| 03.24.2018

Screen time over socializing — Netflix and Hulu can help maximize relaxation


Coming off winter break, it can be easy to get caught up in all the things we missed while away. Classes, school work, clubs and friends clog up our daily lives, and it can be difficult to find a chance for ourselves. This is where our friends Hulu and Netflix come in.

Sure, sometimes it’s nice to read a book or take a nap. But, sometimes it’s even better to sit back, relax and do next to nothing with our brains by watching a good TV show.

Escape to your bedroom and sink into any of the following movies and shows.

Jonah Baker | Argonaut

Netflix’s recent push for original content has produced some impressive accomplishments that deserve your attention.

“Black Mirror”, for those that have not seen it yet, is an incredible series that may just be the best Netflix Original. Each episode takes on a different issue with our technology-dominated future, with issues like virtual reality and biotechnology taking center stage. There are currently three seasons up on the streaming service, and the fourth season is set to be released at the end of the month.

Unlike other shows, “Black Mirror” is more of an anthology with largely unrelated stories but similar themes. Even without that continuity, the show consistently produces a sense of dread and suspense stemming from the relevance of the subject matter.

If you’re looking for something a little less terrifying and a little more awesome, both Hulu and Netflix have something to offer. “Independence Day: Resurgence” was by no means a cinematic masterpiece, but Liam Hemsworth’s cut-from-marble chin and plenty of explosions will entertain Hulu users in need of some alien-crushing and America-saving action. If you only have Netflix but still want some comic-book style action, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” are all great ways to spend a couple hours.

We do also live in the age of peak television, so it would be remiss to leave out the shows that can literally consume your entire break. Hulu still has all nine seasons “How I Met Your Mother,” which just recently left Netflix’s lineup. It has a very strong lineup of comedies, with “Bob’s Burgers,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “South Park” all readily available for streaming. Netflix has much more to satiate the dramatic taste.

“Narcos,” “The Crown” and “Ozark” are all great opportunities to binge for hours or even days following the dramatic lives of drug dealers and royals. These shows get extra bonus points because they are shows that your friends have probably watched at some point or another. Any crazy day can be rectified by watching the latest season of “Stranger Things” — for those that live under a rock and still have not seen it.

There’s always something that needs doing or someone to email. Luckily for us, there is more content than ever on Netflix and Hulu to help us escape from daily obligations for short or long periods of time.

Jonah Baker can be reached at arg-opinion@uidaho.edu


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