2016 Jan 8
We Sri Lankans always find something new to exaggerate upon. First it was #brapalanaya, and then it was #sinhale and now it’s the ever-so-famous #netflixandchill. Yesterday, Netflix announced its launch to over 130 odd countries, and luckily, the pearl of the Indian Ocean was under the list of countries receiving access to Netflix, in contrast to our usual spotlight in lists like those of Human Right Violations, Corrupt Governments and Developmental Failures.
I for one, was ecstatic when I saw the article on Pulse.lk last morning regarding the launch of Netflix and right away shared the post on my timeline. This was when I decided to go over the shares for the article and read through the captions and status updates all over Facebook revolving around the unanimous excitement of all Sri Lankans to ‘Netflix and chill’. Dear fellow Sri Lankans, Netflix and Chill isn’t what you think it means. I was a little confused at first too, but then again, if Sri Lankans can use the ancient term ‘Sinahale’ as a figurative tool of complete racism, then I don’t think we can blame the Americans for not sticking by the literal meaning of ‘Netflix and chill’ and instead using it as a figurative term. The phrase is a euphemism for hooking up. I googled up the term and the easiest-to-comprehend definition was the one provided by our all-time favorite online dictionary, Urban Dictionary. It read something along the lines of going to your partner’s house, having Netflix in the background and well, I think you and I both know where that leads to. Hence Dear Sri Lankans, the next time you upload your statuses with for example something like “Netflix and chill-ing with the brother/sister/family (or someone tagged on your status”, you really need to reconsider your options. But if you are actually doing what Netflix and Chill figuratively means, then I don’t think the rest of your social world really needs to know the details.
Now since we’ve moved on from that confusion, we are going to talk about my personal favourite. #netflixandbuffering. For one, most of our households have only a WiFi capacity of about 30-50 GBs, if you’re lucky. And Watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. You make up the math only to realise that now, our internet wouldn’t be over towards the end of the month, but it’s most likely to completely finish off within two to two and a half weeks. Oh, the joy. I had a couple of comments on my post where people kept reinstating hoe Torrents are pretty much the same thing, if not cheaper and easier, but once you do really start to use Netflix you realise that its convenience and the fact that it recommends all your favourite TV shows and movies, literally keeps you hooked onto it. While we all use our very limited data capacity on Netflix, we can perhaps “chill” while it buffers, sorted then.
The next thing that disappoints us all is the very limited Movie and TV show options Netflix offers. “Even if you’re not preparing for zombie plagues and alien invasions, or you’re not afraid of traveling through the Bermuda Triangle, you’ll still likely be entertained by National Geographic’s The Truth Behind series, which dedicates each hour-long episode to long-standing mysteries like the aforementioned monsters as well as crop circles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Freemasons, and more.” – Decider.com. But however Documentaries like this or even our most watched TV show on cable TV, Castle, isn’t available in the Sri Lankan library on Netflix.
I’m sure that most of you already signed up because of the one month free trial service Netflix offers, because we Sri Lankans will never, ever let go something we receive free of charge. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of suggestions of international TV Shows to binge-watch during your first free Netflix month.
- WentWorth– A remake of the ‘80s show called Prisoner and for fans of the famous TV show,Orange Is the New Black.
- Black Mirror –A sci-fi thriller where it explores how technology manipulates the human behaviour.
- Broadchurch –The TV series is about how the murder of a young boy rips a small town apart and makes the two detectives suspect everyone, including each other.
- Master Of None –A comedy by Aziz Ansari, it shows how becoming a mature adult is more difficult than having a stable career or even dating.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt –When a woman is rescued from a cult she was trapped in for 15 years, she moves to New York and starts to really live her life
- Making A Murderer –A crime thriller, this is about the life of a guy who served term for 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit. But he’s on the line again, and now some people want him to be put away for good.
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries –Set in the 1920s, this Australian series is about a fabulous lady detective.
- Jane The Virgin – Jane, who is a virgin, is accidentally artificially inseminated. What follows makes for a hilarious TV show.
- Trailer Park Boys –A Netflix original,Trailer Park Boys is about 3 long-time pals who run scams for a living.
- Sense 8 – The lives of 8 people are in danger because they are gifted with telepathy, but that’s the only thing keeping them alive. This sensational sci-fi drama’s representation game is on point.
- Grace And Frankie – Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them for each other, and now they have to help each other return to single life.
- Bloodline – This is about the Rayburn family, living a perfect life in a lovely small town. But everything isn’t what it seems, especially in the Rayburn family.
- Penny Dreadful – A combination of the classic tales of Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and more, woven together beautifully. Also the cast is quite stellar.
- The Inbetweeners – A British sitcom about teen boys who can’t do anything right.
- The 100 – Set in a post-apocalyptic world, humans are living on a space station after earth was deemed unfit to live on. Several decades later, a 100 teenagers are sent to Earth to see if it’s safe to return or not.
- Hemlock Grove – Secrets are a normal part of the daily lives of people in the small town of Hemlock Grove. Here the darkest evil hides in plain sight, and monsters come in all shapes.
- Under The Dome – Sealed in an invisible dome, this small town is held captive with wicked secrets and terrible nightmares.
- Jessica Jones – A feminist superhero, Jessica uses her gifts to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else. For Jessica, revenge is sweet but she most definitely isn’t.
- Daredevil – The Marvel superhero, Daredevil is the story of a young boy blinded at a young age, fighting injustice as a lawyer during the day and a superhero in the night.
- Real Rob – He is a famous stand-up comic, but his real life is even more funnier. Explore the life of the super famous comedian Rob Schneider.
Have fun Netflix and umm, chilling everybody!