Example: In Buffy when Andrew references releasing flying monkeys at the school play — an event we never saw on screen. But somehow, knowing that it happened makes me super happy.
My love of The Long Arc storytelling form is weirdly strong.
I find the “Previously on [THE SHOW OF YOUR CHOICE]” bits oddly comforting. And seeing how characters arc over several years. And remembering how much I’VE changed since I started watching a series.
In conclusion, TV is the best.
So… Just thought I’d share.
Aside from plenty of other things that I love about sitcoms, I love how they have occasional one-hour specials.
Those are really cool concepts when you think about them. It’s like the show says, “We understand that we are a situation comedy series, but the needs of hour story and the way that our characters have evolved require us to fundamentally change the format of our series for a week. We’re going to be a one-hour drama this week, but don’t worry - we won’t be too dramatic. We’ll still be funny, promise. We trust that you understand how this fits into the overall series, still feel that the characters are authentic, and find the storytelling believable.”
Dramas never do that. Drama’s can’t say “Hey guys, this week we’re going to have a half hour comedy special, because - you know - these characters have had it rough for a while. Time for a little comic relief.” And as much fun and giggles as I have picturing the concept of a half-hour Mad Men special, it just wouldn’t work in real life.
I honestly can’t think of another medium that does this. Like, books of poetry don’t just say “and for the next 20 pages, I’m going to tell a short story.” That’s a pretty cool trick, sitcoms.
This is the best day of the year!
This is my favorite day of the year!
I love this day!
There’s nothing like it! ILOVEIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here! Have All my happy GIFS!
People who complain that the characters/stories in the final season of a TV series aren’t “the same anymore.”
Of course they’re not the same! That’s what makes a show good: the fact that storytelling becomes more complex as we get to know the characters and, in turn, those characters arc and evolve and make increasingly complex choices. By the end of any good series, we should have some sense that the story/characters that were given to us in the pilot have changed so much that the series has reached a logical conclusion - basically, if we kept following these characters around it would be another series entirely.
Obviously, taking this too far to the point where the choices that the characters make and the stories that the writers tell are so inconsistent with the characters’ personalities or the basic tenets of the series leads to a series jumping the shark. Which is bad.
But mostly, series becoming different than what you started with is a good thing. Look at FRIENDS, for instance. That show was about a group of 20-somethings whose friendship provides a life-raft during their individual searches for purpose, stability, and life in a big city. By the end of the series, they’d all found the love/family/purpose they were seeking. Following that group anymore would have made it a different series.
So, people complaining about how different your show is than when you started it: calm down and enjoy the final arc.
So, I go to pick up lunch for my boss. We’ll call him… John. There are three fun details that make this awesome.
1. I have no money for food so I just brought a Luna bar. He found this unacceptable. So he gave me cash to cover “his” order (i.e. Enough money to cover his food plus “accidentally” including a few extra dollars to help me cover my lunch without making me feel like a charity case. Cuz he’s nice like that.)
2. He suggested tacos. We all know how I feel about tacos.
3. When I go to pick up the order, I see that he’s made the order under the name “John and Eden BFFs”
I like today. Today is good.