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Here's something that's actually nostalgic by now: the 2 part episode on TV shows. Trek fans know those all too well, with classic 2 part or even 3 part episode arcs that became memorable and epic cliffhangers, like the beloved The Best of Both Worlds from TNG. As for myself, I grew up with the Justice League cartoon, and all of its episodes on the first 2 seasons were two-parter or three-parter. I loved being glued to the TV as a young boy when the JL heroes got stranded in a bad situation at the end of a Part 1, and then the situation being resolved on the Part 2. When I was a teen, I also loved Lost, Battlestar Galactica and The X-Files (binging the show on DVD). All of those had cool cliffhangers, 2 parters and 3 parters, that formed great story arcs. But now, apparently this trope is gone. I guess the shows on this era of television aren't that fond of the idea of 2 or 3 episodes story arcs. They prefer smaller seasons (from 8 to 13 episodes) composed of mini movies, on which the story (inside the longer arc of the season) begins and ends within the same episode. Take a modern show like Game of Thrones, for instance. In the old days, an episode like the Battle of Blackwater, the Battle of the Bastards and the siege of Winterfell could've been a 2 part episode, with a cool cliffhanger connecting the two. These days, they prefer making longer episodes, the size of a movie (70 to 80 minutes), but with the beginning, the middle and the end of the battle. Heck, Westworld's season finales so far were over 90 minutes long. And the show had some 70 minute episodes on the middle of their seasons (like the awesome The Riddle of the Sphinx). And this is a little odd, because the concept of a 2 part episode sounds pretty good on a Netflix binge era. But for current drama/action/sci-fi/fantasy shows, it's much more probable to find very long episodes than a story arc that goes for 2 episodes. Which is a little sad. One of the reasons I loved 2 parters in my youth was that they felt special in comparison with the other episodes. When you're watching through a season, but then you come across as an episode that is labeled "Part 1", you know things are gonna get serious and important, because this is a crucial episode for the show's long story arc. Trek fans, of course, can relate to this. Of course, some shows still do two parters once in a while (The Good Place comes to mind), but now unfortunately this trope feels like a relic from a bygone era. But what do you guys think? Do you miss the 2 part episodes or do you prefer the way it's been done today, with longer episodes?
Is television scores really worth the investment? I mean, the only really good music in classic TV was the theme songs. And in today's prime-time television scene, is scoring a TV show really worth investment? Sometimes is awfully cheesy while other times, it helps. But it's too little and far between of the later. What do you guys think? Also, Do you think JW would score a good adventurous/sci-fi television show on prime time?
At last! Hopefully if this sells well enough, a proper release of Avatar: The Last Airbender will follow suit. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/06/13/listen-to-an-exclusive-music-track-from-the-legend-of-korra/?mod=google_news_blog Track List: 1. Prologue 2. Air Tight 3. In a Box 4. An Impossible Crime 5. Being Patient / Beifong’s Sacrifice 6. Asami and Mako Dine 7. On the Lam 8. Hittin’ on All Sixes 9. Good Ol’ Days 10. Before 11. Fresh Air 12. Korra Confronts Tarrlok 13. Squeaky Rags 14. Amon 15. Chi Blockers 16. A Peaceful Place 17. Left My Heart in Republic City 18. Firebending Training 19. Wheels 20. Republic City Under Attack 21. Hardboiled…Afraid (Separate Ways) 22. War 23. Asami And Hiroshi / Korra Airbends 24. Greatest Change 25. The Legend of Korra End Credits 26. The Legend of Korra Main Title Republic City Under Attack: