When dealing with two part epsiodes in television... do you find each episode have all the structural/episodic beams of one episode in each (same story, obviously), or do both episodes have one episode skeletal structure divided over two episodes...?
They absolutely have to work as episodes. What if the network changes the time slot and half your audience misses one of the episodes? What if someone catches only the second episode? What if they catch the first but they have to be out of town for the second? What if the episodes are aired out of order by the network?
Personally I think that even in a miniseries, you ought to be able to tell a coherent story, with a theme and a dramatic resolution. That frees you to change the theme between episodes or nights, if you feel like it, because you've already told one good story and now you're telling another.
Labels: episodic tv