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YOU DID WHAT?

I’ve binged before. Not in the sense of overindulging in booze. It’s with how you can stream a television series and watch the episodes one after another in a single sitting?


Our son Nathaniel, all his friends and God only knows how many TV watchers everywhere, do the same thing.


I like seeing a continuing drama shown an episode a week. When you can’t wait – but you have to – for the following Friday night to see what happens next.


“Dad, get with it,” he tells me. “Starting streaming. It’s wild.”

Instant gratification. That’s the operative word today. No wondering what will happen in the next episode. You watch it right then. Commercial free!


A confession: Roe and I stumbled upon a television series called ‘Longmire’. A modern ‘western’ set in Wyoming. Walt Longmire is a local Sheriff who deals with his own personal shortcomings, along with murder and mayhem.

We relate to these characters; the plots riveting. It’s a repeat from 2012-2014. Who cares? Check an episode and be pumped for the next one. Whenever it comes. So what? It’s good entertainment.


Nathaniel will also be astounded when he learns his mom and dad actually checked out a series on Netflix. An English drama, The Stranger. It opens with a beaten-up kid running naked through the woods. It’s about a happily married lawyer with two sons ‘whose life is turned upside down when a stranger tells him a secret about his wife'.


The first episode was confusing yet curious enough that we stuck around to catch Episode Two. It forced us to watch Episode Three. Followed by Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight, the last in the series. All in one night! Will there be a season two? We have our fingers crossed.


Author’s comment: There is a certain satisfaction in viewing an end of one episode at a time. View them all at one sitting and you have nothing to look forward to. Instant gratification is no substitute for looking ahead at some that you’ll enjoy even more.

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