Yes, POI is rather slow-moving compared to Fringe or the average serialized JJ Abrams show, that's true.
I posted in the Sleepy Hollow topic about that show's early renewal for a second, 13-episode season. The newsworthy implication of SH's renewal is that Fox has now definitively moved toward the cable-style 13-episode season, which they tentatively explored with The Following (15 episodes). I have always been, and still am a fan of the 22-episode season for shows; I think they allow for more elegant, deeper storytelling in the hands of good writers (folks, nothing is "filler" - it's only bad storytelling). But maybe this is becoming a lost art. In any case, if 13-episode seasons keep decent shows from dying too soon, I support that.
And 22-episode seasons are going the way of the dodo, I'm afraid. (I still remember when a standard season was 26 episodes, and I think they used to be even longer than that.) Which means that we very likely will never again see a show like Fringe which reaches 100 episodes and manages to keep a stable cast and (more or less) same showrunner for all 100 episodes. Because usually by year five, six, or seven, the cast starts shuffling and the showrunners come and go. To reach 100 episodes, a 13-epi show has to stay on the air twice as long.
More episodes don't necessarily mean more quality, and Netflix deals will mean much more than syndication, of course, so 100 eps won't be needed any more. But it's interesting how Fringe existed on the cusp of all these changes to broadcast TV. In some ways it was a leading indicator (all the social media stuff, and embrace of new metrics), in other ways, a trailing indicator (22 episode seasons going away, traditional syndication not mattering so much any more).
PS- As soon as I get some free time, I'm totally going to take the suggestion to watch Farscape!
PPS- Anyone who misses Ari, needs to get down with Sleepy Hollow, because he's doing some awesome work for them and I suspect he will be doing more for SH than he will for Almost Human. It's odd because before this season started, I would have pegged Almost Human as the obvious potential hit for Fox, and had no interest in SH, but now I'm sort of like, "OK, Wyman - you've got a tough act to follow."
Edited by jipijapa, Oct 5, 2013 @ 7:09 AM.