A “Previously on…” Rant


My bitter rant topic of the week: those damn “Previously on…” segments that begin many television episodes. I understand why pinhead network executives may think that without these little fillers anyone not watching every single episode of a series might get occasionally confused during the upcoming episode. Tough sh*t!

I welcome a little surprise in my entertainment. So when I see nearly forgotten characters/events from earlier episodes/seasons appear in these prologue sketches, guess what? I now know those characters/events are returning sometime over the next 45 minutes. Yay, I can’t freakin’ wait!

I argue that a little confusion with casual fans is a small price to pay to maintain some genuine surprise for those of us willing to spend our precious time week to week dedicatingly watching this crap these finely crafted shows.

Now, just don’t get me started on that whole “Next week on…” BS! ;-)

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Chad Schulz