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Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:12 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


How many of your favorite series do you prefer to watch as they originally air, and how many do you find are actually better when you can wait for the DVD set and binge-watch?

I was not able to see Firefly originally broadcast. If I had known, I could have taped it, but my taping largely ended with Dark Angel's end. after seeing Serenity in 2005, I finally saw Firefly in 2007 towards the end of a marathon on Sci Fi, starting with the end of Ariel. When I got the DVD set, I pretty much binge watched it, couldn't really stop.

Some current shows seem like I'd like them better if I could binge on them. Continuum seemed to work well when I binged. Due South seemed to work better when waiting a week between. Sometimes I am unable to watch certain weeks of Person of Interest, Castle, Elementary, and then the whole train has derailed.

Some parts of DVD viewing are much better - when I finally watched ER many years after it aired, I was able to skip over the ridiculous political gibberish and junk science parts to watch the decent storylines. Made me glad I never attempted to suffer through that crap on a weekly basis.


Which series do you think work better "live" or watching each newly aired episode? Why?
Which do you think work better in a DVD set, or other binge compatible viewings? Why?
Are there some that work well for parties or other group viewings?
How much does the depth of "arc" stories affect your answers?

I think Backstrom works well weekly.
I suspect Gotham would work better as binge - too many things change to keep track of from week to week, maybe missing one.
I can't tell whether Arrow would be better as binge, or not.
I wonder if SHIELD would be better as binge.

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Friday, April 10, 2015 5:37 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Forgot to mention that syndicated shows have similar effect. Seeing one or two episodes per day of Mentalist seems to help the continuity. L&O seems less in need of binge - the episodes are more freely interchanged, not like some soap opera.

Nobody has a preference?

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Friday, April 17, 2015 10:37 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


I can't think of any show that's not better watched via binge method.

Some times , when the stories aren't directly connected, it may not be such a big deal, but I find it really does help.

I think Wonderfalls is the last DVD series I bought. I mean, what's the point anymore ? What isn't on Netflix, or OnDemand, soon will be.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 3:06 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:
I can't think of any show that's not better watched via binge method.

Some times , when the stories aren't directly connected, it may not be such a big deal, but I find it really does help.

I think Wonderfalls is the last DVD series I bought. I mean, what's the point anymore ? What isn't on Netflix, or OnDemand, soon will be.


So do you watch live shows - meaning those on original air dates?
There is only so much time in the day - time spent watching shows when they air means missing some binge watching of something else.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:35 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Rarely do I watch shows on first run aka 'live'. any more. Like right now, I think I'm missing the season premier of Orphan Black. Like I care. I mean, I do, but I'll catch up tomorrow. Or when ever.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:11 AM

MOOSE


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:

I think Wonderfalls is the last DVD series I bought. I mean, what's the point anymore ? What isn't on Netflix, or OnDemand, soon will be.



But it won't always be available on those services.
Want to watch Serenity right now? Not on Netflix, Amazon Prime, nor Hulu.
Stuff I really like, I prefer to have my own physical media.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:27 AM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!



They rotate shows off and back on their lists. I thought Firefly was on Netflix, recently. And Serenity ? I have 2 copies of it , so it's a moot point.



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Sunday, April 19, 2015 2:58 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I wonder if gone are the days of limited release. Once upon a time you could not obtain or watch a copy of Star Wars, for like decades it seemed. Joan Jett's I Love Rock & Roll was unavailable on CD for over 15 years, and when the vinyl copies ran out they were not resupplied. The Terminator was very hard to get for many years. I still have DVDs I would like to purchase but they are not available.

With the glut of entertainment being pushed out, I wonder how many of the really good works are being held back, and we don't even notice anymore.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 5:46 PM

MOOSE


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:

They rotate shows off and back on their lists. I thought Firefly was on Netflix, recently. And Serenity ? I have 2 copies of it , so it's a moot point.




Exactly. You can watch Serenity whenever you want because you possess your own copy of it and aren't dependent on the whims of Netflix and studio execs and what they decide to have in their streaming library. That's the point of maintaining your own physical media library.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 5:48 PM

MOOSE


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
I wonder if gone are the days of limited release. Once upon a time you could not obtain or watch a copy of Star Wars, for like decades it seemed. Joan Jett's I Love Rock & Roll was unavailable on CD for over 15 years, and when the vinyl copies ran out they were not resupplied. The Terminator was very hard to get for many years. I still have DVDs I would like to purchase but they are not available.

With the glut of entertainment being pushed out, I wonder how many of the really good works are being held back, and we don't even notice anymore.



I have noticed that James Cameron hasn't released The Abyss nor True Lies on bluray.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 6:48 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Moose:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
I wonder if gone are the days of limited release. Once upon a time you could not obtain or watch a copy of Star Wars, for like decades it seemed. Joan Jett's I Love Rock & Roll was unavailable on CD for over 15 years, and when the vinyl copies ran out they were not resupplied. The Terminator was very hard to get for many years. I still have DVDs I would like to purchase but they are not available.

With the glut of entertainment being pushed out, I wonder how many of the really good works are being held back, and we don't even notice anymore.



I have noticed that James Cameron hasn't released The Abyss nor True Lies on bluray.


Can't find The Hot Spot on BluRay, and Hopper is dead, isn't he?
Cameron and George Lucas seem to have kept the greatest control or restriction of release on their works.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 11:27 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Yep, saw Firefly and Done the Impossible on Netflix. Also, Farscape, which i need to rewatch from the start. Or would if there were time. Dammit.

I need my own TARDIS

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:29 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


I have the rare privilege of having watched Firefly 'live' from Day One and then binge watch with my son. I was hooked originally when I saw a promo on Fox - Serenity flying over a group of wild horses. That shot captured my imagination, I just had to watch. I was not disappointed.

Which way is better? With Firefly it doesn't matter, both have impact for the obvious reasons - the perfect storm of story, cast & crew, and the writing. I tend to lean towards binge watching because Fox had a tendency of interrupting the air dates (and as we later found out, the sequence of air dates). Nonetheless, this gem was well worth waiting for.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
How many of your favorite series do you prefer to watch as they originally air, and how many do you find are actually better when you can wait for the DVD set and binge-watch?

I was not able to see Firefly originally broadcast. If I had known, I could have taped it, but my taping largely ended with Dark Angel's end. after seeing Serenity in 2005, I finally saw Firefly in 2007 towards the end of a marathon on Sci Fi, starting with the end of Ariel. When I got the DVD set, I pretty much binge watched it, couldn't really stop.

Some current shows seem like I'd like them better if I could binge on them. Continuum seemed to work well when I binged. Due South seemed to work better when waiting a week between. Sometimes I am unable to watch certain weeks of Person of Interest, Castle, Elementary, and then the whole train has derailed.

Some parts of DVD viewing are much better - when I finally watched ER many years after it aired, I was able to skip over the ridiculous political gibberish and junk science parts to watch the decent storylines. Made me glad I never attempted to suffer through that crap on a weekly basis.


Which series do you think work better "live" or watching each newly aired episode? Why?
Which do you think work better in a DVD set, or other binge compatible viewings? Why?
Are there some that work well for parties or other group viewings?
How much does the depth of "arc" stories affect your answers?

I think Backstrom works well weekly.
I suspect Gotham would work better as binge - too many things change to keep track of from week to week, maybe missing one.
I can't tell whether Arrow would be better as binge, or not.
I wonder if SHIELD would be better as binge.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:36 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
How many of your favorite series do you prefer to watch as they originally air, and how many do you find are actually better when you can wait for the DVD set and binge-watch?

I was not able to see Firefly originally broadcast. If I had known, I could have taped it, but my taping largely ended with Dark Angel's end. after seeing Serenity in 2005, I finally saw Firefly in 2007 towards the end of a marathon on Sci Fi, starting with the end of Ariel. When I got the DVD set, I pretty much binge watched it, couldn't really stop.

Some current shows seem like I'd like them better if I could binge on them. Continuum seemed to work well when I binged. Due South seemed to work better when waiting a week between. Sometimes I am unable to watch certain weeks of Person of Interest, Castle, Elementary, and then the whole train has derailed.

Some parts of DVD viewing are much better - when I finally watched ER many years after it aired, I was able to skip over the ridiculous political gibberish and junk science parts to watch the decent storylines. Made me glad I never attempted to suffer through that crap on a weekly basis.


Which series do you think work better "live" or watching each newly aired episode? Why?
Which do you think work better in a DVD set, or other binge compatible viewings? Why?
Are there some that work well for parties or other group viewings?
How much does the depth of "arc" stories affect your answers?

I think Backstrom works well weekly.
I suspect Gotham would work better as binge - too many things change to keep track of from week to week, maybe missing one.
I can't tell whether Arrow would be better as binge, or not.
I wonder if SHIELD would be better as binge.



I have the rare privilege of having watched Firefly 'live' from Day One and then binge watch with my son. I was hooked originally when I saw a promo on Fox - Serenity flying over a group of wild horses. That shot captured my imagination, I just had to watch. I was not disappointed.

Which way is better? With Firefly it doesn't matter, both have impact for the obvious reasons - the perfect storm of story, cast & crew, and the writing. I tend to lean towards binge watching because Fox had a tendency of interrupting the air dates (and as we later found out, the sequence of air dates). Nonetheless, this gem was well worth waiting for.


SGG


Do you find others which are preferable as binge?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:11 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Yeah, Fringe.......best served hot and heavy, I would caution: you need patience because it unfolds or peels off like an onion. several layers, but well worth it.
Fringe refers to fringe science with a mad scientist and a determined FBI agent; it's X-Files with a different side of sci-fi.

Game of Thrones, although I wasn't as impressed with Season 5.

And I recently was turned onto Deadwood, look in the credits for a familiar name, also familiar theme music. Excellently written show, good to great characters and solid performances. Not your typical western, it reminds me somewhat of Unforgiven, a bit of revisionist style western. dirty rotten scoundrels on horses; and, at times, funny too.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
I have the rare privilege of having watched Firefly 'live' from Day One and then binge watch with my son. I was hooked originally when I saw a promo on Fox - Serenity flying over a group of wild horses. That shot captured my imagination, I just had to watch. I was not disappointed.

Which way is better? With Firefly it doesn't matter, both have impact for the obvious reasons - the perfect storm of story, cast & crew, and the writing. I tend to lean towards binge watching because Fox had a tendency of interrupting the air dates (and as we later found out, the sequence of air dates). Nonetheless, this gem was well worth waiting for.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
How many of your favorite series do you prefer to watch as they originally air, and how many do you find are actually better when you can wait for the DVD set and binge-watch?

I was not able to see Firefly originally broadcast. If I had known, I could have taped it, but my taping largely ended with Dark Angel's end. after seeing Serenity in 2005, I finally saw Firefly in 2007 towards the end of a marathon on Sci Fi, starting with the end of Ariel. When I got the DVD set, I pretty much binge watched it, couldn't really stop.

Some current shows seem like I'd like them better if I could binge on them. Continuum seemed to work well when I binged. Due South seemed to work better when waiting a week between. Sometimes I am unable to watch certain weeks of Person of Interest, Castle, Elementary, and then the whole train has derailed.

Some parts of DVD viewing are much better - when I finally watched ER many years after it aired, I was able to skip over the ridiculous political gibberish and junk science parts to watch the decent storylines. Made me glad I never attempted to suffer through that crap on a weekly basis.


Which series do you think work better "live" or watching each newly aired episode? Why?
Which do you think work better in a DVD set, or other binge compatible viewings? Why?
Are there some that work well for parties or other group viewings?
How much does the depth of "arc" stories affect your answers?

I think Backstrom works well weekly.
I suspect Gotham would work better as binge - too many things change to keep track of from week to week, maybe missing one.
I can't tell whether Arrow would be better as binge, or not.
I wonder if SHIELD would be better as binge.



Do you find others which are preferable as binge?


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 10:39 AM

JAYNEZTOWN


Daredevil, its kinda dark, religious, political, weird like the Wire show or the Nolan Batman movies...
maybe its darker than Batman?

its also kinda funny is a dark sick way







But its still part of the Marvel universe
Probably going to open up a whole new world of Black Panther, IronFist...or whatever other comics or movies they got giong




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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 3:07 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Quote:

Originally posted by JAYNEZTOWN:
Daredevil, its kinda dark, religious, political, weird like the Wire show or the Nolan Batman movies...

But its still part of the Marvel universe
Probably going to open up a whole new world of Black Panther, IronFist...or whatever other comics or movies they got going


Jessica Jones had a tie-in to Daredevil, and also featured Luke Cage, who gets his own series sometime next year. DD and JJ will both get second seasons at least, and there will also be Iron Fist, all leading up to a Defenders crossover series. There may be one other character I'm forgetting now, but I believe Black Panther will be in either Civil War or Infinity Wars, but not on Netflix.

Even though it's all Marvel, and some of these characters had interacted with the Avengers in the comics, they are not allowed to mention the major characters, only casually reference them, talking about the "alien attack on New York" and "the big green guy." It's similar to how only the X-Men can use the term "mutant."



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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 3:34 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


The most recent show that I've found works best as a binge marathon is The Expanse. They promoted it as a 10 episode movie, and so far each ep has picked up exactly where the previous left off. I've watched the first four several times already, although the fourth will get its first broadcast tonight at 10pm EST on Syfy.

The first four were put online and On Demand immediately after the second ep ran, but I'm not sure if the rest will be available that way, so I will be watching live each Tuesday night from now until Feb 9. I haven't bought discs in quite some time, but I might make an exception for this, or else buy it through amazon or iTunes.



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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:11 PM

RIVERLOVE


Been going through lots of Xfinity On Demand series via the binge approach. Some that I've watched recently include:


The Pacific - gripping & intense. Rami Malek as "Snafu" is a stand out.

Extras - very funny and really good. I want a divorce so I can marry Ashley Jensen.

Weeds - Kevin Nealon is a demented joy to behold.

Fat Actress - totally hysterical show, so why only 7 episodes?

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 9:39 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


From thread:
http://www.fireflyfans.net/mreply.aspx?q=y&mid=1009978

Quote:

Originally posted by G:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
I'd like to compile a list, both for reference regarding what Browncoats like and recommend, and for a list of films to look for, considering the dwindling outlook for films this year.



I have loved movies/films as long as I can remember - even went to school in Cali (briefly) to be in the film business. BUT... after looking at your list it occurred to me that recently I am more impressed by long story form TV shows. Breaking Bad, The Wire, Game of Thrones, etc... about as powerful as the medium can make.


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