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Ask A TV Critic: Eric Deggans

Like I remember a time, I'm watching NYPD Blue and it would give me a headache, because the camera-work was so shaky. I remember a time when watching ER felt like I was on one of those big rollercoasters -- it just felt so quick, so fast. And then a couple of years ago they put out the first season of ER on DVD and I watched the pilot, and I remember thinking to myself, "God, this thing moves so slow, it just feels like it's taking forever to tell the story," because every show's incredibly fast.

[redacted discussion of when ER debuted]

I just remember watching that more recently and thinking to myself, you know, there was a time when this felt like a rocket ship, and now you watch it and it's not. And that's where we are now, I mean, AOL allows you call up old episodes of shows online and you can watch old episodes of things, so I called up an old TJ Hooker, something like that --

Sars: As you do.

Deggans: And I could not believe how slow these episodes were! You'd see, you know, if somebody was going to go meet -- if a criminal was going to go meet some other person, and it's a big part of the plot, you know, this guy you think is a good guy, he's meeting with the bad guy, you know, they would show the bad guy getting in his car, and driving off, and they'd show the good guy getting in his car and driving off, and then they'd show both of them driving up to this meeting spot, and then you'd see them both get out of their car, and they'd go walk up and talk to each other, and then the part of the scene that you cared about would start, where they're talking to each other. I'm just thinking to myself, if this was a modern TV show, all that shit would've been gone. You probably would have seen the good guy go out and get in his car and drive off, and then you'd see him pull up, and then he'd get out of his car and the bad guy'd be standing there, you'd be like, "Oh, he's a bad guy!" And then the scene would start.

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Ask A TV Critic: Eric Deggans

Like I remember a time, I'm watching NYPD Blue and it would give me a headache, because the camera-work was so shaky. I remember a time when watching ER felt like I was on one of those big rollercoasters -- it just felt so quick, so fast. And then a couple of years ago they put out the first season of ER on DVD and I watched the pilot, and I remember thinking to myself, "God, this thing moves so slow, it just feels like it's taking forever to tell the story," because every show's incredibly fast.

[redacted discussion of when ER debuted]

I just remember watching that more recently and thinking to myself, you know, there was a time when this felt like a rocket ship, and now you watch it and it's not. And that's where we are now, I mean, AOL allows you call up old episodes of shows online and you can watch old episodes of things, so I called up an old TJ Hooker, something like that --

Sars: As you do.

Deggans: And I could not believe how slow these episodes were! You'd see, you know, if somebody was going to go meet -- if a criminal was going to go meet some other person, and it's a big part of the plot, you know, this guy you think is a good guy, he's meeting with the bad guy, you know, they would show the bad guy getting in his car, and driving off, and they'd show the good guy getting in his car and driving off, and then they'd show both of them driving up to this meeting spot, and then you'd see them both get out of their car, and they'd go walk up and talk to each other, and then the part of the scene that you cared about would start, where they're talking to each other. I'm just thinking to myself, if this was a modern TV show, all that shit would've been gone. You probably would have seen the good guy go out and get in his car and drive off, and then you'd see him pull up, and then he'd get out of his car and the bad guy'd be standing there, you'd be like, "Oh, he's a bad guy!" And then the scene would start.

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