Oren, Chris, and Mike discuss TV shows that get noticeably better or worse during their run. They describe the origins for these two tropes, and analyze why shows succeed or fail when they change direction.
Correction: Actors on Star Trek: Voyager were actually contracted from season to season.Download Episode 33 Subscription Feed
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.
Trope: Growing a Beard
Trope: Jumping the Shark
Star Trek: Voyager: Seven of Nine
BBC’s Merlin: Uther Pendragon
BBC’s Merlin: To Kill the King
Stargate SG-1: Asgard
Stargate SG-1: Replicators
Stargate SG-1: Jack O’Neill
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike
Angel: Smile Time
Heroes: How to Stop an Exploding Man