Bingeing a new Joss Whedon show may be some people's idea of bliss, but Whedon himself isn't too keen on the idea. The writer confessed that while he's not ruling out a Netflix-style release for his next show, he does have mixed feelings about the idea.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon revealed his preference for "more old school" week-by-week episode releases, just like the good old days. But what does this mean for the possibility of a Netflix deal?
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What's The Big Deal?
In typical Whedon style, he was fairly straight-up about his thoughts on releasing an entire season at once, saying he "would not want to do it." However, he had a few good reasons— and they're hard to argue with.
As well as suggesting that a weekly release schedule is a much better process for show writers, Whedon made a good case for the notion of fans being part of "the experience of watching something at the same time." Spacing episodes apart gives the viewer room to breathe and process each episode, allowing them to fully experience the story:
"The more we make things granular and less complete, the more it becomes lifestyle instead of experience. It becomes ambient. It loses its power, and we lose something with it. We lose our understanding of narrative. Which is what we come to television for."
He definitely makes some good points. But don't worry— he's not judging anyone. Despite his strong opinion on the issue, even he's susceptible to the occasional binge session:
"Binge-watching, God knows I've done it, it's exhausting — but it can be delightful. It's not the devil. But I worry about it. It's part of a greater whole."
A Netflix Deal Isn't Out Of The Question
Of course, Whedon isn't going to let his personal opinion on binge culture affect what he brings to the people. Given the chance, he says he's be totally willing to take Netflix up on an offer:
"Obviously Netflix is turning out a ton of extraordinary stuff. And if they came to me and said, 'Here's all the money! Do the thing you love!' I'd say, 'You could release it however you want. Bye.' But my preference is more old-school... Having said that, if that's how people want it, I'd still work just as hard. I'll adapt."
So What About That Firefly Reboot?
Wether week-by-week or all at once, it's safe to say Whedon's fans are far more concerned about the return of one show in particular than how it's delivered. In February, Fox stated they'd be more than willing to reboot Firefly if Whedon was willing. So is he?
Well, it's a big ask— and as we've seen time and time again with the reboot or return of a beloved older show, expectations are going to be high:
"You bring something back, and even if it's exactly as good as it was, the experience can't be. You've already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time. You have to meet expectations and adjust it for the climate, which is not easily."
As for the prospect of bringing back his own projects, Whedon has some understandable concerns:
"You don't want that feeling that you should have left before the encore. I don't rule it out, but I fear that."
It's not a yes— but it's definitely not a no.
Would you rather binge watch Joss Whedon's next show, or watch it week by week?
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)