I can't say I've come across the term "seventh episode twist". Even if it is less popular, I think Mid Season Wham Episode puts it better. That said, I'm not familiar with that many works that go beyond eight episodes a series. If "seventh episode twist" is a common term and it's widely used around that point in a series, fine.
I think the more preferable option is to give us the most leeway with examples. In a genuine, practical sense all that matters is that it is a twist that occurs somewhere centralized in the season and not in the beginning or the end. I think generally speaking that means somewhere in the middle 50% (ie in a 20 episode season it is somewhere between episode 5 and 15, a 26 episode season would be 6 and 19) but even that is loosely defined. It all depends on where it feels like we've gotten past the intro and not in the climax.
for Mid Season Wham Yes, but 7th Episode isn't the middle 50 percent, its the end of act one, transition from exposition into rising action point that lines up with important ratings periods for the networks. roughly between 25-33 percent
Mid Season is for like the 13th episode that leads into the midseason hiatus around december before shows come back in like february to finish off the season. two distinct points on a seasons lifecycle. Typically called Mid Season Finale see The Other Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season_finale
besides episode 7 is usually important whether a series has 12, 13, 20, 24, 26, or 30 episodes. again refer to the examples section
the two could be stand alone tropes but as it stands now Mid Season is a blatant and lesser used direct copy of 7th Episode. I'd either say cut it or rework it into a different plot point or a more generalized Super Trope
i just dont understand what the new trope would be if they were merged under a new name, considering that Mid Season Wham Episode as it stands now is literally a duplicate of the more developed 7th Episode Twist
^^ There has been a suggestion for simply "Midseason Twist" as a title, but since it would involve a rename (not simply a merge and redirect) it is technically a separate option. Me I would have included the suggestion as part of the crowner option's text, but that's apparently not crowner kosher.
also hey, i guess the option was already lost in the previous crowner but 7th Episode Twist is still thriving, and doesn't have a Trope Repair Shop link on top of it so a lot of the people still adding examples (that do land on episode 7 specifically) and updating it probably don't even know this debate/decision is being made.
Can we change tropes that have nothing wrong with them because of a duplicate trope that was kind of iffy?
The status of 7th Episode Twist was discussed earlier. Personally, I think that there is a reason a work has a twist in the episode 7 if it's the first, last, or only twist in the whole season and if the show is full of twists, it's really People Sit on Chairs.
Alternative Titles: Mid Season Wham Episode
24th Jun '13 8:59:05 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.