Winter & Video

Sunday, October 20, 2019

I still subscribe to Netflix although I rarely watch its shows. The network increasingly has cranked out series after series, quickly, and with each using the same formula. An episode’s initial moments contains a noisy, scary event, and afterwards, the production has somebody chasing somebody else. Most scripts and story-lines consist of threats, physical action, and lots of noise. To me, all this is completely uninteresting, and worst unwatchable, for I dislike noise and violence.

Except when it’s presented skillfully, which becomes evident early in an offering. A case in point is “Peaky Blinders”, the series with such an odd name that on first appearance I avoided it. But finally tuning in, from the first moments it’s beautifully filmed and riveting. This series has excellent videography, scripts and fine actors.

When first “Peaky Blinders” showed up on my Netflix, it boasted two or three seasons of existence. I was so captured that when another season appeared, I re-watched the first episodes and took in the newest. The same happened upon its next new seasons, and now we’re offered Season Six. Again, I’m watching the entire series, and with renewed, deep appreciation for fine work.

I’ve been captured several times before, with shows like “Happy Valley”, “Velvet”, “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, and others, that could hold me without letting go. There’s great potential for art in video series, if they’re allowed the leeway, time, and financing to fully-develop scripts, story-lines, and acting roles.

The increasing social technologies have moved a large audience from movies to cable and internet. This has forced providers like Netflix to compete by rushing new productions and providing variety for viewers. Obviously, this works as there’s a huge audience for “slam, bang, gotcha,” and such production pop-up lots. For many of us, however, taking our time to sit viewing requires an excellent script, story, fine acting, and skilled videography.

The upshot is that I’m again tuned in to Netflix and re-riveted on “Peaky Blinders”. I again would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys great production work.

Dear Friends: As winter moves in cable and internet become more important. Diana

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