So I’m stuck at home with a terrible wasting flu—one I thought I’d vanquished but I was apparently mistaken. It has arisen, well, vampire-like, to take me down. This seems like the perfect opportunity to begin a project I’ve been considering for a while, but have been a little afraid to do, what with real-life commitments like making money, exercising, etc. But I’m here on the couch just as winter break is about to begin, and if that’s not a Sign from God, I don’t know what is.
So here’s the plan: I will watch the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the pace of no fewer than 4 episodes a day, hopefully finishing all 7 seasons in a month’s time. I’ll be offering updates here at the end of each season.
More details on the grand design after the break!
If critics are invested in this issue of how the method of watching a show affects our ability to make meaning from it, it seems worthwhile to consider how binging might change the experience of a serial, especially as this method becomes more popular, or even dominant.
So these are the questions I’ll consider:
- How does watching a season all at once influence my definition of continuity? Do the episodes make sense on their own, or do they need to be read in the context of the rest of the season/series in order to make sense?
- How much do I want to move on to the next episode? Even if the eps don’t end in cliffhangers, am I driven to find out what happens next? Why?
- What elements of the storyline rise to the surface as the most appealing, and why?
- How does thinking this way about a text I'm already intimately familiar with change how I'm reading it? What motivates us to rewatch a serial? I'm hoping binging will make those motivations easier to see and describe.
So, fellow Whedonites (I think there might be a few of you out there): any other suggestions for ways of thinking about the Binge?