Can You Skip Episodes And Still Have A Great Series?
This week I saw an article about skipping episodes of Battlestar Galactica (BSG). They suggested that you could skip 18 of the show's 75 episodes. As some of you may know, last year when Josh and I ranked the best shows of all time, Battlestar landed in the number one spot. So, can we agree with the idea of skipping 24% of the episodes in what we thought was the best show ever? We are in the fourth season of watching the show, this is my second pass through. I have to say that if and when we revisit our list of all time shows, BSG will not be my number one show. (You will have to wait till December to find out what it will be.) I still believe it is one of the best shows ever. I also believe that you can, and probably SHOULD, skip quite a few of the season 3 and 4 episodes. It made me wonder about other shows. Another of my all time favorite series is Thirtysomething. I believe the character growth and story arcs are the best ever placed on television. I would love for anyone to show me another character that moves as much as Nancy Weston (Patricia Wetig) from the pilot of Thirtysomething (where she literally has one line) to the finale of Thirtysomething (where I can't tell you because I do not believe in spoilers, even for a show that is 20 years old.) I also think there are probably 10 episodes that you could skip out of the 85 and have a much better experience. It doesn't mean that 30 isn't a great show. It is just that sometimes the off shoot episodes don't stand up as well as the continuing stories of the ad agency, cancer, or their marriages. But this can be true of many great shows. I think no one should suffer through season 6 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. But you have to watch the musical episode which is in season 6. This "skipping episodes" idea is not for a show like Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons, or even Law & Order. I truly believe this "machete order" idea goes along with shows that either have strong character arcs, (Breaking Bad, West Wing, Sex and the City) or mythology shows where you are dying to find answers (X-Files, Lost, Millennium, Angel.) I also strongly believe that these are the only shows that truly matter on television. If episode A doesn't impact episode B then what is the point. You are basically watching a movie not a serial. So while there will always be a place for the completest, I like the idea of knowledgeable skipping around. I will gladly admit, I have never seen season 6 of Buffy in its entirety. I did not watch the seasons of Seinfeld once Larry David left. I seriously wish I had not seen those crap episodes in the second half of season 3 of BSG. But they are all among my favorite shows of all time. So I ask you? Can you skip 24% of a series and still say it is one of the best shows ever? Follow us on Facebook or twitter @redroompodcast Order Scott's New Book of 20 Comic Stories: Scott Luck Stories Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast on Television at iTunes