Netflix is simultaneously the best and worst thing to happen to TV lovers in the modern world. We get the elation of having every episode of the shows we love — and the shows we hate-watch — right at our fingertips. It also means that we can watch series that might have lasted us three to ten years in a matter of months, weeks, days or even hours. So we can regularly feel the devastation of finishing our favourite series and the mental crisis that accompanies it. We always have the option to re-watch series (unless they take them down *cough* Scrubs), but it’s never the same. Unless, perhaps, you forgot all the major plot points.
Samsung thinks that it can solve your problem. At the beginning of December, the company launched a Swedish website, UnSpoil Me, as part of a promotion for their new QLED TV. They worked with two hypnotists to develop the site which centers on a 23-minute video they claim will hypnotize you into forgetting your favourite TV series so you can “re-experience it with the same thrilling feeling you had the first time you watched it.” We’re listening.
Basically, you decide what series you want to forget and the video guides you through a self-hypnosis. Then you get one night’s sleep and the next day you should be ready to watch that show again without any pesky spoilers. You can repeat the process as many times as you like for different TV shows or movies (though they warn that anyone with epilepsy or mental illness should not attempt). Seems like an unbelievable fix, right?
A writer at CNET heard about the service (which had a surprisingly quiet roll-out considering the company it’s promoting) through Reddit and attempted to use it to forget Big Little Lies. Her results were less than satisfactory. In fact, she reports that she didn’t forget anything at all. Despite some trippy stuff about jumping through time and a giant Nicole Kidman judging her, there were no lasting effects. The website warns that hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone, so maybe others will have better luck with it.
As for us, we saw Get Out. There’s no way we’re willingly undergoing hypnosis. We like our brains where they are, thanks.