I’m a sucker for time travel stories and last season three new ones cropped up, Travelers, Timeless and Making History. Making History was a joke and not a funny one, either, so it was no surprise when it was cancelled. In fact, I’m relieved. It gave time travel stories a bad name, in my opinion. Timeless fit a certain breed of militaristic high-action drama and was (or should have been) cancelled. I can only assume backroom politics reversed the cancelation order. Of the three, Travelers was by far the best. Continue reading “Travelers: A New Twist on an Old Premise”
Today’s post is an examination of two approaches to TV writing, the way all TV episodes used to be written and a trend that began sometime after the birth of the mini-series. And what’s fascinating is that the longest-running TV series in history adheres to the old school method. Continue reading “Building Blocks of Television – Rewind or Serialize”
(Continuing from yesterday…)
This archetype also comes in two varieties, the Chaser and the Quarry. He can be male or female and it’s not big thing to figure out which one he is. At his best, he pursues romance and at his worst, sexual conquest.
Sexual Players almost always come in matched pairs, a Chaser matched with a Quarry, although the Quarry may be the Chaser in a second Sexual Player duet. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part III)”
(continuing from yesterday…)
As with the Sage, the Outsider comes in two varieties, the Cool One and the Enigma. One could argue that the Fool is also an outsider, with one foot in the Outsider camp while the other is planted firmly on Informer soil. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part II)”
Any show worth its salt will give you a variety of characters fulfilling a variety of roles, but it goes beyond the personality styles we discussed earlier in this series. I’m talking about archetypes. We’ve come to expect them, even if only subconsciously.
Keep in mind as you read that in smaller casts these archetypes are combined. But we’ll talk more about that as we go along and again near the end. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part I)”
There are three factors involved in casting a role for a TV series:
- Personality, and
- star appeal.
Note: Everything you read in this series from here on may ruin TV for you forever. Once you know how a TV show works, you may start to see the underpinnings, spot the glaring errors, and see when an episode veers off course. You may end up throwing popcorn at the screen instead of sitting back to enjoy the show.
You’ve been warned. Continue reading “Building Blocks – Plot & Story”
Major effort went into first episodes this season, but now the coasting has begun. From comedies to dramas, from Hollywood to Pinewood, most every show runner in the English-speaking world put their best feet forward, then fell flat on their faces… except Seth MacFarlane of The Orville. He didn’t get to best effort until episode four, but like everyone else, he then fumbled, stumbled and fell. Continue reading “Who Dropped the Waffle?”
By now, most people know the premise behind this show that just won’t die. A hapless ne’er-do-well is three million years from Earth in deep space with no one for company except a hologram of his dead bunkmate, a creature descended from the ship’s cat and a neurotic droid. Continue reading “Red Dwarf:
Boys Codgers from the Dwarf”
An aspiring doctor starts as a hospital porter (orderly in North American parlance) determined to work his way up to the lofty heights of doctor-hood.
This is a pretty slim premise and I admit, I didn’t tune in because of it. No, I wanted to see how Rutger Hauer fit into a British TV series. Continue reading “Porters: Life in the Hospital Underbelly”