Cappy wrote:I personally have no qualms with TP having a new season on Netflix -- I'd just hate for the entire season to get released at once. That model seems to work well with certain shows (OITNB, Stranger Things), but I really enjoyed having a week to sit with each individual episode of S3.
I agree with this. It's a very different experience gestating the show week to week. There's definitely certain types of shows where it would be too much to watch it all at once... Mr. Robot is the another one that comes to mind. I watched that week to week. A friend tried to binge old episodes on Amazon Prime, and she loved it at first, but suddenly felt overwhelmed and stopped watching. I could see myself having a similar experience.
Not to mention the way the fan communities engage with show online is totally different. The blog/forum and podcasting scene tends to be more vibrant on shows released weekly. I like a lot of what Netflix does but they are irritatingly dogmatic about a few things, like releasing all the episodes at once and their policy about no theatrical release windows. I know personally, I don't end up engaging online with Netflix shows I like such as Mindhunter, Russian Doll, etc. I'm not a huge Stranger Things fan, but the way the fans engage with that has to be different than something like Game of Thrones.
Amazon has the same release strategy for television shows. At least they have a different strategy for theatrical films. The Expanse was an interesting test case as it started as a weekly show than continued on Amazon for with an entire season release. A lot of the fans committed to watching the show weekly, and even made schedules so they could maintain that week to week fan interaction. Personally I'm eventually going to binge. I watched the entire fourth season over 4 days. There's no way I can commit to watching over 10 weeks without a scheduled release.
I think the release schedule was pretty key to The Mandalorian becoming the phenomenon that it was. I wonder if Netflix and Amazon will realize they are robbing these shows of a lot of potential for becoming a cultural phenomenon. I know Amazon wants to get Game of Thrones like hype for some upcoming projects like Lord of the Rings, but I bet they won't succeed without experimenting with the release schedule.