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No Status Quo

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So I just finished watching the fifth episode of the third season of Breaking Bad, and what I realise that it doesn’t have – something which most TV series do have – is a status quo.  And this is a complete lack of status quo across seasons as well, not just during them.  One thinks of a show like NCIS, for instance, where normality is restored at the end of each episode (save for maybe a slight teaser at a season-long story that isn’t to do with the mainly episodic nature of the series).  Breaking Bad is not like that.  Dexter is not like it either, I suppose – on a during-the-season basis – but it has a status quo that comes between the seasons.

There’s much more to say about this, but I am sleepy.  (I have stayed up to watch Breaking Bad, after all.)

There’s something very epic about no points of ‘narrative equilibrium’ – if that term makes sense to you, dear reader – in a story.


Written by epistemysics

December 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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