My friends and I have been recording The Event and waiting to see how it pans out before we get involved. We don't want to be left hanging if it gets cancelled, and we don't want to be strung along if it turns out to be like Lost. (You know, ask seven questions before you half-answer one. Stop teasing me and tell me the damn story!)
(Personally, I think the flashbacks are driving people away. I've heard numerous people complain about them.)
I think Lost has turned me off flashbacks forever. I stopped watching Fringe because I hate being flashed all over the place. Unless flashbacks (or forwards or sideways) are used judiciously, all they do is break up the story by bouncing the viewer around.
Anyway, reading the ratings and comments here doesn't really inspire me to invest in the show. The previews were intriguing, and we were hoping it would be the new 24.
I'm only saying "I think people are sort of lukewarm on it, so they're hedging their bets to see if it gets renewed or listening to other people's opinions, and the ratings aren't catching these hedge-betters."
Yep, that certainly sums up my position. The point you were making about serials being problematic, dives
, is certainly spot-on from my POV. I think the networks have only themselves to blame because they keep burning their viewers by cancelling series without letting them wrap up the story or letting the writers run amok with no real plan to wrap up the story. They have a name for it at TVTropes: Chris Carter Effect
. Apparently, the fans of the X-Files analyzed every clue for years trying to figure out the Big Plot. And then when the X-Files was finally cancelled leaving many of the threads they had been diligently following flapping in the wind, Carter admitted there was no Big Plot, he was just making it up as he went along and all those "clues" didn't actually mean anything. And the fear the show won't survive long enough for the story to be told is called the Firefly Effect
. So viewers are justifiably wary.
So, I don't know. I guess we'll keep taping it for a while longer and see what happens. At least we know they have a full season pick-up, but that might only mean we have a whole season to become involved in the show before they burn us.
Edited by Katiki, Oct 21, 2010 @ 12:37 AM.