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Old August 10th 04, 19:07   #14
Psi Cop
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Re: Stand Alone Episodes

I guess the reason that the introduction of things such as organic tech and personality reprogramming count as "arc" in my mind is that they *must* be introduced for the arc story to work. If you don't do those introductions well ahead of the time when the elements are used in the big arc actions then the arc falls apart because the whole thing feels like a half-assed "cheat" by the writer.

To rephrase the two-way question that I asked before:

When you say "stand alone ep" do you mean:

1) An ep that can watched apart from the arc without confusion.


2) An ep without which the arc suffers noticably.

I tend to think of it in terms of choice 2). Going according to choice 1) leads to a *much* longer list of episodes being called "stand alone".
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