Renée (rogueslayer452) wrote,

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Television Meme, Part 7

This is the last part of the meme.

What do you think is a good amount of seasons for a TV show?
I truly believe that five seasons is where most shows should stop at, with probably a few exceptions of course. But in truth, I'll never understand why some believe the longer a show goes on the more successful it is, like this isn't a competition to see how long a show goes on for. Exceeding in quantity doesn't always result to the increase in quality. There are unfortunately so many examples of this, especially with shows that started out good but then declined in quality the longer it went on. Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. This is where I wish more creators/showrunners would know the story they want to tell, plan ahead for that in terms of where that beginning, middle, and end would be, but also plan their seasons to also have a beginning/middle/end as well in case the show gets abruptly cancelled before they get to finish the story. That way the show can still be satisfactory even if there was more planned for it.

Do you own any TV shows on DVD?
Of course. I'm someone who loves having physical copies of the media I consume. It's really disheartening when I see shows that will never be released onto DVD, even newer shows, either because it got cancelled too soon, they think that there won't be enough people to buy the DVDs so they don't even bother trying, or because they think digital is the only way to go, when that's not the case. I want my physical copy, please. Digital releases and DVDs can coexist, believe me.

Do you prefer to watch TV alone or with friends?
ALONE. Don't get me wrong, I will watch a show with other people, but if there is a show that I'm still watching and am personally invested in, I want to be able to watch it alone without anyone commenting on something that happens on the screen. I want to be able to watch/binge-watch at my leisure. Sometimes, you just got to have those moments by yourself and the majority of the shows that I watch I want to be able to absorb that information by myself without any interference.

Are there any shows you love but your friends aren’t interested in?
Oh, I'm sure there's plenty. Not everyone is going to be on the same wavelength when it comes to interests in shows. Some of the things I like others won't and vice versa.

Are there any shows your friends love but you aren’t interested in?
Same answer as above. Although for a specific answer, The Umbrella Academy. I think I've seen every gif in existence of that show at this point and based from that it just doesn't really interest or appeal to me, personally speaking. Also at the moment since it just premiered, Good Omens. I loved the book, but I don't like the casting and I'm just not really interested in watching it, tbh.

What’s one TV cliche you despise?
When it comes to cliches I despise in television, there are quite a number of them. So I'm going to list at least a few ones that bother me.

→ One of them that really irks me are shoehorned romances. You know, the kind of where obviously the characters have no chemistry or have any actual time to connect or naturally develop but the show has decided that they must shove them together in a romantic relationship and there is just....nothing there. Usually this is mostly heterosexual relationships, but this also happens with LGBT couples too because sometimes writers can't understand that just because a character is gay doesn't mean that they have to get with the only other gay character featured in the show. It's an ongoing issue though when it comes to proper representation in general, but it's still annoying nonetheless. I, of course, despise things like love triangles and most WTWT situations as I mentioned before, but there is something about forced romances that is tedious to watch unfold, because of oftentimes follows the "love at first sight" cliche that isn't really done well, and I hate that. You can have characters who are attracted to each other at first sight, but you have to build from it, not just shove them together in contrived cliched ways and hope that that's good enough.

→ Another one is misunderstandings and lacking communication. It truly grinds my gears whenever you have a situation that could easily be solved if the characters actually talked to each other. It seems like this is done to create ~drama and conflict, which is only understandable in certain instances in a story (ex: having a specific reason of keeping a secret or lying to someone) but at least with those there's usually consequences for such actions that make sense in the narrative. Otherwise, it's often not utilized well and just continues to be overused.

→ Cliffhangers that are so overdramatic when really whatever is happening gets resolved within, like, the first few minutes into the next season premiere. I know it's a tactic used to get audiences tuned in for the ratings for both the finale and season premiere, but it's a cliche I wish would just stop. First, there is that annoyance when a show gets cancelled and it ended with a very dramatic cliffhanger that now will never get resolved, so it leaves audiences unsatisfied. Secondly, season finales don't always have to end on a dire cliffhanger. It can just be a simple tease to get people intrigued with what is to happen next, that's it.

→ And finally, "subverting expectations" for shock value. Basically, doing anything for shock value is a tired cliche and should just stop entirely, not just with television but in writing overall.

What’s one TV cliche you love?
The thing about having so many ones that I dislike is trying to think of ones that I actually really like. So while I'm sure there's definitely plenty cliches I do enjoy, here are at least two that I can think of at the moment:

→ When you have characters who are in their own separate storyline arcs and are clearly part of the main plot, but they only have one piece of the puzzle. So it's obvious that all these character's paths have to converge in order for them to put those pieces together, and have them work together to solve it. When done right, it can make for something beautiful, especially since you've been waiting for these characters to either cross paths eventually and to actually reveal the things that they kept secret for so long once realizing they're not alone. It's one of the reasons why the first season of Stranger Things worked so well for me, because it did exactly that.

→ This one falls in line with the "found family" trope, but when characters who don't get along in the beginning but slowly learn to build trust and respect each other over time and maintain it. Usually this can happen either with a specific episode where something happens that changes their outlook on the other, or just seeing them interacting more which gradual growing on each other. It gets me every single time, there's just something about having characters who constantly butt heads but through shared circumstances have a chance to actually bond and strengthen their loyalty to each other, and where they would fight and defend the other when before seemed impossible. This kind of character growth and companionship is what I love so much, no matter whether it's within an ensemble team or just two characters.

And now I'm finally done! This was an incredibly long meme, and I wanted to take my time doing it. I left some questions out that I felt I couldn't really answer, but for the most part I finished all of it. It took quite a while, but I'm glad I did because it was fun answering these. For anyone who missed the other days, you can go through the tag and see the rest of my answers.
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