In the past year and a half, I have never watched more TV series in such a short space of time in my life before… And, I’m not even a TV-loving person.
My next confession: I didn’t even watch that many TV series… BUT (yes – I do have a point to make here), I couldn’t help but notice the gaping difference between the story lines of older tv series as compared to the newer and most recent ones.
My mind’s been conditioned to following a story line that is sophisticated, tying up every loose end, and I wasn’t even aware of it. I’d say it’s because most, if not all, current TV series’ plots are so well thought-out and addresses each issue in an attempt to imitate life as we know it. I think our expectations have subconsciously escalated. We’ve become so blind to this evolutionary process that we can only appreciate it once we step back and take a look at it right from the beginning.
When I started watching Charmed and Smallville from the pilot episode, as much as I loved both series, I was often left disappointed because of some loose ends; things that mysteriously (excuse the pun) got solved on their own by the following episode. I’ve started watching the famous Friends again this month (whose pilot is much older than Charmed and Smallville) and find a large number of loose ends floating everywhere, resurfacing every so often if you pay close enough attention.
Interestingly enough, these irregularities haven’t stopped me from watching the series, or made me any less interested in following through with them. If anything, it sort of added a sense of lightheartedness to the story line; making the journey less stressful for the viewer.
The one positive aspect about older plots, perhaps not a positive side for every body, is that these plot holes and loose ends are a sharp reminder of what is real and what isn’t: we’re watching television; we’re watching something that is not real.
This begs the question: should television imitate real life?
It has started already; with flawless plots and the opportunity to closely follow each character, with a voyeuristic view, through the series of events that make up their life.
And just because it started already, it doesn’t mean it’s for the better. What do you think?