Netflix (il)Logic

Because of my interest in Firefly: The Complete Series, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape, Netflix recommended the TV show Top Gear (U.K.) to me.


The first three are science fiction television programs, two American and one Australian, while Top Gear is a British program hosted by car enthusiasts which focuses primarily on supercars. As far as I know, none of the actors in the sci-fi shows ever appeared on Top Gear as guests and they certainly aren’t regulars. Likewise, none of the hosts of Top Gear was ever in any episode of any of the sci-fi shows. The only connections I can make for Netflix’s recommendation is that they are all TV shows and that Farscape and Top Gear are foreign. In fact, I think Top Gear (U.K.) is a fantastic show, though I was watching it long before I subscribed to Netflix so zero points for the suggestion.

Now, because of my interest in Top Gear, Netflix is recommending Linda Linda Linda, a Japanese movie about three schoolgirls looking to replace their lead singer just days before the school’s talent show and their only candidate is a Korean girl who can barely speak Japanese.

And now the connections are reduced to one: they are both foreign. Obviously I’m missing something. If that were the only connection, there’s no reason for Netflix not to recommend every foreign TV show and movie in its library.

Although now that I think about it, it does seem like it is doing just that. ★

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