On Wed, 20 Oct 2021 16:20:34 -0000 (UTC), "Adam H. Kerman"
Post by Adam H. Kerman Post by shawn
The more limited seasons do seem to work well for the British shows.
At least there tends to be much less in the way of filler than we get
with the US based shows.
Not really. I'm watching the British series Baptiste, which has found it
necessary to continue plot points about his family from the first series
and the precursor series, which was broadcast two years and four months
earlier. It should have been completely stand alone. No viewer remembers
any of it.
Not familiar with this series other than hearing of it here. I can
only comment on the series that I've seen and those didn't have the
filler that is so common with US shows. Though it's likely also helped
that other than a series like Doctor Who most of the series that I
watch from the UK are also limited series so there's a clear focus on
the story since they only have one season to tell the entire story.
Post by Adam H. Kerman
Baptiste is spun off from a series The Missing originally produced for
BBC One and Starz in 2014. It stars a French actor as a French character
that's set in various countries in which the character is deliberately
out of place. The spin off series was produced for BBC One only.
In the Baptiste series 1 episodes, there was needless plot misdirection
and plenty of filler that I thought distracted hugely from the main
story. The current series is off to a more interesting start so for the
moment I'm hopeful it'll avoid pitfalls from last season.
I would have thought that building off an existing show would have
made it easier for them to avoid the filler. Though maybe it falls
into the same trap that happens with our longer seasons where the
writers didn't have enough good ideas to fill a season. Better to have
the writers take the time to lay out the stories they want to tell and
then have the season last as long as it takes to tell that story
whether that be 3 episodes or 20.