Binge-Watching: Do We Lose Something in the Process?

By Joseph Gioeli

Since early 2013, Netflix has produced shows that can be binged. This new wave of entertainment has streaming websites, like Netflix, releasing shows by the season. ComiConverse contributor Joseph Gioeli determines whether or not we are losing something in the process of watching our favorite characters on the small screen in a new way.

In the past 3 years, Netflix and Marvel have partnered to bring us unique takes on some of Marvel’s most popular heroes. They began this joint venture in 2015 and by the end of this year, they will have their sixth show streaming on Netflix.

In April of 2015, Netflix aired season one of Daredevil and it was an immediate hit. Many did not think that it could get better than Charlie Cox’s Daredevil battling Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, but in 2016, season 2 pitted him against Jon Bernthal’s near-flawless portrayal of Frank Castle. A portrayal so powerful that it sprung its own spinoff show, The Punisher, set to release later this year. This series also brought solid supporting characters such as Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, and Elektra into the Netflix portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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About seven months after season one of Daredevil premiered, Jessica Jones began streaming. This series featured Krysten Ritter as the title character battling arguably the best villain to date in the Marvel Netflix shows, Kilgrave. David Tennant’s thought-provoking performance as instilled genuine fear into anyone watching. Season two is set to premiere sometime in 2018.

Almost a year after Jessica Jones, Netflix began streaming the Mike Colter-led series, Luke Cage. Luke had already been a major part of Jessica Jones the prior year, but by getting his own show, fans got a look into the origins of Luke and a more complete understanding of the character.

Most recently, Netflix began streaming Iron Fist in March of this year. This was a highly anticipated release, but was met with poor reviews. Whether it was claims of whitewashing, a weak storyline, a poor villain or a less-than-stellar supporting cast, Iron Fist had many areas of complaint. Regardless, it still introduced Danny Rand into this universe, which was the final piece needed to move forward with The Defenders. In mid-August, we saw all four heroes come together for an eight-episode miniseries as they attempted to dismantle the Hand for good.

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Most fans have watched, or will watch, these shows within days of their release. For decades, television shows followed a formula: every week, on a certain day and at a certain time, that show would air and viewers would tune in. Now, it is becoming much more difficult to continue this way of releasing shows since websites like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are creating their own shows and releasing them by the season.

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