150 – Series That Got Better

The Mythcreant Podcast

Most of the time, when someone tells you a story gets better later, it’s not true. Most stories will never be better than their first installment. But there are some happy exceptions, and we’ve invited Rhys back a third time to talk about them. We discuss TV shows that started off a mess but rose to greatness, novels that evolved over time, and a roleplaying podcast that listened to its fans. Plus, some behind the scenes dish for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Next Generation

David Gerrold

Michael Piller

The Librarians

The Adventure Zone


The Color of Magic

The Dark Tower



Clone Wars

Legend of Korra

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  1. Julia

    One genre you didn’t cover was comics. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series got a sort of choppy start on the first storyline, Preludes and Nocturnes. He really hit his stride after that, I think in part because he started to get a better feel for his mythos and built it out. Another was Fables. The first storyline was investigating the murder of a character you got the feeling no one really cared for one way or another. A much later storyline, Cubs in Toyland, just wrecked me. The author learned how to build up the emotional stakes by then.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      Yeah that first issue of Sandman was rough. It also had some really out of place appearances by DC Superheros, something they thankfully dropped as the series went on.

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