I feel like we were all really excited about friends coming to Netflix, but before long we're going to be so tired of anything having to do with everyone's favorite, over-obsessed-about '90s sitcom. Remember when the Internet was brand new, or even more extreme, didn't exist at all? Simpler days could be spent enjoying television without The People Of The Internet either dissecting the life out of peripheral characters or creating a series of parodies. Friends mostly aired BI—Before Internet—which meant it was lucky enough to largely avoid analysis and mockery during its first run. Then Netflix rolled out the entire series for streaming, screenshotting, and manipulation potential galore. In other words, Friends is finally experiencing the struggle that every other show knows all too well: The Internet is messing with it.
In its latest installment of Internet trollery, someone stripped the iconic Rembrandts' theme song from the Friends opening sequence, and dubbed in audio from the actual show, matching the noises and sounds with the video in unusual and awkward ways. It's a little jarring, vaguely creepy, and raises some very important questions: Does Rachel whisper, "I love you"? And if she does, whom does she love? Ross? Us? Paolo? Does Phoebe quietly sing an early rendition of "Smelly Cat"?
OK, did you hear the "I love you"? Anyone? If I'm actually crazy, I refuse for this to be the point at which it's finally putted.