The streaming avalanche that was Netflix truly took the world by storm several years after it was first created in 1997. It seemed that in the 2010s everyone was hooked on the idea that, for a few dollars every month, one could access a full range of entertainment. From coming-of-age series and horror movies to World War Two documentaries, Netflix was a one-stop procrastination shop.
However, I, being the uber unique young teen that I was, had never subscribed my life away to any form of streaming service. Until now.
I’ve now signed up for the one-month free trial—and signed away my life, at least for 30 days.
For the most part, I was relieved. Relieved that I could finally watch Riverdale episodes instead of their trailers. Relieved that I could actually watch A Series of Unfortunate Events on my own phone instead of strangers’ phones on the train. I waited until after a plethora of exams to even consider signing up, so it was a relief to finally give in and understand all the hype.
Sure, there was a slight apprehension at the notion that I would have to manually turn off my subscription after my one-month free trial ended… but it was a price I was willing to pay.
Thus far, I’ve been measured in my viewing of 13 Reasons Why. I watched independent film Miss Stevens starring Timothee Chalamet and Lili Reinhart. And I have yet to fall down the rabbit hole that is the generous selection of documentaries. (David Attenborough has also embraced the tech revolution evidently.)
I’m still navigating the whole app and website, but I look set for pure entertainment in the month to come. Below are some of the programs I’m most looking forward to.
Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Okay, call me whatever name, but this show is so good. Yes, Miraculous Tales is a kids’ show and yes, I am apparently supposed to be past that stage in my teenagehood in which I enjoy disguised insect and feline superheros defending Paris from an evil butterfly-wielding business tycoon… Yet I find myself in this position. There is no way to explain my obsession—just watch it.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
I loved the 2004 film with Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep—and I’m convinced that nothing will surpass it—but I’m intrigued by this new Neil Patrick Harris reboot in a series format. I’ve watched a few episodes of the awfully humorous and fictionally glum lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire with other people on their accounts, but now I can finally watch the series at my own pace and in my lonesome (the perfect entertainment situation, if you ask me).
Total Drama Island
Another kid’s show. (Can you even classify such dark humour as a kids’ show?) I, among many other millenials and Gen Zs, will know the hilarity of this series, which has sprouted spin-offs and strangely realistic reality show antics that mirror Survivor and Big Brother. The sentience of the fictional animated characters is almost unnerving and absolutely appropriate to watch in my down time.
Here’s hoping that by the time my free trial expires, I’d have finished all that I have added to my long list of To-Watch shows and movies… And here’s hoping I won’t be checking in on Netflix instead of checking in on my school grades.
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