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Oct. 22nd, 2007

This is totally OCD but in the interest of a time-breakdown for the new episodes, things have clocked out thusly:

Rough length of an ep 38 to 40 minutes tops which is the same as it has always been. And curiously enough with the "broadening of the universe" I thought it would increase. To at least push us over the "ep ends early enough that people changing the channel will be counted into other shows half-hour ratings, not ours." Idjits.

- 3.01 - Brotherly Scenes (as in together, even if with another player) at around 22 minutes, 7 without either on-screen
- 3.02 - Brotherly Scenes at 6 minutes, 12 without either Dean or Sam on-screen (with the whole mother-daughter subplot taking about 11 of them)
- 3.03 - Brotherly Scenes at 21 minutes, 9 without either on-screen



Surprisingly the Premiere had the best quota - even though I`m reasonably sure that compared to last year and the year before the side character action as well as the split-up increased by around 20 % - but that tells me it`s about quality over quantity. It doesn`t help me when they are on-screen together but I do not feel them or like them.

The second one is just measly on the Sam`nDean front, sorry. That`s WAY too much apart for me. And while I found that particular subplot in 3.02 well-acted, even with recurring characters I don`t even start to remotely care about their stories before, oh say, one Season, rather two. A standalone storyline for PiPs that takes nearly a third of the ep is pushing it. Over the top.

The third one is clearly the best in terms of quality and quantity even though there was quite a bit split-action between Sam and the hunters vs. Dean and Bela. But at least I didn`t want to bitchslap either guy in those scenes. :)

Comments

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katikat
Oct. 22nd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well, according to my timer, ep 3x01 and 3x03 had 39:01 and 39:16 mins respectively and ep 3x02 even 41:20 mins which is roughly the same length they had in the past years.
astri13
Oct. 22nd, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
which is roughly the same length they had in the past years.

I know, I just would have expected them to make it to 42-43 minutes with the addition of more characters in every ep. Not the least to see if our second half-hour drop could be averted if we clocked out closer to 10:00 p.m.

J2 get more sparetime anyhow if they stuffed additional scenes with side characters.
aizjanika
Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
It's unlikely they'd increase the length of the episodes for any reason, because they have to fit in commercials. If anything, they'd shorten them to fit in more commercials. I watch my old Starsky & Hutch DVDs and episodes used to be 49 - 50 minutes long sometimes, and then just a year or two ago, most one-hour shows were 45 minutes, then 44... :::sigh:::
aizjanika
Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
I'd love to have some comparison to previous years.

I'm not sure that I would count the scenes in which Sam and Dean were on screen together if they were with other people, though. *g* That's just me. hehe

It doesn`t help me when they are on-screen together but I do not feel them or like them.

Me too.

A standalone storyline for PiPs that takes nearly a third of the ep is pushing it. Over the top.

Yep. This is especially in the second episode of the season.
astri13
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have some comparison to previous years.

Name me an episode from Season 1 and one from Season 2 that you`d consider the most brotherly and I`d do it. :)
Strangely enough ImtoD and Wiawsnb, my most favorite eps of Season 2, will probably have lesser brother interaction, proving it`s more quality than quantity that makes it.

I'm not sure that I would count the scenes in which Sam and Dean were on screen together if they were with other people, though. *g* That's just me. hehe

I think it`s fair because those scenes have always been there, when they posed as authority figures or questioned witnesses or the likes. And often these scenes can be cute and funny so I didn`t mind them. I guess it`s a matter where you put the emphasis, Dean and Sam or random guest character.

I even like one brother interacting with a guest star now and then. Especially Dean tends to be a lot smarter and more competent then, imagine Dean + Sarge or Dean + Ronald or even some Dean + kids. Contrary to lots of people I also liked Sam + Madison or Sam + Sarah. So it`s not that I don`t want them to ever split up. Again, it`s just a matter of keeping character integrity.
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