Paul, that was an interesting camp session. Here is what I say about it. Yes, the younger people, Generation Z or what-have-you, have a fair point about how there were a ton of coincidences and inconsistencies and flat-out implausibilities in TV back then. No doubt about it, and I don't like a lot of them in Batman, including the supposed Jill St. John/Burt Ward switcheroo in the pilot. Point well-taken.
However, I would say this to those people. Maybe it's a recency bias, because I'm not sure things have gotten all that much better in the intervening years. OK, we have less of the 'person gets into one bank of elevators just before person who needed to see that other person emerges from the other bank of elevators' and 'Mr. Roper overhears Jack Tripper and completely misinterprets the conversation' sort of stuff, but...
I know we're talking movies and not TV, but watch, say, the Dark Knight Batman movie with Heath Ledger as Joker or No Country For Old Men and start counting the coincidences/implausibilities for so-called 'gritty realism' movies. You'll run out of fingers and toes very quickly.
And on TV, is is it just me, or does every crimefighter, whether official or superhero, have that one person on their 'team,' who can hack into ANY computer system in 22 seconds flat? And speaking of which---hey you kids, get off my lawn there, I just got rid of the crabgrass--uh, what was I saying again???--oh yeah, I know this isn't necessarily germane to the original point, but...
I know 1966 Batman had Robin and Alfred, but wow, many of today's superheroes seem to have more people helping them than the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. And it's not all that compelling. 'The team' dynamic that I referred to before (and yes, I know about the JLA) keeps salaries under control I suppose, but it doesn't make for riveting TV, IMO. Makes things very talky when the hero/heroine has to discuss things ad nauseam with the rest of his/her 'team' before even thinking about confronting the baddie.
I suppose what I mean is that every generation of media consumer has complaints about the way the product is packaged. I don't like the way TV is today. The serialization of TV means everything is meant to binge, everything is meant to 'set up' the next thing. I'll admit--I HATED the lack of continuity in 1960s TV, in which everything re-sets to zero the next week. (Case in point--Uhura's mind is supposedly 'wiped clean' by Nomad the roaming computer, and a week later, she's fine.)
I wish we could have something like the 1980s, in which you had the transition from the 1960s-70s to today--momentum and developing plotlines, but you still could watch an individual episode and enjoy it for what it was and not feel cheated. So many individual episodes today feel like filler because they exist to set up the big SEASON FINALE or MID-SEASON FINALE or somesuch. And don't get me started on the idiotic idea of sitcoms having cliffhanger finales. Dumb.
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