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Giving up on a show after just the pilot episode

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by betts4, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Oct 9, 2013 #101 of 113
    mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Breaking Bad takes a while to grow on you, then it won't let go. The first season was a bit slow and it picks up a bit with season 2. Season 3 is where things really start to steam roll and it only gets better from there. You really need to watch the first two seasons to understand the overall storyline.

    Stick with it. You won't regret it.
     
  2. Oct 9, 2013 #102 of 113
    Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

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    Hostages come from Jerry Bruckheimer and is a short run series so CBS is more likely going to have it swap places with Hawaii 5-0 than cancel it, but we'll see.
    CBS really seems to be struggling (for them) on Mondays now. The two new comedies aren't doing well and 2 Broke Girls has had a big ratings drop. I think they'll try to shake some things up there before too long.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2013 #103 of 113
    sushikitten

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    I record every pilot just so I don't miss anything I might have wanted to see. But I have so many KNOWN good shoes I want to watch (Breaking Bad, Veronica Mars, etc.) that if it doesn't REALLY grab me, it's done. I don't think I've set one SP yet this year.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2013 #104 of 113
    laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    I set season passes for everything, and then just delete them as I drop things. :)

    So far The Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the only new shows to make it into "continue watching" territory. I guess The Originals will probably be there too, even though I haven't watched it yet... but it's a spinoff of a show I enjoy, so I'll keep watching it.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2013 #105 of 113
    bsnelson

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    At the risk of offending some folks (and it's really not my intent): I wonder of some of the Breaking Bad "slow starting" is from those that lean more towards the "instant satisfaction" and generally expect the pace of things to be more frenetic. Myself, I love the long, slow scenes in BB; it's a time to reflect upon what's happened in the episode so far, to just let things digest. I don't have to have constant action and dialogue.

    It took me about 5 minutes of the first episode to get hooked, and I loved almost every episode (though I'll admit that it took me a second viewing of "Fly" to fully appreciate it). I watched the first two episodes of Homeland last night and am already firmly hooked, and I've heard some say that it took them a while to get into it. Of course, for us guys (and some gals), having
    Morena Baccarin naked from the waist up and having sex
    in the first episode didn't hurt. :)

    Brad
     
  6. Oct 9, 2013 #106 of 113
    Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

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    Or, you can do like I did -- watch 2 or 3 episodes in Season 3, get hooked and then go back and watch the first 2 seasons. :)

    I wonder how many viewers did that also.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2013 #107 of 113
    Azlen

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    I was hooked on Breaking Bad from the start as well. Didn't find it slow at all.
    Homeland for me was the exact opposite of what you heard from others. It was great early on but lost a lot going from season 1 to 2. They had one great story (is he or isn't he) and nothing nearly as good to follow it up with.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2013 #108 of 113
    mattack

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    So far, I know I've dropped the Goldbergs & Mom this year... Though somehow I ended up watching Goldbergs eps 1 then 3.. Still have 2 on my TivoHD, and will still watch it. There seem to be more good new dramas this year -- hostages, the James Spader one... and more I can't think of at the moment.
     
  9. Oct 9, 2013 #109 of 113
    gweempose

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    No it didn't. :D
     
  10. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I don't think that's it for me. I watch Mad Men, where nothing really ever happens that gratifies me, but I still enjoy it. Same with Sorkin shows like The Newsroom. And I enjoyed the Sopranos episodes where nobody got whacked :)

    For me, very often subject matter trumps "great writing". The show could be written so eloquently that Shakespeare himself would rise from the grave an applaud, but if the subject matter doesn't grab me, I'm out. Downton Abbey is another example. Supposedly it's very well written and done, but watching a show about an upper crust English family for hours on end would make me want to poke my eyes out.
     
  11. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Homeland is a series I'll circle back to eventually. I don't have Showtime, so I'll have to find it during my slow periods somewhere and watch. It's definitely the kind of thing I am interested in.
     
  12. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    I don't think that I expect shows to have a frenetic pace. I enjoy the shows that Steveknj mentioned... Mad Men, The Newsroom, Downton Abbey... and obviously I enjoyed Breaking Bad enough to keep watching it.

    The thing is, I was expecting more to happen in Breaking Bad because of all the comments about the more recent seasons. I assumed it was that kind of show all along and it really wasn't right at the start. There was a looooong build up to the last 2 eps of Season 1. I wonder if some of that had to do with the writer's strike.
     
  13. gweempose

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    I never found Breaking Bad to be slow. I suppose in retrospect the first season was slow compared to later seasons, but this never dawned on me at the time.
     

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