Leaving Netflix Syndrome: A 30 Rock Story

I’m in the middle of a monthly tradition right now. You might be familiar with it: I find out what’s leaving Netflix next month, vow to watch as much of it as possible before that happens, and watch roughly zero percent of it before it disappears from my list without a trace.

It’s not that I don’t want to watch the movies and shows that are leaving Netflix. It’s not that I don’t care about them. I do. But the Netflix list isn’t a reality. It’s a dream, truer and more optimistic than any other. It’s a snapshot of everything I ever hope to achieve but, sadly, never will.

Or maybe it’s just way too many movies and TV shows for anyone to reasonably watch, with more added by the second. Either way, things are different this time.

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First days of fall Weekend Recap

There are a few good things about being back on the east coast right now instead of being in beautiful southern California. One of those things is fall weather. I love the cool air, gentle breezes, everything pumpkin spice and any excuse to wear a hoodie all day. Of course none of that’s been happening and the weather’s been pushing 90º for the last few days with more warm weather on the way.

But hey, that gave me more of an excuse to stay inside to watch and play a lot this weekend.

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Record-breaking Weekend Recap

It set a few box office records over the weekend. Pulling in $117 million over its opening weekend, It holds records for largest September opening, largest fall opening, and largest horror film opening (R-rated and in general). Check out Box Office Mojo for a little more information.

It unfortunately didn’t fit into my weekend plans thanks to my wife and I both being a little sick and our dog needing more than a little attention. Here’s what I did manage to watch and play over the weekend.

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Labor Day Weekend Recap

I finished a video game and watched a movie this weekend, which means it was a resounding success. That might sound pathetic, but the bar’s pretty low when there’s a hyperactive puppy who likes to chew anything and everything constantly trying to be within inches of you.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Here’s what I played and watched this weekend:

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End of summer Weekend Recap

I know summer isn’t officially over for almost another month, but I think it’s safe to say the season’s pretty much dead. As for the weekend: I don’t care about boxing or MMA and I’m still several seasons behind on Game of Thrones, so the weekend in pop culture and entertainment wasn’t quite as exciting for me as it probably was for most people. I kept busy, though.

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How many streaming services do we really need?

I currently subscribe to three different streaming services, have another included with my Amazon Prime membership, and have access to another through the cable subscription Comcast all but forced on me when I moved (which I’ll almost definitely be subscribing to once that’s finished).

That barely scratches the surface of the streaming possibilities out there.

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SummerSlam Weekend Recap

Two U-Haul boxes filled with all the physical junk I’m sure I don’t need in my life finally arrived on Friday, so this weekend was mostly made up of unpacking boxes, figuring out where all the frivolous crap I own could go, and hoping I can get rid of pretty much all of it before my next move. Still, there was some time for entertainment this weekend—primarily the weekend’s nine hours of WWE content.

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Marvel’s The Defenders (and other Netflix shows I need to watch)

Marvel’s The Defenders is now streaming on Netflix, meaning I’m once again reminded of all the other shows I’ve wanted to watch (and still want to watch in a lot of cases) and haven’t gotten around to for unknown reasons. I’m also reminded of the sequence of events that makes up my Netflix experience more often than not:

  1. Mindlessly scroll through categories
  2. Add too many shows and movies to my list
  3. Watch The Office (or Parks and Recreation or Friends)
  4. Forget about those new additions to my list
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 ad nauseum
  6. Delete tons of shows and movies from my list when it gets too overwhelming
  7. Start the whole process again

Pretty normal, right?

 

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