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Old 11-07-2009, 10:45 AM
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There's something to be said for visiting a new planet every week and exploring the stories that come out of that planet. Thing is it requires good writing to keep it alive and independent, stand-alone episodes are much more difficult to write than simply continuing the story arc so to speak. But my bet is, it will be more serialized if we see a new trek show anytime soon because that is the fashion in tv right now. Everything is serialized.
Very true, can't think of a sci-fi show out now that isn't serialised. I'd like to see best of both worlds, a good over arcing story, maybe not the main story of every episode but nicely ticking along over a series helping to develop characters and an exciting story to keep the viewers hooked, but then where the writings good throw in a few stand alone episodes of something original and fresh, something trek has been good at in the past.
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I expect it will have a blend of both - probably stand-alone with some mild linkages and then 6 or so episodes dealing with a 'larger' story or plot aspect.

That can work to keep long term viewers and also keep those who are more casual engaged with the show.

It does also depend on what the 'hook' is in terms of any overall story. For example a lot of people (myself being one of them) were thoroughly turned off ENT because the Temporal Cold War just was very unsatisfactory, whereas the Dominion War arc worked much better on DS9.

So, what your BIG story is matters very much.

Another thing they could do is increase the serialised aspect as the show develops. I.e keep the first season more stand alone with one or two big shows then gradually up that a bit to mix and match your styles.
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Wasn't episodic TV not primarily motivated by commercial aspects ?
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I'm not really sure how advertisements and making money played into TV series development.
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I'm not really sure how advertisements and making money played into TV series development.
I didn't mean advertising. I mean things like foreign markets.
The German TV at first bought only a few epsodes of TOS to see how it worked. If they were forced to buy a whole season they probably would never done it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:10 AM
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I see.

Which I thus know even less about - all I would surmise is since the US is where most studios need their US TV shows to work (unless co-productions between different countries coms into play) then I don't think what sells to foreign markets would automatically dictate the course of a US show.

US markets would, I imagine.
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