Monday, 20 June 2022


As a bit of insight into the formulaic writing (previously here and here) of every streaming show, JWZ breaks down the first, often orphaned series into: 

  • Episodes 1 and 2: The Mystery Episode 
  • 3 - 6: The Fambly and Crying 
  • Episode 6: Mild cliffhanger Episode 
  • 7: Deep Flashback—prequel that exploits the whole show mythology 
  • Episode 8: Resolution for Episode 6 but proffers several more cliffhangers for a Season Two that’s probably not going to happen 

Once this pattern becomes established, it becomes hard not to find this arc-of-narrative.