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Old September 2 2013, 07:33 AM   #7
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Re: Was TNG more Arc-Based Than We Thought?

Absolutely, I think the point SFX were trying to make (more eloquently than I lol).] is that TNG didn't have 'negative continuity'. It didn't go out of its way to string along elaborate story arcs, but neither did it isolate episodes into pocket universes. Events in an episode could (and often did) get mentioned again later down the track.

And it was like this from the very start. I remember how impressed I was when I saw "Coming Of Age" the first time, and Remmick is quizzing the Enterprise crew about events that have happened on screen throughout season one. I thought it was a very cool way of saying, "Yes, we acknowledge and reward the viewers for watching us and keeping track of this stuff". That's what successful arc-based television should be.
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