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Yeah, i agree. Series tend to pad out stuff and drag on for too long.

But game of thrones has been the exception because it had alot of material and follows it, the books and isn't padding. Things just happen, wich is why we have so few episodes a season.

 

I wish series were all more focused like that.

 

I guess Westworld and the new Star trek discovery have great pacing aswell. Let's hope they don't start padding them out with following seasons though.



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OdinHades said:

In the last few years, there was a lot of hype all around TV series or Netflix series. All the time people would recommend me some show that I just had to watch. But I always was more of a movie-person. And I will tell you why. There was this series I was interested in called Black Sails. I love Pirates in general, I love Pirates of the Caribbean, so I decided to finally watch it. And while I like the setting and all it's just so damn boring. Seriously, all they do is talk talk and talk. There are episodes where literally nothing happens at all. All the characters just talk about what they want to do or what they have done in the past or this and that. Just yesterday I watched 4 episodes of season 2 and almost nothing happened! 

I experienced that in a lot of other series too. They always feel so damn stretched. Seriously, you could fit the story of a lot of TV series in just one movie if you cut out all the useless talk. I have the same feeling with Black Sails. I really like the idea of a prequel to Treasure Island, but you could just do that in one movie instead of a series with 4 fucking seasons! 

Of course there are some exceptions from this like Breaking Bad. I sure loved that show, but almost no other series is on that level. In most cases there is just too much talking and too little action. I mean, who has the time to watch all that meaningless crap? If you want to tell a story, do it within a movie. 2 hours is more than enough to tell just about any story you want to. The only TV series I really enjoy are those where every episode is enjoyable themselves. Like Family Guy, South Park or How I met your Mother. I love those shows, but I can just watch any episode without knowing anything about past episodes and have fun with it.

Yeah, so long story short: Movies > TV series. Now please someone tell me that Black Sails gets better with Season 3. xP

Thats why i dont like Game of Thrones. I have waited 3 seasons that she can cross the ocean. I just never tuned in again. Because she didnt. 

Homeland is the only series i am watching.



I feel like you would enjoy Into the Badlands. A criminally underrated show with some the best fights you will ever see. Daredevil, particularly season 2, is pretty fast paced too.



Complains about too much talking and not enough action.... likes Breaking Bad? Seriously? That was one of the dullest and most drawn out shows I've ever seen!



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OdinHades said:

In the last few years, there was a lot of hype all around TV series or Netflix series. All the time people would recommend me some show that I just had to watch. But I always was more of a movie-person. And I will tell you why. There was this series I was interested in called Black Sails. I love Pirates in general, I love Pirates of the Caribbean, so I decided to finally watch it. And while I like the setting and all it's just so damn boring. Seriously, all they do is talk talk and talk. There are episodes where literally nothing happens at all. All the characters just talk about what they want to do or what they have done in the past or this and that. Just yesterday I watched 4 episodes of season 2 and almost nothing happened! 

I experienced that in a lot of other series too. They always feel so damn stretched. Seriously, you could fit the story of a lot of TV series in just one movie if you cut out all the useless talk. I have the same feeling with Black Sails. I really like the idea of a prequel to Treasure Island, but you could just do that in one movie instead of a series with 4 fucking seasons! 

Of course there are some exceptions from this like Breaking Bad. I sure loved that show, but almost no other series is on that level. In most cases there is just too much talking and too little action. I mean, who has the time to watch all that meaningless crap? If you want to tell a story, do it within a movie. 2 hours is more than enough to tell just about any story you want to. The only TV series I really enjoy are those where every episode is enjoyable themselves. Like Family Guy, South Park or How I met your Mother. I love those shows, but I can just watch any episode without knowing anything about past episodes and have fun with it.

Yeah, so long story short: Movies > TV series. Now please someone tell me that Black Sails gets better with Season 3. xP

I agree with this sentiment. Movies are far better suited to tell a story in a far more complete and compact way. EVen good series tend to go down on the path you mentioned as soon as the first experimental season is over. If they get any viewership, the milking can start. I still remember how excited I was after finishing the first season of The Walking Dead, for my interest to start drpping after every season ever since. What a shame... I guess Im going back to Romero



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Ka-pi96 said:
Complains about too much talking and not enough action.... likes Breaking Bad? Seriously? That was one of the dullest and most drawn out shows I've ever seen!

Yeah, I never got the hype either. There are some that are genuinly taught-provoking (I was pleasently surprised recently by The Leftovers) but I could never get myself watch more than 3 seasons of Breaking Bad.



Try Black Mirror. It's basically a bunch of standalone episodes that are like short movies.



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I don’t mind dialogue-driven shows, but if you’re not attached to the characters or story then I could see why it would be hard to enjoy it.

I’d say a bigger issue I have with long-running TV shows is how contrived it feels when a casting issue comes up. I loved the first few seasons of House M.D, but it was annoying seeing the show trying to accommodate this all the time. Cutner’s actor has a new job? Random suicide. Cameron’s actress wants off? Random divorce. Cuddy’s actress wants more money? Replace her with another character. While I get the writers are doing the best they can with these situations, in the end it feels less like a cohesive narrative, and it hurts the final product. As a viewer, I shouldn’t have to be aware of issues out-universe to make sense of these sudden changes.

I agree that Breaking Bad was fantastic though. Better Call Saul is also great, though for different reasons.



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Yeah I always prefer a movie like one from Quentin Tarantino or Wong Kar-wai. Western shows are all essentially the same in their own way, while Japanese anime are all the same in a different way. I tend to prefer the Japanese style though.



Well, I shifted from western shows (Ex: Supernatural) to Japanese anime. My sister tries to recommend me some shows on Netflix but then I'm just meh about it.



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