Plus: A Starfleet assignment!
I like how in season 3, the "Borg virus" only affected people under 25 - thus sparing the old farts so they could save the day.
Not happy at all about Netflix DVD going away. I've been using it since my freshman year of college (so...2005? Shit, I feel old) and despite using it very regularly (and shifting between 1 to 3 DVDs at a time), I've still got 400 movies in my queue. Dammit.
DVD Netflix was the best thing ever for my family. We definitely got our money’s worth. I do worry about the going to streaming nonstop, but I first complained about owning vs renting back when I played Everquest and I had to explain to people that they didn’t own the game; they only rented it month to month. Today’s Netflix is the same way.
I'll miss my Netflix DVDs coming in the mail. While we stream regularly, we also get DVDs for those movies/series that we can't stream (HBO Max, Disney+, etc). We also like to watch classic movies once in a while and Netflix DVDs was our choice. RIP Netflix DVDs
I know, I know, this is America, the land of the $. If you live in a low population area, ie rural, the cable companies ain't gonna bother with you - not enough $$. So, you pay more for less with satellite. That's why Netflix DVD's are, soon to be were, such a boon. I think i watched every movie from Argentina starring Ricardo Darin. And, Picard. And...so many more. Weekend evening - good movie - snacks ...
Back in the day, I was able to get all a but a very few of Roger Ebert's Greatest Films of All Time on DVD through Netflix. It was an amazing "course" on the history of film and film techniques, in addition to enjoyable viewing. Good luck on finding even a handful of those on Netflix streaming where you find "movies" not "films."
Truth! My wife and I felt we were the only ones who still cared. . .
Criterion is your friend. I get a -$10 off coupon once or twice a year, and they do a 50% flash sale once a year.
In the early days of Netflix streaming they had a bunch of really low budget indie films. Some looking like they were shot on SD tape. I kinda liked those movies and was glad that Netflix gave them a chance. I suppose it was like the early days of cable TV when the goal was to just get anything on the air to sell ads against.
Anyway there was a brief window where bad stuff that looked bad and cheap got to be on our TVs and I miss it.
The last two episodes of Picard were the best Star Trek we've seen I think since either "In the Pale Moonlight" or "First Contact". I know it probably won't happen, but Jean-Luc...I mean Patrick Stewart...deserves an emmy nomination for his work this season. Just absolutely masterful
I absolutely got my money's worth out of the Netflix DVD subscription (back in the day.) I had the 3 disc at a time plan. I would get a disc, watch it that night, mail it back the next day - upon which I would receive a new one. Lather, rinse, repeat. I was pretty much watching one a day. It's how I caught up on all the classic movies and shows I had always wanted to watch. The selection was just so much better. They had EVERYTHING on DVD. Streaming selection was very limited. Now, pretty much anything you ever wanted to see is on streaming - SOMEWHERE. A lot of those old shows I watched on DVD are popping up now on the Roku channel for free.
Speaking of DVD's, isn't it true that Blockbuster passed on the opportunity to continue their deal when DVD's were new, so the studios changed their pricing model to make them around $20 instead of the $90 they were charging for VHS? I only owned a handful of commercial VHS tapes (had a ton I recorded off TV though) because of the price. When DVD's came out, I bought EVERYTHING. And now I'm looking at my shelves of DVD's and wondering whether or not to keep them.
I loved Netflix's DVD service because it offered so many more titles than streaming. Yes, it's a shame that Dogma is unavailable for streaming. Luckily I have a copy. It's one of my favorite Kevin Smith movies along with the original Clerks. Clerks III reminds me of the 3rd season of Picard. It's a great nostalgia trip. Smith also gives some insights on the making of the original. Speaking of Picard, the first season was meh. It started okay but lost its way by the end. The second season was a mess. I am enjoying season 3 for the same reasons you are.
The first year of the Pandemic (1 CV, I guess) I had my husband and son install two posts in our backyard where I hung a 9 foot by 5 foot piece of white jersey -- a movie screen. I bought a cheap projector (we've upgraded once since then) and some gravity chairs and made our own drive in. We love movies and this allowed us to watch our DVDs in style in our own backyard. I am now happily going to yard sales and garage sales and picking up physical movies for a dollar or 50 cents a piece. I wonder if there is someway to access Netflix 'inventory' of DVDs like I was able to when the Blockbusters and Family Video stores went under?
Oh and yes, we do own a FireStick and can access our streaming services outside, but as you noted it's much easier to access my personal DVD copy of 'The Last Starfighter' than try to find it on any streaming site.
I started watching Picard about a month ago. I signed up for Paramount + for Star Trek, and--cough--Beavis and Butthead (I'm GenX, what do you want?). The price was pretty good and I don't mind the advertising.
I liked Picard Seasons 1 & 2 a bit more than 3. The earlier seasons are somewhat uneven (and the CGI can be distracting), but I generally found both quite enjoyable. I'm probably an outlier as I quite liked the new characters. I'm assuming I'm on solid ground stating that whoever lured Jeri Ryan back as Seven deserves a nice bonus.
Season 3 does have a few flaws. Without getting into spoiler territory, there are a few key plot points where I thought "why wouldn't they, I dunno, go back and talk to so-and-so from season 2? There are a couple of other key plot-points that are also suspect. That said, I underestimated how much I enjoyed seeing the Next Generation cast together. The new actors are excellent additions too. The actress who plays the main adversary does fantastic work - she sells her character and her motivation pays-off a DS9 plot-point. The CGI is still in PS4 territory (good, but not what I'd call movie-grade) but for people who really enjoyed Star Trek: TNG the price of admission is well worth it.
I actually bought Paramount + for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds which I *really* liked. Its a throw-back to the original series, a bit cheesy (in the right ways), and is quite entertaining.
For those of you who can see articles on the Washington Post, there's a good Opinion column and associated comments thread discussing this issue: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/04/21/netflix-dvd-rentals-movies-forgotten-streaming/
I think that we as a society are making a big mistake by abandoning physical media for video given current copyright laws. There's a lot of content out there (especially older material) which may never become legally available by streaming.