During this time of the COVID 19 pandemic, people have been turning to watching new television shows, but sometimes picking a show can be hard as streaming services have just so much content and a lot of it is….not good. To save you all the misery of starting a show and abandoning it 20 minutes in, I decided to do an experiment.
I decided to watch the first season of the Netflix show Peaky Blinders to track my progress of how I felt about the show during the first season. Now, this article is not serving the purpose to review the show, but to have the purpose of a small peek into my experience with it and how my feelings for it changes over time. To give context, Peaky Blinders is based in Birmingham, England 1919 where gangs take over the streets in order to support their family after the war. The show follows the Shelby family, who’s gang is named the Peaky Blinders, and as they go about their day to day activities, conflict arises for them. I have divided my experience into 5 different stages each revolving around my thoughts on the show to make a point if I will keep watching it or not.
This is the beginning of the story where scrolling through Netflix, I came across the show as it catches my eye. So I began to watch as my curiosity set in. During this stage the main character and their day to day actions are introduced as well as side characters and the general idea of the show. In other words I had a blank canvas of what to expect from this show and as the first episode moves along, my thoughts towards these characters start to wonder how they will be incorporated. By the end of the first episode I wasn’t hooked on the show, but trying to learn it and if it might be something that I could watch. At the beginning of the show it’s supposed to have people clueless of what is going on as new points to introduce the story sparks peaks of interest.
This is where conflict, already in the basic premise of the show, began to become confusing. As new characters are being introduced it made the plot thicker, but of course I was having trouble trying to keep up with each scene in relation to others and why something was happening. Even if the confusion was not enjoyable, its purpose was to set up the plot for later episodes. That gave me the sense that later on, it will prove to be worth it.
During this point of the show, I was able to take appreciation in the story and its plots. As it went on, my interests peaked with factors of the plot that either changed a character’s motive or continued past scenes with new dynamics such as how the gang’s headquarters became heavily targeted by enemies. In other words, I was able to enjoy the plot for what it is and decipher it in a way where I could see myself wanting to fully know the plot.
Here is where the character-building from the first episode began to rub off on me in a way where I could feel sympathy for them. Sympathy in a way that I cared for their beliefs and dramas within the story, such as whether the character fights for the moral good of his family or finally accomplishes something. During this stage, I started to relate with the characters as if I was experiencing what they went through. It’s almost like a journey with, what I said earlier, a blank canvas. Near the end of painting it, you begin to characterize yourself with what you’ve painted.
Hooked. Yes that is right. I got hooked on this show. By the end, I saw it as entertainment that I can continuously keep returning to with it’s the ever changing plot or the connection between me and its characters. The plot is something that I can keep deciphering for amusement and the characters are ones I can step in the shoes of, and feel the same things. Concluding the first season of Peaky Blinders, I can firmly say that I will continue watching this show.