I'm just kinda burned out on epic myth arcs that involve saving the world/universe.
@Anke I feel you on this!!! I don't know any, the ones I try all go Big Story Arc by season 2.
Maybe Stargate Universe?
@InspectorCaracal I do have Stargate on my "maybe watch someday" list...
@Anke Stargate itself is on my to-watch list and it's tonally on par with TNG, I think.
I've seen SGU and it's... darker. Tonally and visually. >.> If you haven't seen Stargate, go for it before SGU, definitely
granted i haven't seen sg-1 in *years*, but there is a myth arc.
it only comes into play now and then (mostly season finales), and iirc they do a good job of summing up what happened, but there is at least one recurring villain in the first few seasons that's pretty important
and some meta-physical stuff that you gotta pay attention to
and the last 2 seasons are *definitely* more arc-based than episodic
it's a bit more episodic than buffy, more arc-y than trek, imo
@InspectorCaracal @katrani Continuity and repeating guest stars are cool, it's when nearly every episode centers on the same thing that I got enough of. Particularly when that something is defeating a Big Bad that is threatening the world/galaxy/universe.
(brought to you by season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery)
@Anke @katrani So one of the things J and I were talking about recently is how after the '90s there was this shift in television shows from the fun/episodic kind of stuff like TNG, Stargate, Xena: Warrior Princess, etc. to this serious-business Big Story Arc style and how we both miss the more episodic style
i laughed way too hard
another contributor is *probably* it being a given that more houses would have VHSes or DVD players as those came into vogue, and more people wanting to pick up box sets and the like
and then tivo and things like that
basically anything that encouraged rewatchability in a given order rather than syndication's potential hodge-podge
@Terrana @InspectorCaracal @katrani You know what's the worst? Series that don't know how long they will be going. So they have one arc per season. Particularly when each arc is about preventing the end of the world. Particularly since that usually involves trying to make the next apocalypse more threatening. *looks at Buffy and Supernatural*
B5 at least had ONE myth arc over 4-5 seasons. Likewise, it's one reason why I liked ATLA much better than Legend of Korra...
@katrani @Anke @InspectorCaracal Speaking for myself, I have a problem continuously upping the stakes in general. Yeah, you saved the world, well done. What's wrong with scaling things back a little bit and having the next arc be about someone in a funny hat misusing the World-Saving Device for personal profit at the cost of using it up before the next World-Threat shows up?
@Anke hmmm I only watched some of Warehouse 13, but I feel like it might fit? (I liked what I watched, I just… forgot that I was watching it)
@Anke (I also believe that season 1 of Torchwood and at least season 1 of Fringe were like that, but it's been way too long to be sure.)
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