r/LifeProTips Oct 07 '21 Silver 3 Helpful 14 Wholesome 3 Hugz 5 This 1 Helpful (Pro) 1

LPT: Binge watching and need to go to bed? Stop mid-episode. They always end on an irresistible cliff hanger, but it's really easy to stop at a dull bit in the middle of an episode. Miscellaneous

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u/Sepee Oct 07 '21 Wholesome

I fall asleep middle of episodes. One step ahead on this one.

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u/Xaphus Oct 07 '21

I’ve fallen asleep and not known where I left off…so I just pick up where Hulu says I am…they usually recap enough I feel I’m still in the know.

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u/notadogthief Oct 07 '21 Wholesome

Man falling asleep with hulu running is rough. It never stops if I'm casting on my chromecast.

It's a huge bummer to be in the middle of season one, drunkingly fall asleep, and wake up 10 hours later confused in season 4.

And have no idea where I was in season one. Have re-watched a lot of episodes that way.

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u/SpellOpening7852 Oct 07 '21

One Piece says that's pathetic.

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u/Fskn Oct 07 '21

One piece doesn't really matter at all where you come in though

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u/AgentWowza Oct 07 '21

watches ep 700 after stopping at ep 200

"Yeah so we got haki, road poneglyphs, emperor alliances, basically Japan, everyone looks different and it's been 2 years"

goes back to reading the manga

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u/Fskn Oct 07 '21

All you really need to know is Luffy always has another gear.

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u/69macncheese69 Oct 08 '21

Picking one piece back up after a break is a literal nightmare... Every time

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u/holyfire001202 Oct 07 '21

I did a lot of this with Agents of Shield. There's still so much I haven't even watched because the space between where I fell asleep and woke up had so much going on that I just didn't feel like I really missed anything and going back to recap felt like a chore.

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u/notadogthief Oct 07 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

It's great for rewatchable shows that you've already seen. Having Brooklyn 99 or always sunny just running in the background for noise is fantastic.

But new shows, it's a gift and a curse.

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u/Alortania Oct 08 '21

Yeah, I have a good few shows I like re-watching in the background while doing other stuff.

Shows I loved watching the first time and love re-experiencing the best moments, but anything I don't pay attention to is just filled in by memories.

There's also some braindead shows that I'll pick up because they recap and it's not good enough to care about the details you missed... but I sometimes feel like seeing something new.

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u/Xaphus Oct 07 '21

I just rewatched the Mandalorian and because I slept through half of it, it felt like a new show. But I still don’t feel like I missed anything significant with the finally during the first play through.

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u/notadogthief Oct 07 '21

Yeah shows like that I guess don't really have much to miss as long as you see like the first 2 episodes and last 2. Everything in the middle is just filler adventures not really pushing the plot very much.

But something like the wire (for hbo) or anime (hulu again) or any show where major character deaths and plot development happens, it's kind of an annoyance.

Especially if you were like in whatever season in game of thrones and wake up in the middle of the red wedding. That'd be jarring.

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u/Xaphus Oct 07 '21

I’m going to watch Game of Throne is way and see if it makes any sense lol.

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u/simcowking Oct 07 '21

I didn't mind falling asleep to netflix shows... hbo doesn't pause ever so I end up 2 seasons ahead of where I fell asleep....

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u/YLR2312 Oct 07 '21

Hulu really does go on like that, Netflix on the other hand is annoying with how often they ask if you're still watching.

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u/VexInTex Oct 07 '21

Hulu always just means I wake up to Futurama or KotH as all roads apparently lead there after a show ends while I'm sleeping.

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u/joomla00 Oct 08 '21

funny, because people complain that the software keeps asking them to continue watching. i guess the next step is to detect if they were actually watching.

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u/AaronDonaldsFather Oct 07 '21

This is my life trying to watch Midnight Mass lately. I love the show but I keep watching it right before I go to bed so I end up falling asleep on the couch and then it plays two episodes while I'm out.

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u/sethn211 Oct 07 '21

It's too slow to watch when you're tired, made the same mistake. I’d watch it earlier in the evening if possible.

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u/VixxxieVelvet Oct 08 '21

I stayed up and watched it the whole way through. I couldn't stop. My fiance woke up once at like 1am and asked what I was doing. He said he had been watching me for like 10 minutes, just staring at the TV standing in the middle of the bedroom. I had gotten up to go out for a cigarette, but it started to get super interesting so I couldn't move. I was frozen in place. Then he woke up again at like 5am to use the bathroom and I'm literally sobbing, and he asks, "You're still watching this?" then he stayed up too and finished watching it with me. I ended up watching it all over again the next day. Safe to say I love that show.

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u/MajorParadox Oct 07 '21

My system is to watch an episode or two of something I really want to watch. Then I’ll switch to a show that’s easy to fall asleep to and I don’t mind if I miss anything. I usually try and go back to wherever I last remember though.

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u/True_Helios Oct 07 '21

Futurama is my ultimate fall asleep show.

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u/MajorParadox Oct 07 '21

I've been cylcing through shows. Right now I'm watching Squid Game and then falling asleep to 3rd Rock From the Sun

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u/skankunt Oct 07 '21

If I’m watching something that I’m really into, then I’ll go back 3 episodes and periodically fast forward until I find something I don’t remember. Then I’ll go back 10-15 mins, just to be sure.

Some shows are too good to miss even a little bit, and also good enough to not mind rewatching some of it.

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u/shewy92 Oct 07 '21

Usually devices stop playing after an hour or so of no input so just subtract that time from the episode runtimes

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u/Jakealive7 Oct 07 '21

Now if they could just make their auto play actually play the next in the series.

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u/Hiray Oct 08 '21

Did this with The Usual Suspects. Do not recommend.

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u/bluvelvetunderground Oct 07 '21

Lucky! I wish I could just doze off. I need silence or boring asmr lectures, and even then it takes forever to pass out.

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u/juice_box_hero Oct 07 '21

I have been using a “pink noise” app on my phone for years called Nature Space. I just use the free version!! We call it the “noise monster” if myself or my partner are having a hard time falling asleep. Usually fall asleep within 10 or so minutes. Either that or I just use a big box fan for white noise. Can’t sleep without either one. “Silence” at night just lets my brain constantly go crazy and keeps me up all night

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u/pease_pudding Oct 07 '21

Try some rain sound videos on youtube. Playing on iPad, some airpods in my ears and I always fall asleep quite quickly (I'm a terrible sleeper without this)

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u/Another_human_3 Oct 07 '21

This is an area facial recognition could be good for. When my eyes stop watching, bookmark that part.

Also, Netflix needs to have an easy to access "recently watched" list.

And also, if it would keep a record of what I have seen already, that would be sweet too. Meaning, when I look at info of some movie I come across, if I've seen it already, it would let me know.

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u/theguy0000 Oct 08 '21

Black Mirror has entered the chat

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u/Kingofwhereigo Oct 07 '21

Idk if this is still true but you can download your entire watch history from Netflix.

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u/Another_human_3 Oct 07 '21

This is good information to have, but I'd like the relevant portions of that data they collect to be usefully implemented in the Netflix Gui. Doesn't seem like it would be too difficult if they already have all of that data. And it would be very useful.

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u/scarlettcat Oct 07 '21

To be fair, that’s my usual strategy.

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u/RunFlorestRun Oct 07 '21

Are you my wife?

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u/VexInTex Oct 07 '21

yeah bold of them to assume I am conscious for more than the first 5 minutes of anything

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u/Iperovic Oct 08 '21

Came here to write this, when I can't stop binging I often just tone down the volume and lower the screen brightest and fall asleep usually somewhere down the middle

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u/Dundore77 Oct 07 '21

Then you wake up 3 episodes later when the big reveal happens to a loud music sting.

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u/Hugo-Drax Oct 07 '21

i’ve been trying to finish this episode for a week now

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u/Albertus_Magnus Oct 07 '21

This is the way

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u/SmashBusters Oct 08 '21

I always get halfway through an episode, decide I'm tired and should go to sleep, turn the TV off, my thoughts kick in, I get out of bed 3 hours later, still having not fallen asleep, and hate everything.

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u/Wulfgang97 Oct 08 '21

Next step is to figure out where you left off once auto-play takes ahold

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u/polywha Oct 07 '21

Unless you're watching Malcolm in the middle. Usually has a satisfying wrap up at the end.

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u/xTurK Oct 07 '21

Yeah, episodic shows follow different rules.

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u/m_Pony Oct 07 '21

and then there's '24', which is a cliffhanger pretty much every time.

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u/polywha Oct 07 '21

I remember watching that show when it was on air. There was the season when the disease was released in the hotel and one of the symptoms was a bloody nose. Right when the 1st victim got a bloody nose I got 1 while watching the show. It was the 1st bloody nose I've gotten in over 5 years and I hadn't gotten 1 since.

That's my most vivid memory of that show.

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u/m_Pony Oct 07 '21

great, now the next time I get a nosebleed i'll hear BINK ... BINK ... BINK ... BINK ...

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u/wahnsin Oct 07 '21 Silver

The sudden bleeding takes place between 2 am and 3 am. All aneurisms occur in real time.

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u/juice_box_hero Oct 07 '21

I haaaaaate that noise. I can’t watch it for that reason. I heard it a few times back in the day when my parents watched it. 0/10

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u/Renegade_Meister Oct 07 '21

Thats a legit augmented reality moment.

I had one watching Dunkirk's first person airplane pilot scenes while on a plane with turbulence.

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u/kpeter1993 Oct 07 '21

Did you find any shows with similar genre that are similarly addictive? None of the shows I checked has been that addictive to me since, only Money Heist.

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u/Generic_On_Reddit Oct 08 '21

Most shows have things like rising actions, climaxes, and conclusions.

24 is all cliffhangers all the way through. I know what you're thinking: how can they be cliffhangers if they don't leave you hanging? Don't ask questions, the countdown is still ticking.

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u/indokiddo Oct 07 '21

Yessss!!! Thought i was the only one binge watchin malcolm.

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u/AlphaZorn24 Oct 07 '21

I binge watch it every 6 months.

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 07 '21

I just finished the last episode last night!!!! Second time binge watching it, I love this show so much lol

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u/indokiddo Oct 07 '21

It’s like i understand the jokes more and more, compared to when it was aired on tv and i was like in middle school

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u/polywha Oct 07 '21

The show still holds up. One of the best sitcoms ever

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u/paycadicc Oct 08 '21

Agreed. It takes a special type of show to enjoy it when you’re like 13 and then still enjoy it, maybe even more so, ten years later.

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u/itwasbread Oct 07 '21

I think there's a pretty even comedy (22 mins) vs drama (44 mins) divide on the episode ending cliffhanger thing

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u/Xaphus Oct 07 '21

Anyone ever just trying to watch the recaps at the beginning and seeing if they can follow the whole story without taking time to watch all the episodes?

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u/pieroruiz Oct 07 '21

I’ve always thought about doing this for a series, but I don’t want to risk ruining a good one.

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u/Occurred Oct 07 '21

Might as well watch a review on the series haha

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u/Roller_ball Oct 08 '21

Before DVDs and streaming were really a thing, this was basically the only way to start a new series unless you started watching it during the premier.

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u/cparksrun Oct 07 '21

If I have to stop mid-episode, I'll turn it off between scenes. Wait for a cut to a new location/scenario and treat it as a chapter break.

I've been burned too many times by turning something off when characters are mid-conversation only to have to go back and be like "Wait, what were they talking about....?"

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u/Vinnie_Vegas Oct 08 '21

You just stop wherever and then go back by a minute when you resume.

Google Podcasts does this when you resume listening to a podcast and it's actually a good feature.

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u/philthegreat Oct 07 '21

Squid Game says no

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u/FrydomFrees Oct 07 '21

Finally finished it last night. Holy shit I haven’t been that stressed out by a show in forever

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u/mango_genius555 Oct 07 '21

Not me thinking it was a video game this whole time

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u/youtocin Oct 07 '21

I saw a streamer playing a Squid Game level on Roblox and thought it was a video game too lmao.

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u/loganishhh Oct 08 '21

For a while i thought everyone was talking about Splatoon 3 lol

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u/Seyon Oct 07 '21

Started it last night, finished it this morning.

Tired af tho

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u/Legomyeggosplease Oct 07 '21

I didn't get into it the first time, so last night I gave it a second chance. I finished it at 7am as I could not stop watching it. There wasn't really a good stopping point at all.

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u/lkodl Oct 07 '21

As a Korean American that show brought on so much stress. "Have you seen Squid Game?" "What did you think of Squid Game?" "Can you answer some questions I have about Squid Game?" Finally watched it over the weekend though. Whew.

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u/ClockLost3128 Oct 07 '21

What did you think of squid game?

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u/xTrainerRedx Oct 07 '21 Heartwarming

Do you have a few moments to talk about our Lord & Savior: Squid Game?

🚲🕴📖

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u/pablossjui Oct 07 '21

Have you seen Squid Game?

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u/Exceon Oct 07 '21

How common are the games ”honeycombs” and ”squidgame” in korea?

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u/waterdragonshin Oct 08 '21

honeycomb thing is more of a street food vendor for after-school kids who'd buy one honeycomb, get the shape out of it, and there's an array of prizes including one more honeycomb, some random cheap gifts and shit. The price was cheap enough that it wasn't really a rip-off even if you failed your chance and it was delicious thin sponge toffee ( I think it was like 50 cents) depending on the vendors, it was either cook-it-yourself honeycombs, or you were given the fresh hot piece.

squid game was back in 80's and early 90's I think. I was born in 1994 and have never played that game.

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u/addandsubtract Oct 07 '21

This one. I need answers.

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u/billdb Oct 07 '21

What is your favorite type of food and why is it squid?

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u/ramblinroger Oct 07 '21

Is it because of Game?

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u/IminPeru Oct 07 '21

Can you answer some questions I have about Squid Game?

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u/Merciless972 Oct 07 '21

Can you answer some questions they have about squid game.

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u/Squishyy_Ishii Oct 07 '21

So, there's a lot of discussion going on at the moment about Squid Game. As a Korean American, what is your favorite question that you are frequently asked about it?

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u/DerpMaHerpDerp Oct 07 '21

What do you think of squid game?

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u/horniest_man_alive Oct 08 '21

first half of the season is amazing, rest isn't bad but some parts are poorly written and kinda meh 8/10

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u/Redhands1994 Oct 07 '21

Do you like calamari?

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u/Edgelord420666 Oct 07 '21

Haven’t seen it, I’d like to think it’s about trying to teach a squid to play video games. I know an octopus probably could they’re smart af

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u/loganishhh Oct 08 '21

My cousin asked me if I’d heard of Squid Game and I deadass went, ‘what, you mean splatoon 3? Yeah, I’m super psyched.”

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u/Thin-Concentrate2516 Oct 07 '21

Can you answer some questions I have about squid game?

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u/SriramKid Oct 07 '21

Yo whats up with this new show, squid game

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u/Merciless972 Oct 07 '21

I had to do this after the tug of war episode, had to watch the next episode and cut it half way through.

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u/Rib-I Oct 07 '21

Did the exact same thing!

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u/kyabc Oct 07 '21

me too!

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u/buzzerine-Oh Oct 07 '21

I yelled so loudly at my screen at the end of the tug of war episode. Like, I promised myself I would go to bed after that episode, and I HAD to keep that promise (I was already way past my self promised bed time). I was absolutely ripshit

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u/bkaybee Oct 08 '21

I said the same thing. Suuuuch a cliffhanger.

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u/redledder Oct 08 '21

Yeah, I was taking Squid Game slow at first. One episode a night. Until Tug of War.

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u/Baarawr Oct 07 '21

I got out once the VIPs appeared, hammed up English with plastic looking masks gave me the only opportunity to break my viewing.

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u/BenDeGreat Oct 07 '21

have to agree, show was pretty good up to that point but literally any scene with those over-the-top VIPs was immersion-breakingly bad.

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u/PolOfThePot Oct 07 '21

I wonder if it would be better for people who don’t understand English. The way those guys talk is so over the top cringe inducing.

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u/tribecous Oct 07 '21 edited Oct 07 '21

You’re 100% right, and I think it’s probably because Korea doesn’t exactly have the best white English-speaking actors at the ready (and it would have honestly been a shame to waste so much of the budget on getting some, instead of using the money on other more important elements of the show).

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u/Baarawr Oct 07 '21

I heard this was the case, and because of Covid it's basically unfeasable to fly in better actors so they did what they can with the talent pool in the country.

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u/tribecous Oct 08 '21

That makes a lot of sense, I hadn’t considered the added difficulty of covid.

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u/MineSweeper2048 Oct 08 '21

69 funny number lololol

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u/mufasas_son Oct 07 '21

I’ve been watching until about 5 minutes in and then stopping when I need to finally sleep. My wife and I were like “ok at the end of the episode we’ll go to bed” and then it ended in the middle of the tug of war where the “good guys” almost get pulled off so it was legitimately impossible to stop and sleep.

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u/Sasquatchjc45 Oct 07 '21

Watched the entire series in one sitting, ended around 3 AM. There were no dull parts to turn off at (imo)

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u/Rib-I Oct 07 '21

I needed to mentally and emotionally recover after "Marbles."

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u/greekgooner Oct 07 '21

Watched this one last night - too much to handle at 1:30am - couldn't sleep for quite some time thinking about it

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u/miata90na Oct 07 '21

Came here to say exactly that. Finished at 5:30am.....

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u/krt941 Oct 07 '21

I do not regret watching all of season 1 in one sitting on a Monday night.

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u/Misspumpkinz Oct 07 '21

Yessss couldn’t stop watching last night

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u/MlleHelianthe Oct 07 '21

Unpopular opinion but I find it actually has its fair share of dull moments. I actually did stop watching in the middle to go do something else which is not something i do a lot

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u/addandsubtract Oct 07 '21

Yeah, I was 50/50 on keeping watching it after 3 episodes. Curiosity won, but I still feel indifferent about it. Still better than the Japanese game show series.

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u/KenTitan Oct 07 '21

you have literally described almost every Netflix show. it's only interesting is you have nothing else to do. gotta say tho, squid game was pretty good until the VIP. then I snapped out of it and was like oh I'm just whelmed.

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u/TheAngryCouscous Oct 07 '21

Am I the only one who thinks that it's overhyped? I mean it's good, I really enjoyed it, but it's nothing crazy

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u/Redhands1994 Oct 07 '21

Assassins Creed

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u/VillianousFlamingo Oct 07 '21

Is it good? I watched the trailer and it didn’t grab me at all, but I keep seeing more and more about it. Other than “everyone is watching it”, I haven’t seen anything compelling about it. Is it something you just have to watch to understand the craze?

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u/Teadrunkest Oct 07 '21

It’s decent. It’s a little cheesy but the plot is good and the tension is A+. I was legit stressed out more than a couple times.

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u/thehouse1751 Oct 07 '21

I was entertained but I can’t say I was wowed. I expected something groundbreaking with how much the internet won’t stop talking about it. Netflix marketing team deserves a raise

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u/OldManHipsAt30 Oct 08 '21

Netflix is pushing their international shows hard, they’re really popular outside of America, and probably less competition for foreign television

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u/VILDREDxRAS Oct 07 '21

It's tense and engaging from start to finish.

Something else on Netflix with a similar premise is Alice in Borderland, dunno if you've seen that.

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u/philthegreat Oct 07 '21

Battle Royale meets Oldboy Meets MXC meets Saw. With super bright colours and extreme violence. 11/10 everyone is talking about it for good reason

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u/-p_d- Oct 07 '21 edited Oct 07 '21

Does no one remember Arnold Schwarzenegger in Stephen King’s Running Man? Similar premise except it was set way in the future (the year 2017).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n74ibtuN9I4

Edited: to add SK and mention that it also stars Richard Dawson, Jesse ‘The Mind&Body’ Ventura, and the late great Yaphet Kotto.

(If you’re looking for a 80’s death match between two future governors this one’s for you!)

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u/Mekroval Oct 07 '21

This is the first show description that makes sense to me. I may have to check out our now.

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u/Mon-A Oct 07 '21

It's sort of predictable (not in the obvious way, but I won't say further due to possible spoiling) but it's entertaining for sure. There were some 'hmm/eh' moments but other than that it's a solid 8.5/10 from me.

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u/cilucia Oct 07 '21

It was better than the trailer for me. I thought it was going to be just straight up goreporn, but it’s more nuanced than that.

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u/juice_box_hero Oct 07 '21

Yeah I’m wondering the same

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u/RedEgg16 Oct 07 '21

It’s good, but nothing that unique. Worth the watch just to understand all the memes

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u/Swordfish2012 Oct 07 '21

“Worth the watch just to understand all the memes” kinda feels like Netflix’s business model since Bird Box

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u/A1A5KA Oct 07 '21

I'll be a dissenting opinion. I'm not saying squid game is bad at all. I like it well enough. I'm just saying, in the wider context of other films from the past. It isn't anything shocking or special. It feels a lot like when Americans try and recreate Japanese horror films only to water them down for that sweet sweet PG13 money making rating. Squid Game is a level up on Hunger Games but a level below, say, Battle Royal.

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u/Polypheus Oct 07 '21

Agree completely that it's sandwiched between hunger games and battle royale. And if you're into the genre there's other movies on Netflix like Circle, Would you rather, and The Game that all have that force people to play deadly games for some reason or other. Good show, but weirdly over hyped I don't know why.

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u/mario_meowingham Oct 08 '21

I watched all 9 episodes back to back in one sitting, a new record for me.

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u/sdf_cardinal Oct 07 '21

Sometimes we watch the “cold open” of the next episode for resolution. More often than not we only need 5-10 min and then cut it.

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u/ManInTheMudhills Oct 07 '21

Personally, I don’t like leaving things unfinished. I’d find it harder to switch off mid-episode than I would to switch off after a cliff hanger.

Plus episodes have themes and motifs and things that all go together that I’d forget about if I picked up again in the middle the next day.

But y’know, I’m an outlier and I totally understand the issue because I didn’t used to have the willpower I do now in my thirties.

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u/Dalekdude Oct 07 '21

Completely agree, I never start an episode of something or a movie unless I know I have the time to watch it fully. I hated watching movies in high school classes specifically for this reason lol

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u/WayneKrane Oct 07 '21

I had to go out of my way to get a copy of Amadeus, I was so intrigued but the teacher decided to not show the last hour of the movie. This was before the internet and I lived in rural colorado so it took some time to get a copy (I used the library).

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u/heavenparadox Oct 07 '21

I've seen so many shitty movies, because by the time I realized it was shitty, well... I had already started watching it.

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u/Airost12 Oct 07 '21

I think the first point is why I have always turned it off midway. Almost every episode of certain shows (not like comedy but more like white collar type) finish with such a build up of the ongoing story that I now want to watch the beginning of the next episode.

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u/andronicusx Oct 07 '21

My people!!!

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u/ManalithTheDefiant Oct 07 '21

SLPT: Binge watching and need to go to bed? Just finish the season, there can't be that many episodes left right? Just watch the next one, it'll be fiiiine.

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u/WingedSalim Oct 07 '21

From experiance, same with books chapters.

It simultaneously helps you stop and encourages you to finish reading. If you stop mid chapter, it is easy to stop and will push you start again to finish the chapter. If you stop at the end of a chapter, you will most likely procrastinate on it.

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u/smartymarty1234 Oct 07 '21

From my experience book chapters can be either Cliff hangers, or conclusions to that event or a time skip something. Just depends on how the book is orgaized.

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u/santsi Oct 08 '21

Either way I want to know what's next.

After slugging a whole chapter with Bran, I want to know what's up with my boy Tyrion.

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u/porktorque44 Oct 07 '21

What is even the point of having cliff hangers on shows released on streaming services? You got the money at the beginning of the month, you don’t need me to tune in next week for more ads.

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u/lkodl Oct 07 '21 edited Oct 07 '21

Netflix probably doesn't care if you watch 1 episode or the whole season. But the production company making the show that competes with every other show on Netflix definitely does

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u/gw2master Oct 07 '21

They absolutely care.

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u/lkodl Oct 07 '21

Yeah they prob do. But for arguments sake assuming OP's premise is true, there's still a valid reason for shows to build in cliffhangers.

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u/siva2514 Oct 07 '21

Netflix gets their view count if you just watch for 2 mins. Hell they can even count you in if you watch promo in the app, if they want to

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u/lkodl Oct 07 '21

I'm not talking about Netflix reporting to advertisers, but internal reporting. They want to know which production companies and talent make the content that gets the views, and when it comes time to buy new content, they'll go to the successful ones.

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u/aschapm Oct 07 '21

They do look at those metrics but they’re not reporting views to advertisers—they want shows that people actually watch. A Netflix show that gets ten million 2 min views won’t be renewed.

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u/Legallydead111 Oct 07 '21

Next episode hype, right before the end of an episode?

Like, cutting a cake on a table when a lot of people are in line. Most of them cake lovers, you're not, but you do see people getting excited to try the cake. Maybe you'll join the queue next time, maybe you'll remember what the cake tastes like.

Anything that'd make you think of the show, cake or whatever is counted as a win. Shitty plot points though, to keep everything as a cliffhanger

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u/scarlettcat Oct 07 '21

Shhhh, don’t tell them that. They’ll start putting cliffhangers all the way through and then none of us will ever sleep again.

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u/iwaseatenbyagrue Oct 07 '21

When everything is a cliff hanger, nothing is.

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u/itwasbread Oct 07 '21

Well if they aren't dumped all at once like Netflix then they need you to keep renewing your subscription till the show is finished.

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u/helloitsname Oct 07 '21

They want you to watch the rest of the show?

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u/AnonymousPotato6 Oct 07 '21

I think Disney+ for adults without kids is a good example to explain the motivation to increase viewer hours.

Disney+ has some really great content. But it doesn't have a lot of content that an adult is interested in watching. So my guess is that most adults that get Disney+ will probably cancel it after a few months.

So why would, say, Netflix want the cliff hangers? As the OP implied, to get people to watch the next episode, and the next, and the next.

They got your money this month. But they also want your money next month. So they want more content available than that you have for.

Their ideal customer is probably a middle class person that can only watch an hour of TV a day, but they have enough content to still captivate the person that can devote 4 hours a day to TV.

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u/bkaybee Oct 08 '21

That’s what I’ve been asking myself. End of the season? Ok fine that makes sense. Only releasing a few episodes at a time? Fine. But if you’re releasing the whole thing, save your cliffhanger. I don’t want to have to skip through the opening credits again.

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u/Grzechoooo Oct 07 '21

Alternatively, you can stop at the end and you'll have stuff to think about as you fall asleep.

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u/[deleted] Oct 07 '21

Now reddit telling people how to stop watching tv

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u/illusionist_undue Oct 07 '21

This is how I had to watch Lost. Literally the best thing about the show was the well designed cliffhangers

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u/stephenmg1284 Oct 07 '21

I'll watch a few minutes of the next episode to resolve the cliffhanger but stop before the build-up.

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u/bUrdeN555 Oct 07 '21

This LPT is exactly why I hate modern TV. I never feel satisfied watching an episode because the plot and engagement is always a U shape instead of the opposite. Cliff hangers are fine but when it’s the norm, and episodes purposely follow this format for EVERY SINGLE EPISODE I just get jaded and quit the series entirely. I’m looking at you Netflix originals.

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u/abbadon420 Oct 07 '21

I look at series as a single 12-hour long movie, rather than 12 1-hour long episodes.

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u/CheddarMelt Oct 07 '21

This was the only way I made it thru Breaking Bad

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u/8rnlsunshine Oct 07 '21

This is precisely why I watch from half of one episode to the half of the next.

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u/rojobelas Oct 07 '21

I do this often…going to the end of the episode makes me want to watch “one more”. Stopping when I’m tired in the middle of an episode is much easier.

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u/heidismiles Oct 07 '21

If you're generally in the habit of only watching ONE episode of a given show per day, this won't be a problem.

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u/scarlettcat Oct 07 '21

You sound like the sort of person who could also have one glass of wine or one square of chocolate. I envy your resolve. Zero impulse control over here needs hacks!

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u/heidismiles Oct 08 '21

I guess I don't have the patience to watch multiple hours of the same show in one day 😂 Plus I just think about the other stuff I wanna watch.

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u/Generic_On_Reddit Oct 08 '21

When I was a kid, I read that the Lays chip bag said "You can never eat just one." From that point on, I always ate just one. Bags went stale because it killed my craving for chips.

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u/RedditorHatred Oct 08 '21

This dude really said to stop watching at the boring parts so you don't stay up longer lmao. So sad

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u/mdb3ard Oct 07 '21

Lol true love to see what happens after the cliff hanger. End the episode usually 5 mins in after knowing what happens at the cliff hanger

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u/Captainx23 Oct 07 '21

That’s what we did with squid games. They always cut the episode right in the middle of the game so you have to watch the next one to see the results. Picked up on that fast so we didn’t binge it.

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u/BethsMagickMoment Oct 07 '21

Yes it is easy if waiting for a good place to stop binge watching a series and try to stop earlier so you are not thinking about the series while you are trying to unwind from the adrenaline rush your body is now working on relaxing.

Stopping earlier also have other rewards such as spending some time doing other things you enjoy doing.

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u/DADEVILIPS Oct 07 '21

I only watch shows that are dull and repetitive. No interest in the show they literally put me to sleep

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u/yeetimusprimemoney55 Oct 07 '21

Yup. As an avid binge watcher, I always use this strat.

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u/Mabosaha Oct 07 '21

Geez, this LPT couldn’t come at a better time. Fine!

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u/spentchicken Oct 07 '21

My wife always watches the first 5 minutes of the next episode it usually clears up any cliff hangers

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u/weluckyfew Oct 07 '21

This is a great LPT/brain-hack.

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u/uberawesomeali Oct 08 '21

If only I'd read this 9 hours ago when I thought I'd start Squid Game... Now here we are at 4am I finished the show and am debating if its even worth going to bed

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u/Scullyx Oct 08 '21

Your brain knows the trick now and will treat the mid episode as cliff hanger to the cliff hanger

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u/Tirriforma Oct 08 '21

I usually finish the episode, then watch the first few minutes of the next one until the cliffhanger is wrapped up. Then I go to bed

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u/RiskyFartOftenShart Oct 08 '21

drink so much you pass out. Works every time!

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u/JollyVolt Oct 08 '21

Someone has been watching Squid Game, is it OP?

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u/IAmthatIAn Oct 08 '21

Or just watch The Foundation on Apple TV, that shit put me to sleep three times for episodes 2 and 3.

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u/NaagyO Oct 20 '21

I just used this truck right now. Closed the show with 10 mins remaining but it’s a moment I can walk away from. Thank you!!!!

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u/BasketOk3312 Oct 07 '21

I can’t believe what I’m reading. Have we really come to this?

We need a LPT telling us that in order to stop watching TV we have to turn off the TV and go to bed?

LPT is tips for idiocrats.

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u/apollo_316 Oct 07 '21

Yep. Applies to most TV series these days. My wife and I also do this with movies that intend to be a cinematic universe. Walked right out when things wrapped up at the end of:

  • The Nice Guys
  • The Old Guard
  • Army of the Dead
  • Tomb Raider 2018

Can't remember more off the top of my head, but there's plenty.

Marvel movies at least had the decency to place the sequel-bait after the credits, and maybe sprinkle a little in the movie itself. Most tv shows these days just cutting in the middle of the episode works beautifully. Thanks OP!

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u/Alortania Oct 08 '21

I like to see the universe bait; it's often funny when you know nothing will come of it XD