Netflix is on its way to becoming the vehicle that fulfills a prophecy I made many years ago. “Someday,” I said, “we will be able to download movies and watch what we want when we want to.” I’m sure I’m no sage. I said it when technology was ready. Many others probably saw it coming as well. Still others probably acted on it.
A side effect of buying a Wii console for my household is that I succumbed to the temptation to get Netflix. I can watch all the movies I want for one very low monthly price. Admittedly, not all movies are available for instant download but many are. And, watch them I have been. (Use your Yoda voice to say that last sentence.)
So, after countless episodes of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe and many more to come, after catching up on all the stupid movies I intended to watch but never did, after watching a few movies I wish I had not, I wonder if it is really worth it. There’s a whole lot of crap out there. Most of it isn’t worth reviewing. I’ve watched Hudson Hawk and Clue, for example. Hours of my life I will never get back. So what’s the point? After all this waiting to get to this really cool science fiction age, was it worth it? Most times, yes. For Netflix? Probably not.
The sad thing is, though… I won’t stop my subscription. What else is a Stone Giant to do but sit and watch… and watch… and watch as the acid rain slowly and painfully erodes him away.