When television shows tease you too much…

By: Jeff Hornassek

May 9, 2017

Before we get started, please know that I am an unabashed nerd. I have no sense of pride, and am not under the impression that I’m overly manly or anything like that. Having got that out of the way, I recently watched the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” which has received a ton of buzz.

I prefaced this blog post with the disclaimer that I am in no way an alpha male, because for someone who has not seen the aforementioned show, it has this reputation of being very teen angsty a la “Dawsons Creek” or “The O.C.”…psshhh I wish it was! I won’t turn this into a review on the Netflix series so don’t worry, but there are minor high level spoilers coming ahead so if you still want to see the show just tread lightly.
What I really wanted your guys and girls opinions on, is the concept of a show that is serialized in nature, essentially teasing fans with unanswered questions at the end of a season to increase anticipation for the next episodes. I know this is solely dependent on how it’s done, but as a general rule of thumb, is this something that makes you angry, or is a great tactic to raise excitement levels? I think of some bad examples like “Lost” when it was really losing it’s sense of narrative and almost became a side show with so many open ends that it could, and would never tie them all up. Then you have the likes of “Westworld” where a season ends with a very satisfying conclusion for fans who put in 12+hours of their time, and yet still allows itself room to grow in further seasons.
My issue with “13 Reasons Why” is in my personal time invested in a show, and it’s characters (which was incredibly well done IMO) only to have literally not a single of the double digit characters storylines resolved come seasons end. That’s right folks, we’re talking about open ended character arcs in the double digits! To me, this has crossed a line and I have to use my platform (the internet) to voice a complaint. Let me know what you guys think, and if I’m way off base you have free reign to yell at me.
-JH

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