Winter is coming: Time to binge

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Winter is coming, and students are ready for movie marathons and binge watching their favorite shows. There are a ton of new shows this year, as well as gems from the past, that bring tears and fright to students’ eyes. For every good binge watch, it’s important to have all the right essentials including a device, everything necessary to get comfy and a great new show to captivate your interest.

First things first, students need to have an internet streaming subscription service. Most students have Netflix, Hulu or the DirecTV app. If you don’t have any of these subscriptions, don’t fret; all Boise State students can get Hulu and Spotify in a package deal for $4.99 per month while they are in school. Another option is to make friends with another student who has one of these programs and wants to binge with you.  

On a more basic level, comfort is key. Having a breathable pillow, blanket and comfy chair will keep you focused on the task at hand. Next to any good binger there should be a food station. The more professional binger knows that it is necessary to have the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

“Popcorn, chips, salsa and chocolate is the perfect combination,” said freshman computer science major Matt Belisle.

On the other hand, biology major Nicole Horn says sweet potatoes are the best guilt-free binge food. They are a “health carb, sugar and starch, all in one. That way you are hitting all your food groups and you don’t regret the hours spent binging,” Horn said.

It’s important to stay hydrated, so grab some water, soda or any Dutch Bros. drink during the hours of screen time. Not every student will need tissues, but Belisle agreed everyone should have them near.

Now that your binge throne is set up, here are some shows you may be interested in watching for the first or fifth time.

“Stranger Things”

“Stranger Things” is a Netflix original that brings the nostalgic aspects of 1985 pop culture and a modern twist to sci-fi conspiracy theories. The show was nominated for 13 primetime Emmy awards and won five in 2017. Season two of “Stranger Things” will be released on Oct. 27.

“Riverdale”

“Riverdale’s” first season is also available on Netflix. Beware—the first 13 episodes will keep students locked in their dorm room for the whole weekend. Based on the “Archie” comic books from the 1950s, this series is drama-packed. This murder mystery ties romance, pop culture and suspense together, providing the perfect hook for a good binge series. The first episode of season two was aired on the CW at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Episodes will continue to be aired each Wednesday for the remainder of the 22-episode series. Each episode will then come to Netflix viewers the following day

“Rick and Morty”

The cartoon “Rick and Morty” is becoming extremely popular. In order to enjoy this series, it’s important to be able to appreciate weird humor and a dark, twisted take on existence. Once you get hooked it’s hard to stop. There are two seasons currently on Hulu, and the third is available only with the account information to a television subscription on Adultswim.com. Visually, “Rick and Morty” provides images similar to “Futurama” and “The Simpsons.” Content-wise, it is comparable to “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy.” Truly, you’ve got to see it in order to find out whether you love or hate it. Like Rick always says, “That’s the way the news goes.”

“This is Us”

When beginning to binge “This is Us,” it’s important to know the show is like a puzzle jumping between lives and creating dramatic irony. It’s an emotionally moving series that shows the different hurdles in family life. This show “might relate to adults more than college students,” Belisle points out. Students can catch season 1 and 2 on DirecTV or  through the NBC app. Season 3 started on live television Sept. 26, only three episodes have been released, so get to it Broncos.

If these shows aren’t for you, other students have suggested:

Found on Netflix and Hulu: “New Girl,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Parks and Recreation”

Found on Netflix: “The Office,” “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” “Friends,” “That 70’s Show” and “Full House.”

Now that you’ve got your food, tissues and a cozy blanket, crack open that laptop or grab your remote and start binging.

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