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May 17, 2017

Pace prestige television

"Just a bugaboo of mine:"

These "Prestige" TV show seem to think that a bore-you-to-tears pacing is a de facto marker of "quality writing and deep characterization," and most TV critics aren't hip enough to get the con. A lot of these shows' very slow pace suggests to me they are being written with a target audience of people "multitasking" on the computer as they half-watch in mind. I guess when you're mostly reading Instagram while the TV is on, you maybe don't notice that nothing has happened in the past three minutes. And I guess if you're one of the one-eye-on-tv-one-eye-on-twitter crowd, you need nothing to happen for long stretches, or else you'll be missing important stuff.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 17, 2017 08:28 AM