Just watched another episode of Battlestar Galactica. I'm really enjoying the show. And the difference between it and, say, Babylon 5 is astronomical.
Many shows on television today look and feel like a major motion picture. They didn't when I was a kid. The writing, production values, stories, acting, and overall style has shifted from a three camera setup and walking to marks to deliver pat lines under news room like lights, to the gritty "reality" we see in movies. The difference is stark and amazing.
I used to say that television was the illegitimate sister of motion pictures. Now they are truly sisters. Not twins, as of yet, seeing how movies have changed as well, but sisters.
How this fits in with web content is a post for another time. I have yet to form an opinion about that, especially since movies and TV are available in ever increasing amounts online.
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