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22nd Aug '16 9:04:21 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as a series of isolated stories set in various AdventureTowns in time and space (although the characters did evolve throughout the season). However, the second season saw its first major reference to the past in the form of the return of the Daleks, after they had all died, with the HandWave explanation that this adventure took place ''before'' their destruction. This and future seasons saw an increasing number of recurring elements and characters. It wasn't until the seventies that the narratives started to become definitely interconnected, and in the eighties this turned into ContinuityLockOut and ContinuityPorn. The new series, while still containing series and multi-series long arcs (with a few stand-alones) has dialed back on the ContinuityLockOut, if not completely. That is until Creator/StevenMoffat took over New Who in season 5. Since then, all of the seasons have been connected by a long over-arching story about the identity of The Doctor and new orders and secret organizations seeing him as a threat.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as a series of isolated stories set in various AdventureTowns in time and space (although the characters did evolve throughout the season). However, the second season saw its first major reference to the past in the form of the return of the Daleks, after they had all died, with the HandWave explanation that this adventure took place ''before'' their destruction. This and future seasons saw an increasing number of recurring elements and characters. It wasn't until the seventies that the narratives started to become definitely interconnected, and in the eighties this turned into ContinuityLockOut and ContinuityPorn. The new series, while still containing series and multi-series long arcs (with a few stand-alones) has dialed back on the ContinuityLockOut, if not completely. That is until Creator/StevenMoffat took over New Who in season 5. Since then, all of the seasons have been connected by a long over-arching story about the identity of The the Doctor and new orders and secret organizations seeing him as a threat.
22nd Aug '16 9:03:55 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' started off with no continuity between seasons, but in the later seasons ''Freak Show'' has links to ''Asylum'', while ''Hotel'' has links to the very first story ''Murder House'' and had a character from ''Coven'' [[BackForTheDead reappear to get killed off]].
8th Aug '16 7:31:58 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards.

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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards. The in-universe justification is that all of the old-school wizards killed each other off.
23rd Jul '16 10:55:17 PM Phys101
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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' had little to no regard to continuity in its earlier years. But extended story arcs began taking shape before so long. And old throw-away gags from earlier days have also been brought back and expanded upon, including Squigley's ability to [[WrongContextMagic fly his couch while high]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' had little to no regard to continuity in its earlier years. But extended story arcs began taking shape before so long. And old throw-away gags from earlier days have also been brought back and expanded upon, including Squigley's ability to [[WrongContextMagic fly his couch while high]].high]] and Criminy not thinking to call Amber back after their date.
24th May '16 7:48:15 PM Kid
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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (Who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (Who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (Who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards.

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*** A (common) moment of genius on the part of Pratchett though - in the earlier books the wizards all had names, and consequently died. Then he introduced the usual suspects, didn't give them names, and they became recurring characters. The only exceptions - Ponder Stibbons (Who's (who's too smart and cowardly to die), Ridcully (Who's (who's too stubborn to die) and Rincewind (Who's (who's too fast to die, and in any case isn't so much a wizard as a wizzard) all, in some way, behave very differently from the standard Discworld wizards.
25th Mar '16 10:57:38 AM DreadedDuck500
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' Season 1 is comprised of goofy standalone stories with a just pinch of continuity present in a few episodes, mainly the later ones. Season 2 has a MythArc which even a lot of the self-contained episodes are in some way related to.
3rd Mar '16 3:03:12 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' initially had two- and three-part episodes which didn't really affect each other (except for the recurring villains). Then they started throwing in short arcs that built on the plot of previous Franchise/{{DCAU}} series, such as the season two premiere, which was a follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'''s finale. And then, even the completely standalone episodes would still have brief moments suggesting continuity: the slow buildup of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST between John Stewart and Hawkgirl, and the very subtle bits of foreshadowing pointing towards the season two GrandFinale. Then ''Justice League Unlimited'' went all-out and used overarching plots that took half the season to resolve--CADMUS in the first two seasons, then the Secret Society in season three. It's generally agreed that the growth in continuity was concurrent with [[GrowingTheBeard an upswing in quality]]. In their defense, they on purpose chose to wait until near the end of that line of show's run to get that heavy. No doubt knowing they would lose the portion of the audience due to ContinuityLockout and BrokenBase of why people like super heroes. The last season aims to smooth this with what is essentially a much larger ''Challenge of the WesternAnimation/SuperFriends.'' But here we see their problems, with certain characters off limits and a whole slew of good and bad guys never actually named on screen, which while amazing nerd candy, isn't really going to inspire many new fans if that's all they had to go on. At least not to the extent the old ''Super Friends'' cartoon that really helped bring some of the rouges galleries of the other heroes much more brand value.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' initially had two- and three-part episodes which didn't really affect each other (except for the recurring villains). Then they started throwing in short arcs that built on the plot of previous Franchise/{{DCAU}} series, such as the season two premiere, which was a follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'''s finale. And then, even the completely standalone episodes would still have brief moments suggesting continuity: the slow buildup of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST between John Stewart and Hawkgirl, and the very subtle bits of foreshadowing pointing towards the season two GrandFinale. Then ''Justice League Unlimited'' went all-out and used overarching plots that took half the season to resolve--CADMUS in the first two seasons, then the Secret Society in season three. It's generally agreed that the growth in continuity was concurrent with [[GrowingTheBeard an upswing in quality]]. In their defense, they on purpose chose to wait until near the end of that line of show's run to get that heavy. No doubt knowing they would lose the portion of the audience due to ContinuityLockout and BrokenBase of why people like super heroes. The last season aims to smooth this with what is essentially a much larger ''Challenge of the WesternAnimation/SuperFriends.'' But here we see their problems, with certain characters off limits and a whole slew of good and bad guys never actually named on screen, which while amazing nerd candy, isn't really going to inspire many new fans if that's all they had to go on. At least not to the extent the old ''Super Friends'' cartoon that really helped bring some of the rouges galleries of the other heroes much more brand value.
10th Feb '16 2:42:09 AM MisterCPC
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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' started out as a series of text reviews looking at bad comics before transitioning to a standard video review show. Eventually it started gaining storyarcs that occurred in conjunction with the reviews, Linkara started receiving a regular supporting cast, and some events from the storyarcs even ended up affecting the reviews.
25th Nov '15 8:31:06 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as a series of isolated stories set in various AdventureTowns in time and space (although the characters did evolve throughout the season). However, the second season saw its first major reference to the past in the form of the return of the Daleks, after they had all died, with the HandWave explanation that this adventure took place ''before'' their destruction. This and future seasons saw an increasing number of recurring elements and characters. It wasn't until the seventies that the narratives started to become definitely interconnected, and in the eighties this turned into ContinuityLockOut and ContinuityPorn. The new series, while still containing series and multi-series long arcs (with a few stand-alones) has dialed back on the ContinuityLockOut, if not completely.
** That is until Creator/StevenMoffat took over New Who in season 5. Since then, all of the seasons have been connected by a long over-arching story about the identity of The Doctor and new orders and secret organizations seeing him as a threat.
** The Spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a much straighter example, starting off with MonsterOfTheWeek style for 2 seasons. Season 4 is the longest single story in the entire Whovian universe. Think about that.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' began as a series of isolated stories set in various AdventureTowns in time and space (although the characters did evolve throughout the season). However, the second season saw its first major reference to the past in the form of the return of the Daleks, after they had all died, with the HandWave explanation that this adventure took place ''before'' their destruction. This and future seasons saw an increasing number of recurring elements and characters. It wasn't until the seventies that the narratives started to become definitely interconnected, and in the eighties this turned into ContinuityLockOut and ContinuityPorn. The new series, while still containing series and multi-series long arcs (with a few stand-alones) has dialed back on the ContinuityLockOut, if not completely.
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completely. That is until Creator/StevenMoffat took over New Who in season 5. Since then, all of the seasons have been connected by a long over-arching story about the identity of The Doctor and new orders and secret organizations seeing him as a threat.
** The Spinoff * ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a much straighter example, starting started off with MonsterOfTheWeek style for 2 seasons. Season 4 is the longest single story in the entire Whovian universe. Think about that.
18th Nov '15 1:16:46 PM Doug86
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* Creator/BrianAzzarello's ComicBook/''OneHundredBullets'' starts off as a fairly straightforward VictimOfTheWeek series about a shady government agent named Agent Graves, who offers wronged people a chance at taking consequence-free revenge with a handgun and 100 untraceable rounds of ammunition. Initially, Azzarello just uses unrelated standalone stories to examine the moral dilemmas inherent in the concept of revenge, with Graves as the only reappearing character. As the series goes on, though, some of the previous [[VictimOfTheWeek Victims of the Week]] return to become recurring characters, and a sprawling MythArc gradually becomes apparent as the characters figure out their connections to one another and work to uncover Agent Graves' motivations for seeking them out.

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* Creator/BrianAzzarello's ComicBook/''OneHundredBullets'' ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' starts off as a fairly straightforward VictimOfTheWeek series about a shady government agent named Agent Graves, who offers wronged people a chance at taking consequence-free revenge with a handgun and 100 untraceable rounds of ammunition. Initially, Azzarello just uses unrelated standalone stories to examine the moral dilemmas inherent in the concept of revenge, with Graves as the only reappearing character. As the series goes on, though, some of the previous [[VictimOfTheWeek Victims of the Week]] return to become recurring characters, and a sprawling MythArc gradually becomes apparent as the characters figure out their connections to one another and work to uncover Agent Graves' motivations for seeking them out.
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