mean, this search even auto completes for me now… But it looks like season eight might start before I can watch season seven, hence I’ll need the Sensory Deprecator 5000.
Despite this inconvenience, the Netflix only approach, compared to cable TV, is still the best way, IMHO. Apart from obtaining media via BitTorrent or Usenet (which is not 32 years old and is still kicking), there are a few options for paid, streaming videos. But the best deal in subscribing to Netflix, are the seasons of TV shows. In fact, the making of another Arrested Development season is being hailed as a Netflix savior.
But another reason that I am continuing my Netflix subscription, are the independent films, like the hilarious black comedy, Visioneers. A Kafkaesque office fantasy with the great tagline, “Did you every feel like you were about to explode?” Even though exploding, or a midlife crisis, is mainly a first world problem, the result is usually messy, often including wrecked careers and families. Why should a person who (as in the movie’s case) has a house, a family, a boat, a job, etc… be miserable? It turns out many of us can go on like this for a while, but we explode when we realize that every day is the “same as it ever was” and we announce “my God, what have I done!?!?!” On the road to nowhere perhaps the Red Queen puts it most eloquently, ”
…it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
Of course the complaint against Netflix is that it doesn’t have many recent “good” movies, but for that I’m content to rent them from iTunes or even walk to a Redbox. But in the end, Netflix’s library, even if esoteric, suits me just fine.