so ive been thinking about this for awhile
honestly i think longer episodes arent a good thing. they might seem like a good thing bc longer episodes=more plot progression and character development right? but thats not whats happening, the plot is moving forward at a snails pace and its boring as hell. so ive been trying to articulate why it seems like so much more was happening in the first 3 volumes despite shorter episodes and i think its because the shorter episodes put more pressure the writers to utilize each second wisely, they couldn’t afford to have long ass speeches because they had to be cutthroat on what to leave in. now obviously its not like they never wasted screentime in v1-3, but it was a lot better than what we have now.
now it seems like m&k think they have all the time in the world to have characters talk to each other and for the plot, but its not really a good thing to spend forever on one subject, things really need to be more concise. it seems like theyre not asking themselves vital questions like what is the purpose of this dailogue/scene, how we can we convey it a timely matter so we have proper emphasis on that purpose, and how can we make it as interesting as possible? in the most recent episode (which i only watched just now lmao) i think that conversation with sun and blake could have taken up so much less time, it took up like a third of the episode, and they were literally just sitting there talking. if youre gonna have characters talking for that fucking long it should be for a good reason, and there should at least something more happening visually, the blake short is a good example. i thought that oscars outburst was great, hes finally getting some character. but ive said before that oscars screentime in v4 should have been cut completely and i think that moment would have been so much better if it had been. oscar having almost no character for v4 and then 5 episodes into v5 getting some character? not great? oscar being introduced in v5 and then showing his frustration and inner turmoil by episode 5? much better
so really it just comes down to m&k realizing that even though the episodes are longer each second still counts, sometimes less is more and for the love of god pacing is so fucking important