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View Poll Results: Standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?
completely standalone episodes 6 12.24%
some story arcs over 2-3 episodes only for guest stars 7 14.29%
multiple story arcs with also standalone episodes 22 44.90%
2-parter episodes for season finale's ONLY 1 2.04%
completely serialized season like "Mad Men" or "Heroes" 13 26.53%
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Old October 4 2010, 05:50 PM   #1
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standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

What type of storytelling would you like:
Standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?
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Old October 4 2010, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

The writing for Babylon 5 had a rather intricate arc as I recall. It was one of the things I greatly liked about the show. I don't know if thats what you are talking about for Mad Men or Heroes as I haven't watched those, but I'd like to see that.

They sort of did this on DS9, but I think they could have done more.
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Old October 4 2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

You missed an important option. Standalone episodes with basic continuity between them. White Collar would be a current example for this. Each episode is its own self contained story, but for regular watchers there is also the overall Kate/Fowler story which spans the entire show.
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Old October 4 2010, 09:05 PM   #4
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

AviTrek wrote: View Post
You missed an important option. Standalone episodes with basic continuity between them. White Collar would be a current example for this. Each episode is its own self contained story, but for regular watchers there is also the overall Kate/Fowler story which spans the entire show.
AviTrek, it still would be Trek and character development is always happening over a season. This poll was for plot story style only not character development.
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Old October 5 2010, 12:03 AM   #5
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

First of all, I think Trek(especially the earlier episodes) tended to have no real character development. At the end of each episode, everyone reboots back to the start. Also, a show like White Collar has a plot that stretches through the season, even if each episode is still mostly a crook of the week plot.
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Old October 5 2010, 01:03 AM   #6
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

I'd have to go with Multiple Story Arcs that contribute to a bigger plot (whether that be a season wide or series wide) but also keep the standalone episodes. However, the standalones shouldn't just be filler, they should be for character growth/study.
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Old October 5 2010, 02:47 AM   #7
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

Multiple story arcs with also standalone episodes.

Some shows should be entirely serialized but Star Trek doesn't need to be.
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Old October 6 2010, 11:37 AM   #8
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

Multiple story arcs with also standalone episodes.

I like continuity. I also like cute little one offs. After the Domion were introduced in DS9 i thought a lot of the one offs were not as good as a TNG one off. HOwever the story arcs were amazing!
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Old October 6 2010, 02:16 PM   #9
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

I prefer how TNG did it--mostly standalones, a number of multi-episode arcs, and with the finale connected to the first episode. Along the way, there could be some continuity, but it wouldn't be a case in which if you missed an episode, you were screwed...
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Old October 6 2010, 04:34 PM   #10
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

AviTrek wrote: View Post
You missed an important option. Standalone episodes with basic continuity between them.
This for me.
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

C.E. Evans wrote: View Post
I prefer how TNG did it--mostly standalones, a number of multi-episode arcs, and with the finale connected to the first episode. Along the way, there could be some continuity, but it wouldn't be a case in which if you missed an episode, you were screwed...
One of the things I liked about Babylon 5, and DS9 did this a little bit, was that they had the series spanning arc, multi episode arcs, and stand alone stories.

Although you're right about the missing an episode. B5 was definitely one where if you missed an episode you could easily get lost.
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Old October 6 2010, 06:35 PM   #12
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

C.E. Evans wrote: View Post
I prefer how TNG did it--mostly standalones, a number of multi-episode arcs, and with the finale connected to the first episode. Along the way, there could be some continuity, but it wouldn't be a case in which if you missed an episode, you were screwed...
This. Both would suit me fine.
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Old October 6 2010, 08:19 PM   #13
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

I wouldn't mind seeing something completely serialized, like The Wire, if it was...as good as The Wire.
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Old October 15 2010, 04:07 AM   #14
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

Stand alones, please. For those of us who have more than one job (you gotta love the 21st Century!), it's almost impossible to keep up with any kind of serialized TV.
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Old October 16 2010, 08:50 PM   #15
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Re: standalone episodes or serialized season for next TV series?

I don't have any trouble, but maybe that's because there's about three serialized shows on right now that are worth bothering with and the trusty DVR collects them all until I have some time to watch.

The sad state of affairs in TV makes serialization more attractive of an option.
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