On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 15:29:15 -0400, "Sifu SODDI"
Post by Sifu SODDI
Those fucking HBO longforms are so fucking slow-moving and drawn out it's
the only way to watch 'em. "The Wire 4" and "Rome 2" are next.
See, you give these American teevee writers too much time and too much space
and they just expand shit to fill the void. "Carnevale" could have wrapped
up a good conclusion in the last season it was given... the writers just
didn't know what to do or how to do it.
I liked the way J. Michael Straczynky was forced to handle the imminent
cancellation of "Babylon 5" during season 4. He said he had a 5-year story
arc and given the facts he decided to COLLAPSE his planned seasons 4 and 5
into one season. I think it worked GOOD... better than earlier seasons, in
fact. Of course, then he GOT a fifth season and that wandered just all over
The ones I have watched (Lost, The Sopranos, Deadwood) the writers
aren't really telling a story at all ... they are linking one
cliff-hanger to the next. I've mostly lost interest in these series;
once that sunk in, I stopped caring about what happened next. There
IS NO what happens next.
I only watch them on DVD too, but even like that, just going from one
episode to the next, I just stop caring about how a hanging thread is
going to be resolved. There IS NO spoon.
It's like watching people argue about some movie or other, say Star
Wars, and asking questions like "did Luke REALLY KNOW that Leia was
his sister?" Or whatever. Luke Skywalker DOESN'T HAVE an internal
life. Most likely, the scriptwriters didn't even think about it, and
if they did, undoubtedly they would have put it on the screen.
Questions like that are a rorschach test, there is nothing there but
what you put into it.
Where a series like that goes next just doesn't interest me when I
realize the form of the series is just to keep spooling it out further
Personally, I would like to write a show in series format, it could be
a great way to tell a story without being limited to a two-hour format
where it's hard not to be predictable, because you really have to wrap
things up in a short time. If I were doing it though, I would think
of it as a series of stories, which would have definite ends. Then
you go into the next story. "And then ... a - and THEN" just gets
irritating after a while.
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