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Spoilers - John C. Kirk
Jun. 15th, 2006
10:34 pm -
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June 16th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
I quite like the "next time on" and "this time on" so long as they are created by the show's producers. If the show runners create these then they're not going to give away any major plot points because they don't want them spoiled (they're usually the most vocal against spoilers.
The Dr Who ones do no more than give a visual backdrop for the comments in Radio Times and other listing magazines. A taster for what's next, occasionally leading to a very cool "ooo the cybermen!" or something. It's a good way to create a link between this weeks episode and next week's. My biggest complaint would be that they need to put a longer delay between the end of Who on BBC1 and the start of the Confidential on BBC3 - by the time I've scrolled through the channels 'cos I can't remember the number I've missed the titles.
As for the Battlestar ones I take the same attitude - the show runners create them (they even took them out at one point, but then put them back) so I approach them as something they actually *want* you to see before the show proper. Does knowing the vague direction of an episode dramatically change your viewing pleasure one way or the other? I have no idea. Personally I think they're cool and will continue to watch 'em.
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