You would think with the mass amount of content available that there would be no time to rewatch an entire series. But there are some stories and characters so great that they are worth revisiting.
Personally, I like to be reassured in knowing how things will work out in the end. By watching the same thing over and over again I can relive the experience and emotion I felt. Or it can be used as a way of tracking how much I’ve grown as a person since I first experienced the content.
Sense8 has been raved about on this blog before so it should not be a surprise that I have seen the series twice. My reason for rewatching the series was because the date for the season 2 kept getting pushed further so I snapped as I had to relive the experience again. It was originally released on Netflix in June 2015 and I had finished it in under 24 hours. Delving into the world and seeing the characters the Wachowski siblings had crafted so beautifully was as thrilling as the first time.
Another series that was a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end was Breaking Bad. The series is often referred to as the best television show that ever existed. Being reintroduced to the hero, villains and everything in-between was such an exciting experience. Going through the stages of the character development for Walter White (pictured above) is still as gripping as when you first watch. Our brains seek comfort in knowing how something will end, it is certain to remain as you had left and the same emotions resurface.
Friends is a series that reminds me of my childhood. I would come home from school and the reruns would be playing on E4. I still find myself assigning the characters into my friendship groups. Having only seen the episodes in non-chronological order as a child, I did not appreciate the humour and jokes. One thing that motivated me to rewatch was a specific moment that I had remembered. It had something to do with Joey, a pizza and something occurring on a Thursday – random I know! The joy that came when the words were finally put into context, I don’t know why it had stuck with me all those years as it was barely relevant to the plot.
Another show that made me reminisce my past was Skins. I had originally watched the series before reaching Sixth Form; so it most likely built up my expectation of what those two years would be like. I rewatched it the summer before starting at university as a way of reminiscing upon my final two years in compulsory education. Although my life was not nearly as drama filled as these groups, after watching so many shows surrounding American teenage groups it felt good to see a friendship group which is set in the UK as it felt more relatable.
I shall leave you with this quote said by Jane Margolis in Breaking Bad:
Why should we do anything more than once? Should I just smoke this one cigarette? Maybe we should only have sex once, if it’s the same thing. Should we just watch one sunset? Or live just one day? Because it’s new every time. Each time is a different experience.
Do you often rewatch TV or films? Or do you think it’s a complete waste of time?