Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I am beginning to see why people tell me that they don't watch series television. As I mentioned before I have been watching Heroes on DVD-- the only way to watch series television anymore. Why? Because the shows can't stay on the air if the storyline is wrapped up too quickly. At least that's the prevailing wisdom. I have discovered over the last few years that I only have about 2 seasons in me if I watch series television week-to-week. It becomes almost painful for me to watch the storylines of my favorite shows get stretched out and tweaked just to keep the show on the air. But being of limited intelligence I keep trying--as evidenced by my current addiction to Heroes. Am I doomed to be disappointed again? Sadly, the answer is probably yes. One thing I like about movies is that you get a whole story arc in one sitting; even in an ongoing series. Take The Dark Knight for example. Knight is the second movie in a current series about Batman. In a way you could look at it like series television in that there are installments to the story, but the big difference is that each movie tells a whole story. There's a beginning, a middle and and end-- even if the end has the potential to be continued. Each episode of Heroes ends with the caption to be continued... When do you suppose it'll say the end? But maybe I'm unusual. My personal preference is that each show have a complete story arc each season. I know that wouldn't be as dramatic and maybe the consensus that the show would lose viewers is the right one. After all, there are soap operas that have been on TV for over 50 years. Talk about dragging out the story. But what really gets me are the same old tropes that pop up again and again. I mean, let me ask you this. How many times have you seen someone die and then mysteriously turn up alive? Me? I haven't actually seen this yet in real life, but it happens on all my favorite shows all the time. Just look at BSG-- no one really dies on that show. Or how about this? How many times have you met someone with amnesia? Going by the number of times I see it on TV I'd assume it's really common. (John Doe, Samantha Who, Total Recall, Memento, etc..) Time Travel? Star Trek anyone? Heroes likes this one too... I mean, it gets crazy sometimes. Long lost sister/brother/father; mysterious strangers who have all the answers-- then suddenly die; aliens; secret organizations..... You know I could go on. So what am I trying to say? I don't know. Other than maybe it's a good thing BSG is ending this year.