Why We Drop Things : Slow-ass Plot Developments

A question with many answers.

Slow developments. Not all, and by that we mean a great number of stories, aren’t able to fully capture and retain the audience’s interest in the very first episodes. They take their time to develop and sometimes they take a lot of more time to develop and transform themselves into the fantastic story they were meant to. The good thing about them is that they turn out amazing when they do and they make feel good about sticking with them. The bad thing are those other times when it doesn’t pay off to follow them but it’s too late to drop them by then. The thing they all have in common is that they all involve a decent amount of episodes to go through in order to get your answer.

more than one will be doing this while waiting for something to take off

Slow developments can (slowly) suck dry the audience’s interest in a story. It’s similar to reading a big book which you’ve been promised that the story will (eventually) enter its most interesting chapters yet after reading half the book there is nothing indicating that to be true. As a result, unless the reader has full intention of finishing the book, bet that because he wants to know how the story ends or the reason why the book so popular for anyway – the reader will lose interest. Readers will lose interested because they aren’t interested in the story and they realize the story might not do anything to change their minds.

Was Casshern’s Sins a bad show, enough to drop it? No. Did I drop it back then? Yes, I did roughly two years ago because it moved too slowly in which some episodes were surprisingly engaging while others were stagnant and repetitive. The thing was that Casshern’s Sins was that … it was never a bad show enough drop. Poor quality was not the real reason. I never considered it a bad show, however it was dropped a bit before halfway because but it was difficult to see me getting back into it. The dramatic themes every week on top of a story moving slowly which posed difficult to digest experience. The sloth speed developments dragging down the show and so driving viewers away in the process. Lacking the necessary time to enjoyed it killed it.

Series that move too slowly suffer from serious pacing being more common in 26 episodes series than in shorter series because of the difference in the number of episodes. In my opinion, the worst thing a show with slow plot development can do is not show anything that would tell the audience that something is going to happen in the first place. Give us something. The best thing they can do is show they are getting close to the good parts because it is really just a matter of time. Why is this important? In the first case the audience has no idea of knowing how the show will turn out. In the second case the audience realizes the story is moving slowly, however, the progress is apparent and more importantly that something will happen, actual developments will happen. It will get interesting but it will take time.

The more I think about it, the more I think that certain shows are meant to be viewed when the audience ha some time to spare. Not all shows are meant to be viewed at any time of the day and in any circumstances like we’re watching sitcoms. Let’s not jump to assumptions that the audience has so little attention span they can’t handle a couple of slow episodes. It’s not always the show’s fault for having pacing problems. The busier they are, the more they more they want a story to take off. Many would rather watch something quick and easy to digest. You’re less likely to stick with a show that moves slowly than one that goes straight to the point in many cases.

What it comes down is in this case it’s time and having time is the best way to counter it. Not feeling pressed by time facilitates following a story that develops slowly in many ways. Don’t expect such series to become instant favorite or keep you at the edge of your seat each episode but knowing they will get where they should does the job. Worst case scenario the story never takes off. Best case scenario the story eventually takes off – rewards are plenty

Notes

  • Casshern’s Sins got really bizarre toward the end.
  • Completely glad and completely worth it to have finished it.
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