: As a Long Runner
series continues with few or no resolved plot points, fans become impatient and stop following the series.
- Straight: Long Runner has been going on for several seasons, and features Alice and Bob chasing after a very specific Macguffin, but they are no closer to finding it than they were at the beginning of Episode One. Meanwhile, the audience is dropping off.
- Even the rudimentary Exposition at the beginning has yet to really happen!
- The Firefly Effect; the audience just doesn't even want to touch it.
- Downplayed: Fans grow tired of the filler episodes, so they end up skipping them in favor of the episodes that actually contribute to the Myth Arc.
- Inverted: Plot points are resolved quickly and promptly.
- Subverted: The Soap Wheel
- Double Subverted: Many plot points end up repeating themselves several times.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Lampshaded: "Will Alice and Bob ever find the Macguffin? Tune in next week to find out!"
- Invoked: Long Runner consists of a very complex Kudzu Plot.
- Exploited: A show with a similar premise courts the fans who've left by advertising "Over here we resolve our plot points!"
- Defied: The writer takes care to resolve plot points once and for all in a timely and compelling manner.
- Discussed: "So, have Alice and Bob found it yet? I kind of stopped watching."
- Conversed: "They've been chasing after the Macguffin for how long now?!"
- Played For Laughs: Failure Is the Only Option.
Haven't they found that thing yet?!