^ This. Lost
fell prey to Continuity Lockout
. By the 3/4 point of its run (personally, I'd say earlier than that — at the midpoint at the latest) it had gotten so convoluted and confusing that someone trying to get into it had pretty much no choice but to Episode Binge
in the hopes of figuring out who was who, what was what, and what was happening and why. Watching 120+ episodes of an hour-long show (even if that means that sans
commercials it's only about 40 minutes per episode) is 80+ hours. That's a lot of time.
continuity-heavy works over works with no continuity.
But this is making it a binary situation: no continuity at all or continuity-heavy. That's simply not the case. There's a huge range in between there to play with: The West Wing
had a mid-range of continuity. Supernatural
is fairly continuity-heavy, but isn't locked-out. Carnivŕle
got more and more continuity-heavy as it progressed, and fell into Lockout by the end. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
was continuity-light. Home Improvement
had virtually no continuity. Neither did Friday the 13th: The Series
. The X-Files
was all over the charts, depending on which season it was, and whether it was one of the myth-arc episodes or one of the Monster of the Week
edited 6th Oct '12 4:41:50 PM by Madrugada
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