Partial seasons have a payoff for the content holder.
Allow me to explain. Years ago I watched a show that I liked called WareHouse 13. Unfortunately they only had two episodes on Netflix, so I never watched past that. It seemed to be on TV but because I didn’t watch because it wasn’t a priority.
So yesterday I see it listed on Amazon Video. Now I don’t like Amazon at all, but I also am very curious about what happened. I also like the story line because it thoughtfully examines different ideas. So I paid the $29 to watch the season 4 and my curiosity is satisfied.
It makes sense that content makers want people to get a taste and then buy things. I don’t mind supporting them in this way. It has brought me lots more pleasure than $29 worth. I think more and more in the future what we will see are productions that are self funded and bypass the traditional gatekeepers.
You see this now with the incredible number of original programs by streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Some things seem so inevitable, that you look back and it seems weird for it not to happen. Take the internet for example. We look back and wonder what life would be without it.
Many people share this sense of curiosity that I have. I am so glad I bought this season. It features Brent Spiner who was Data on Star Trek. He adds a charm and interesting variety to the show. In some ways the show seems to be grasping at straws by bringing in a big hitter like him, but its ok because I like his character.
When we like something we can forgive almost anything can’t we? I guess now I will be looking Amazon video over for other shows I might enjoy. I tend to like Netflix but Hulu had some good series as well. Why can’t they just have a service where you can pick exactly what you want?