Back in the early days of my YouTuber-ness, I came across this phenomenon with several different web series, where Episode 1 was really good and then Episode 2, in one way or another, was where it all fell apart. I found three major variants:
- Problem A: they make something labelled 'Episode 1', but they might as well not have said 'Episode' anything, because there's never a second one.
- Problem B: the second instalment does show up, but it's a massive letdown, and the series either ends forthwith, or else straggles along as a pathetic shadow of what it could have been.
- Problem C: there are two instalments, and every indication that the series is set for a long and excellent run, but it somehow vanishes into thin air and Ep 3 never shows.
Once you get to three or more, there seems to be some sort of critical-mass effect, so Ep 2 is generally the cruch point. At least, that's what happened in the series I looked at.
Which all raises the question of how I'm getting on:
- I've obviously managed to avoid Problem A, because as you can see, I've got a second episode right here.
- I'll leave it to you to decide whether I've fallen foul of Problem B... is 'Fruit Pastilles' up to par compared with 'Marker Pen'?
- And I've got some plans for another Arbitrary Stopframe clip for next week, so hopefully I'll avoid Problem C.
And speaking of long-running series and things: my next post on A White Horizon will be the fiftieth. Fifty already? Crumbs 8/
- The Colclough