CHASING AROUND AFTER IT
Network people will often tell you that the show has to be episodic because you can't rely on it to be shown in order once it's in syndication. A corrolary of that is that you can't rely on the audience to be able to catch it in order, even if it is shown in order, because its programming slot may change.
My folks have been chasing around the weekly schedule, trying to find the show I co-created last year. It was showing on Friday nights. Now it seems to be on Wednesday nights. It also missed a few weeks in there. This probably betokeneth less than rabid support of the show, and like all creatives I then wonder how the show is supposed to gain support if no one can find it, but that is an old battle. The lesson to take away is: if your show must be watched in order, well, it better be a god damn bonafide hit.
Farscape was a great series that was somewhat episodic, but occasionally had twists that turned the story in a different direction (my favorite scene from that ep was when Crighton was accidentally cloned and the last scene is him playing Rock - Paper Scissors with himself and always drawing up a tie).
The problem with being episodic is it's so bloody predictable... (oh, not to worry, Voyager will be back up and running at the end of the hour) which is why Farscape was so much fun to watch: you were constantly on edge wondering if they were going to throw in another monkey wrench.
I'm not too adverse to tuning into an episode 'late' and watching eps out of order as long as there's a "previously on" clip, but maybe that's me. I've always adored the grand scale epic stories. Besides, it just makes me want to buy the DVD boxed set when it comes out.
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