The new Mr Vista episode is up - episode 9 no less. And this episode has thrown up an interesting observation on the audience.
Now, I admit, this is almost a filler episode. It's not that great but I wanted to give the idea a go. It was a last minute improvised idea made up on the spot at the end of the shoot. My experience tells me that these ideas will sometimes be amazing, probably about 1 in 3 times. I think perhaps this time we are in the other 2 out of 3.
But, and this is the strange observation - it is one of the most successful in terms of comments left and viewing figures. People leaving negative comments (not as good as the others etc) is understandable. I believe that people like to leave negative comments more than positive. Blogs teach us that. And a study of criticism would show us something similar.
However, somehow, this has raised interest in this episode. As if people want to see what the fuss is about. Or rubberneck the disaster.
It does leave me in an odd position. How does this effect the series as a whole? And do we have a new situation for the new era. A flop episode / sequel is never good for film, TV, radio, comic or the web. It pulls down your overall brand. But a flop film at least doesn't seem to be seen by many people. Here - a flop draws an audience. Which leads to a new danger. Your most successful film may be your least favourite and lowest quality. Bizarre!