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After reading and screening all required materials and reading all the topic pages, answer these questions in a single blog post:

Topic 2

  1. Please screen three episodes of Mike & Molly (available on HULU) and explain how they exemplify Eco’s notion of oneiric space? Why would this type of story structure be appealing?

Possible appeals:

  • There is pleasure in resolution
  • There is pleasure in plugging in the formula
  • There is pleasure in familiarity
  • There is little concern over missing an episode

Topic 3

  1. Please SCREEN the season 6 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “As you were” (available on NETFLIX) and address how serialization impacts the story, characterization, and possible interpretations of events. How would the story have worked if it were purely episodic.
  1. SCREEN the season 3 episode of The Vampire Diaries, “the Reckoning” (available on Netflix) and make note of
  • All the plot elements and characters
  • How these are interwoven (plot-wise, thematically, aesthetically)
  • How many cliffhangers and hints at future plot elements are introduced
  • What forms of knowledge the episode requires that you have or seek out in order to fully comprehend the story

Topic 4

  1. Please visit the website for the series Orphan Black (http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/) and watch some of the behind the scenes footage (also read the “about” page if you are unfamiliar with the series). Then visit the fan site Clone Club Book Club (http://discourse.cloneclub.co/) and leaf through the discussion of plot points.

How are these examples of the “operational aesthetic” and “forensic fandom” that Mittell links to complexity on television and the effort to cultivate “maximum rewatchability”?

  1. Why would a series like Orphan Black or The Vampire Diaries have a difficult time finding success if it had been produced for a previous generation?

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Doctor_Ralph
School: Rice University

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After watching various episodes from Mike and Molly television series, one can easily
note the oneiric space notion as suggested by Eco. One of the ways in which the structure of
the story is appealing is through the concept of the presence of pleasure in familiarity. As per
the argument provided by Eco, some elements of a film and characters as well will always
tend to maintain normalcy (Lewis, 1985). This could also be extended to the space and
dimensions of a film. These elements are clearly visible when one watches any random
episodes of the television series. Being a sitcom, the Mike and Molly television series reuses
the characters from the beginning to end. Notably, the story in every episode revolves around
the life and relationship between Mike and Molly and supported by the lives of those around
the two. In this case, the characters play their role well and, since they take lead in all the
episodes, they create a sense of appeal to the film regardless of the episode that one chooses.
In fact, there is also a consistency of the supporting actors, their roles, and their behavior. For
instance, the mothers of the two actors, Molly’s sister, and the restaurant attendant.
Coincidentally, some of the locations and settings such as the Overeaters’ Anonymous
Meetings and the restaurant appear frequently in almost every episode. It is the events that
arise in these locations that make the television series ...

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Anonymous
awesome work thanks

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