You might be aware (well, we are really, really, proud of it) that Go Binge is the answer to every binge-watcher’s prayers. By letting us stream Netflix without any using up any of our data allowance, it’s taken telly out of our living rooms and out into a whole new world of watching opportunities. And […]
You might be aware (well, we are really, really, proud of it) that Go Binge is the answer to every binge-watcher’s prayers. By letting us stream Netflix without any using up any of our data allowance, it’s taken telly out of our living rooms and out into a whole new world of watching opportunities.
And now, freshly released from domestic solitude, we got to thinking: where our binge brothers (and sisters) at? We used to have such fun talking about last night’s TV, so why can’t we all sync up and do it once more? We need to share our reactions, theories and general mega-enthusiasm.
Welcome to the Binge Club. Come on in; make yourself at home while you sneak peek of what we’ll be getting up to.
The first Binge Club will be going live on The Wall of Comedy’s Facebook page this Halloween (31 October) at 7pm, where we’ll be plunging into the Upside Down world of Stranger Things 2. Joining a panel of internet comedians to discuss every twist and turn of one of the most eagerly anticipated TV sequels of our age? You can’t not.
Now – before we kick off with our first mass binge-watch, let’s go over the Club Rules.
WE LEAN INTO OBSESSION
That’s right: the first rule of Binge Club is that we talk about it, incessantly. And it doesn’t just stop there; when watching ep after ep, a beloved show will seep into our very being. You know what? We say GO WITH IT.
When you’re immersed in the Bingeiverse, feeling strange urges creep up on you is entirely normal. If you find yourself craving frozen waffles or making a 3am ASOS trucker cap purchase, we understand it’s just Stranger Things crawling back into your subconsciousness. Just make sure to order your tiara well in advance for when The Crown returns to our screens this December.
WE DO IT RIGHT
Be warned, Binge Clubbers: only a fool would attempt a lengthy binge-watch without a scientific regimen of physical conditioning, strategic lumbar support and rockin’ snacks. Imagine taking on the 123 45-minute leap-out-of-your-seat episodes of Grimm without proper preparation – you’d throw your back out.
The importance of hydration is a particular issue here: not enough water and your eyes will start to stick to their sockets. Too much, and you’ll be wasting valuable bingeing minutes on unnecessary toilet trips. Take a tip from your spiritual cousins the marathon runners; drink little and often, and only ‘to thirst’.
WE SHARE THE OMG
Whether it’s the understated, spine-chilling revelations of Mindhunter or Titus Andromedon’s latest predicament in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, there are always moments we just can’t keep to ourselves. But what, you ask, about SPOILERS?
With the Binge Club, this anxiety is a thing of history. We’ll meet up at the allotted time, fully aware it’s our role – nay, our DUTY – to share the moments that made us gasp, safe in the knowledge that we’re all on the same page.
WE GET CREATIVE
Where would we be without the fan theory, eh? Whether we’re predicting, analysing or just chatting plain nonsense, it’s this elaboration and extrapolation that pulls us deeper in the binge-watch world.
Whether it’s scouring How I met Your Mother for its many predictive clues or getting worked up about what could be ahead for Stranger Things 2, let no one say that television isn’t for those of us with imaginations.
WE CELEBRATE THE LANDMARKS
Remember, Binge Club isn’t about the destination – it’s about the journey. How can you properly consume the thrilling, hilarious, moving television in front of you if you’re staring at the finish line? This especially applies to shows such as Mad Men, which spans an entire decade across its 7 seasons. Barrel through that without a moment or two to take stock and you’ll probably end up forgetting what year it is IRL.
That’s why we place a near-sacred significance on the half-way point. A chance to take a look at how we got here, and think about how the rest of the journey will play out. You’ve come so far, buddy. Give yourself a little high-five. A Half-Time High-Five, if you like.
WE HONOUR THE HISTORY
Binge Club isn’t just about the Now. When it comes to ‘heritage’ TV, we are more than aware of the rich bingeworthy pickings to be had. After all, some older shows are on Netflix in their entirety. Feel like wallowing in some teenage angst on a rainy afternoon? Depending on your age, you’ve got episode after episode of Gossip Girl, Party of Five or The Wonder Years to trigger some awks flashbacks.
Fancy uncovering a hilarious cult gem with some very young-looking stars of today? If you haven’t yet watched Freaks and Geeks, you have to give it a go. And there’s always time to revisit the classics, such as Breaking Bad – which some might call the Citizen Kane of binge-worthy TV.
Does this sound like you? Join us on The Wall of Comedy’s Facebook page this Halloween at 7pm, and we’ll never binge-watch alone again.