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New Escapist Column! “Deadwood: The Movie”, “El Camino” and Closure In The New Age of Television…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine yesterday. This one looks at the recent releases of Deadwood: The Movie and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie as an illustration of how much the television landscape has changed in recent years.

These belated capstones to beloved series – Deadwood and Breaking Bad – are interesting because they afford the creative talent the opportunity to wrap up their story free from the production constraints of television, the urgent desperate churn of the conveyor belt that demands workable solutions in insanely short periods of time. These epilogues arrive years after the fact, and are the product of careful consideration and reflection. They allow their creators to tie a little bow around their work. After all, sometimes it is nice to have distance.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

2 Responses

  1. Glad to see a commentator at Escapist already mentioned Firefly, since that was the first series that came to my mind for this sort of movie adaptation.

    In terms of much older shows, the Davie Crockett mini-series with its follow-up movie might be one of the earliest examples of a movie closure to a series? Police Squad! was an interesting example to bring up though, since the 3 movies are much more well-known than the abruptly canceled series.

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