New Semester Brings New Net Flicks

Bryce Parr-

The end of summer ushers in another year for University of Wisconsin—Stout students and for many, that means a return to old routines of binging Netflix between their busy schedule. Netflix is adding a wide variety of series, movies and Netflix originals this month that should keep the media fanatics engaged well into the start of the new school year.

“It’s very unhealthy, but sometimes you get so lost in the world of it. Binging is like an addiction, but it’s not a bad addiction” Said UW—Stout Senior Jasmine Baker. Already this month, Netflix added ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Spider-Man 3’, ‘10,000 B.C’. and even the recent blockbuster, Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’. The rest of the month sees the addition of four Disney films: “Lilo & Stitch”, “The Emperor’s New Groove”, “Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Baker recommends, “‘Terrace House’, a Japanese reality show. ‘Terrace house’—any season except aloha state. It’s how actual people react to actual situations.” Baker said.

Senior Karen Hansen also had a few Netflix suggestions for students. “I’ve been watching the ‘Ozarks’, [and] ‘Arrested Development.’ I saw ‘Black Panther’ is on there and that is a great movie. I just started watching a series called ‘Safe’, and that is really good.”

The streaming service also packed the month with more than 52 original releases, including season 2 of ‘Iron Fist’ on Sept 7 and season 5 of ‘Bojack Horseman’ on Sept 14. Other series include season 8 of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘American Horror Story: Cult.’

Hansen believes the streaming service may be increasing original content and snagging blockbuster films to compete with Spotify’s premium for students. “Spotify for students just added showtime to their deal, so as a student you pay $5 for Spotify premium, Hulu and Showtime. So that could be why Netflix is upping their game” Hansen said.

Senior Vaughn Hess enjoys Netflix’s original programming. “If you can handle [crude humor], I’d say ‘Big Mouth,’ the humor in puberty can be pretty relatable.” Hess said.

Some shows and films will be leaving with the September rotation. Keep an eye on the title cards of your favorite shows for updates.