Originally Posted by Sharp1080
The Night Stalker movie was a bit better in my opinion. They turned his character into a more "bumbling type" when they wrote the TV episodes.
That happens a lot in TV - even between the pilot and the rest of the series.
For example, the original Knight Rider started out pretty dark in the pilot, then became a "buddy" show between the Hoff and KITT after that. The first episode aired of Firefly started out appearing to be Bonanza with space ships, then developed into a tight character dram that happened to take place in space.
That's why I never base whether I watch a show on the pilot. I always give it 3 episodes:
1 - The pilot. I assume things might have been tweaked since the pilot wwas finished, which might be a year or more before the series was greenlit.
2- This sets the tone for the direction the series will likely take once all the setup from the pilot is finished.
3 - This episodes decides whether I'm liking the direction or not. By that point, whatever formula the show will use each episode ought to be apparent.
If I like enough about the show despite some dislikes, it stays on probabtion for a bit longer. That gives me time to see if a character I don't like gets toned down (like Gary on "Alphas") or even eliminated before I give up on what might otherwise be a show I might enjoy.
However, I never subscribe to the "it gets better in episode 6" thing (like was touted in "Dollhouse"). I figure, if the writers can't spend the time to find a way to grab me by episode 3, it's not worth my time to appease them.Edited by NetworkTV - 8/8/12 at 9:32am