Webisodes, Yay or Nay?

Just a quick little post, but does anyone really like webisodes/mobisodes? Their intended purpose seems to be keeping a show’s hype up during the off season, but this rarely seems to be the result they get. Smallville’s have been notoriously bad, Lost made some that were just pointless before season four aired, and even The Office didn’t produce anything especially noteworthy. The only webisodes I’ve ever really enjoyed were for Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance, a series chronicling the people of New Caprica’s fight against the Cylons between the second and third seasons. However even BSG dropped the ball with the Razor webisodes, which merely split up one of the movies’ scenes into several short chunks, and added about 2 minutes to the start of it.

bsg-resistanceI think what the problem ends up being is something that anime fans have been dealing with for years: filler. When a manga series is popular enough to warrant an anime series, it’s inevitable that the anime series will progress faster than the original manga. As a result, the producers often have to stall for time while the next story arc is completed before they can translate it to the TV screen, and so they’re forced to make up some unimportant plot, that won’t have any sort of lasting effects as they’ll need to have the characters in the exact same place when they get back to the ‘real’ story. With webisodes, the creators can’t show anything vital, as this would alienate those fans who didn’t search out the extra content.  So all they can do is march the characters around in circles, and fill in only the plot holes that didn’t need filling to begin with.

I say stop bothering with webisodes, and instead put those resources into alternate methods of maintaining fan interest on the Internet. It’s far more original, and entertaining. Plus, is rewarding your most hardcore fans with a few minutes of pointless video really a good idea?


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~ by Jerk on November 29, 2008.

3 Responses to “Webisodes, Yay or Nay?”

  1. I liked the Resistance allot personally, and the Razor ones.
    Maybe I’m that much more Battlestar Hardcore…

  2. this kinda links in with a post I’ve been mulling over about best net content. While I think it’s really cool to involve your audience via the web it’s not always the best thing for the show say plot wise. Like when heroes talks about bringing in some character people voted on and invented in the comic/web world they have going I cringe. I dont think its a good idea. I think the show runners should be left to their own devices unless they’re tim kring which ruins my argument but still I just dont think it’s a great idea.

    I didnt even watch the past few smallville ones because they’re usually that bad. And you’re right, they make no change to the plot but thats a good thing. To be honest I didnt really even like razor. I get that it matters but as a viewer I didnt really care that much for the movie let alone the webisodes.

    so yeah, over all I’m going with no. I’m internet hyperactive and for the most part I dont seek out webcontent for any shows that’s not fan created. This should not stop shows from reaching out to connect but extra content isnt the way. I’d rather see the scenes that were taken out like the parkman/knox line they took out a few weeks ago.

  3. The Razor webisodes were the Young Adama flashback part, with a bit extra at the beginning.

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