The First Season of Burn Notice ended on one heck of a cliffhanger. Like, Maribou and I turned and looked at each other and said “HOLY CRAP WE NEED TO GET SEASON TWO LIKE RIGHT NOW!” and we got it and (here’s where the minor spoiler is) the cliffhanger was resolved in the first two minutes of the first episode of Season 2.
It was handled a little bit better than in the old Republic Serials where a good guy gets shot in the chest at the end of an episode (“WILL OUR HERO SURVIVE???”)… and at the beginning of the next episode, we see that he had a deck of cards in his breast pocket or something BUT IT WAS PRETTY CLOSE. You were thinking that you were going to get some kind of payoff for all of the work you’d done this season and, as it turns out, they merely reshuffled the deck and had a new mission that would require some kind of payoff at the end of the season.
Which, of course, ended in a cliffhanger.
That was then resolved in the first two minutes of the first episode of Season 3.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the first, oh, five or so seasons of Burn Notice were *PERFECT* for the whole “channel surfing” phenomenon and stumbling across an episode and then being able to enjoy the episode as a standalone hour in its own right. The whole “in a hotel and you need to watch an episode of *SOMETHING* before you can even think about falling asleep” phenomenon.
Then, somehow, between Seasons Five and Six, they realized that “bingewatching” was the next big thing. “People are buying the boxed set of DVDs and watching them all at once! We may need to change some stuff!”
I’m currently in the middle of Season Seven, the final season, and every show manages to end on a cliffhanger.
Which is then resolved in the first two minutes of the next episode.
Which, for some reason, is oh-so-much-more satisfying.
So… what are you watching and/or reading?