The Side Effects of Binge Watching

When you binge watch, you only hurt yourself.

I am not an avid “scripted” TV watcher. I can count on my hand the number of scripted shows I actually watch weekly and will shamefully admit that I am a reality TV junkie.

Imagine my surprise when I found a scripted show, on BBC America of all channels (because BBC is only for suburbanites), that actually held in my interest!

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One day while randomly scrolling through OnDemand I came across “Orphan Black”. I’m so glad I didn’t realize what network it came on because if I knew it was on BBC America I would’ve immediately dismissed this show as a yuppie classic with extremely exaggerated accents that would annoy me.

Needless to say, because I didn’t realize that “Orphan Black” was a BBC America show, I gave it a chance.

I was pleasantly surprised by how crazy the show opened. It had a murder scene and a mugging, at the same damn time, all done by women! I was immediately hooked.

There is nothing greater to me than seeing a woman be bad ass, stealing shit and killing.

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I know it’s weird but let me be great.

 Anyway…

I finished two seasons in one weekend. I fell in love with the show.

After I finished the 2 seasons I was so excited to continue watching it live but I was let down because I couldn’t find the actual show times!

I researched and found out that I had to wait until April 18, 2015 for Season 3.

Are you fucking kidding me? I put all this time and energy into this show and have to wait almost a whole year (from the time I was watching) to see more episodes?

I am invested. I am pissed. I finally had the chance to watch an interesting scripted show and now I have to wait a damn year for it to come back on air.

 

In the days of binge watching and having whole seasons at your disposal for view, I think everyone can identify with the emotions you experience when a season ends that you spent days watching and you have to wait until the actual season opener, only because you’re greedy ass just had to have a marathon.

So below, I present the 3 stages of grief which result from binge watching, as illustrated by me and my “Orphan Black” experience.

1. Denial

I kept researching thinking that there is no way that I would have to wait that until April 2015 for this show to come back. I kept looking at OnDemand to see if there were any episodes I’ve missed…but… I was wrong. The season was over and I just had to wait.

2. Anger

I need to know what happens next! NOW!

I will not offer any info as I hate spoilers, but the season finale left a hell of a cliff hanger.

Now I have to wait until April 18th to see what happens next, and I have to watch it weekly at that? I am now spoiled by having episode after episode at my disposal, WTF is waiting?

Fuck BBC and shame on them for giving their actors time off.

 3. Acceptance

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Just like all popular shows who are promised another season, it will come back. I just have to wait. I have to occupy my weekends with other shows, find a hobby, maybe drink more. Orphan Black will be return and I shall watch you again.

Let me know what shows you’ve binged watched only to experience the grief associated with when the season ends.

Also, did you learn a lesson? Will you now pace yourself to spare the disappointment in the future? Or are you really just a binge watching addict, who thinks weekly episodes are for commoners?

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