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“It’s Not Unknown”

“It’s Not Unknown”

The Loose- and Dead-End Afterlives of Battlestar Galactica and Lost

Chapter:
(p.56) 3 “It’s Not Unknown”
Source:
Time in Television Narrative
Author(s):
Jordan Lavender-Smith
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0004

This chapter examines some formal features of Battlestar Galactica and Lost that resonate with the series’ central themes, and which metaphorize the creation and reception of TV-III serials. It argues that the very same advanced technologies that allow contemporary writers the opportunity to create shows with such novelistic ambitions also undermine the narrative coherence of these elaborate, plot-heavy epics. Like Twin Peaks and The X-Files, Battlestar and Lost are ultimately failures according to their own narrative terms, failures from which tomorrow’s TV serialists have important lessons to learn.

Keywords:   television programs, television series, advanced technologies, narrative coherence

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