Just did a bit of reading up on where The Walking Dead went after stopping at the point Negan does his thing with the bat and the doods and have just finished the latest ‘The Expanse’ episode and I’ve come up against what I find to be the most frustrating part of TV series watching yet again: The slow-down.
It happened in TWD season 2, The Expanse season 2, about half way in to Star Trek: Discovery season 1, by season 3 of Dexter, towards the end of Breaking Bad season 2, mid season 2 of Silicon Valley…
What the hell is the deal? Is it budget? Writers block? Too many episodes to fulfill in a given season? Stagnation?
I really don’t get the slow down, especially with series based on existing books or lore where the pace just doesn’t match up with the mirrored archs in the books/lore - The Expanse has taken 3 series to cover a book and a bit, really slowing things down and drawing them out like it’s Harry Potter and they’re trying to stretch out the gravy train ride.
It seems to often be explained away as ‘character building’, and it could well be since I’m really, really touchy about how character development is done - The Expanse being a prime example of annoyance for me: I do not want to spend four pages reading about the backstory of a character mid way through an arch/story sequence. I want to learn about a character as part of the story I’m reading, not by reading paragraphs of exposition or mini-prologues spliced in to the main story.
Is it really just my impatience or my attention span or general dislike of most character building methods or is it something else that causes this seasonal slow down?
Does it bother anyone else how frequently great shows are slowed down by chaff episodes?