I spend too much time watching the few TV shows I like. I watch and rewatch the DVDs. I fall asleep to them. But the upside of this is that I know the shows very well.
Then things change. A new writer is brought in, perhaps.
The show is still funny, still has most of the qualities I liked before. But something is missing. Funny, “insider” jokes feel forced and fake. The jokes are the same length, said by the same actors, but it’s not the same.
The Spark Has Gone.
And perhaps that’s all it is. But as someone who has studied writing, it irritates me when I can’t put my finger on what that spark is. Spark is not technical enough for me.
What do I analyse? The words, the context, the pacing, the tone? They all seem fine. And maybe that’s it. They are fine. But they’re not excellent.
Is it the vision that has been lost? The plan? The story arc?
How do you put your finger on it when something has changed, yet on the surface it all feels the same?