(This post was originally posted by Tvor on the Coronation Street Blog in October 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Last week's fireball stunt was spectacular. It really did have me on the edge of my seat but mostly what I enjoyed was the drama leading up to it. David Platt came to pieces over the past few weeks in storyline that was launched with the death of his beloved Kylie in a violent attack. Ken Barlow had a stroke after rowing with his newly arrived son, Peter. Both men are going to have to rebuild their lives in very different way.
But all of these stunts, the fires, car crashes, accidents and disasters are starting to become routine and lose their impact. The Powers that Be hope the hype will bring in the punters and they really hope some of those punters will continue to watch and become regular viewers but you know what? It doesn't happen. And yet they continue.
Some people enjoy the climactic weeks, the stunts and the storylines breaking out into new directions or having closure, or both. Some really don't like it or don't like aspects of it and fair enough, to each his own. I think if the big spectacles were pared down to something every few years even, that mightgive them a lot more impact.
I wrote a long blog post about it here on State of the Street. Have a read and tell me what you think.
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