Friday, October 7, 2011

Boo to Recap Episodes

There are some things in life that are just plain annoying.  One of the (smaller and doesn't really matter at all in the grand scheme of things) things that I find aggravating are recap episodes to t.v. shows.

You know the ones that I'm talking about.  They are a montage of previous scenes mashed together--some better than others--in an effort to "catch the viewer up" with anything that he might have missed.  However, there is little to no progress in the show's story arcs.

Personally, I find them insulting.  If I care enough about the show to be watching it in the first place I already know the back story.  I don't need an entire episode to remind me.  Maybe a brief "last time on" at the beginning of an episode could be helpful if there is a particular tricky or pivotal plot development.  (Shows that I have found a brief recap helpful on include, but are not limited to: Battlestar Galactica, DS9, and Lost.)

I currently watch most of my t.v. shows from Hulu or Netflix, so when there is a recap episode I normally just skip it. Or read a book, clean, cook, etc. with the television on in the background.  With the shows that I watch weekly (such as The Office) it would be immensely disappointing to tune in to a recap.  All that anticipation would be for nothing.


  1. Recaps and also previews! I don't even want the Hulu cover photo of an episode to give it away either, as it did when I recently watched an episode that ended with a guy possibly being dead as he disappeared and they found his blood, but then as the next episode autoplayed in my queue, the thumbnail showed the guy tied and gagged! Totally gave it away. Obnoxious.

  2. I tend to agree - if there is need for a recap episode either the director or myself is falling behind. Don't waste your/my time with this nonsense, put out some quality material... seriously.


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