That is the length of the first season of Carmilla, the
Christmas special included.
37 episodes, and it totals up to the length of a long film.
As a web series, instead of a television show actual,
Carmilla has several other characteristics in common with movies, almost making
it a hybrid of sorts. There’s one main writer, with a story editor, instead of
a writer’s room doling out scripts like a creative writing Santa. Every last
inch of dialogue was finished before filming; every last bit of filming has
been finished, and no amount of fan feedback changes what will be aired.
Jordan and Ellen, as well as the entire crew, have done a
fantastic job of trying to make each episode its own thing. Seriously, hats
off. But there’s only so much you can pack into a four-minute episode. The
transmedia is a huge help, but even with the assist, the show cannot stand on
the strength of an entire episode. The series as a whole is a holistic
Carmilla is much, much more like a movie.
Speaking of movies, you know that one person you go see the
latest blockbuster ( or maybe it’s thriller season), and at every single dramatic
turn, they gasp and turn to you. “I can’t BELIEVE that character did that! Why
do you think they did that?!?!?!” Maybe you blink for a few seconds, murmur
that the character is an asshole, and grab a handful of popcorn as you turn
back to the screen. Two minutes later, “Ugh, I hate them! Don’t you hate them?!
Why is this happening?!?!?!” You’d really like to stare at them for a few
minutes, because honestly, but really
you just turn back to the screen because that’s what you’re trying to find out.
Now back to Carmilla. The show does air in episodic form, so
clearly there are designated breaks and discussion is encouraged. Even
critique, so long as it’s not nasty.
Getting up in arms that characters are being abusive, that
they’re out of character, that the plot is boring, that you’re only watching
because of fanservice, is the equivalent of being that person. That person who doesn’t understand that you’re
watching a film to find out the creative choices. To find out what happens.
Don’t be that person.