‘Blue Bloods’: Some Episode Pacing Leaves Fans ‘Annoyed’

by Quentin Blount

If you ask one fan on Reddit, the show Blue Bloods may just move at a pace that is a little too fast for most fans to follow.

How do you feel about the pacing of television shows? Do you like a fast-paced show with multiple story arcs? Or a slower pace show that only has one or two plotlines in an episode? There’s no question that Blue Bloods — the drama about a multi-generational family of cops in New York City — is on the faster end of episode pacing.

After all, the show features a number of prominent stars that each have their own storylines. You have Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck) as the New York City Police Commissioner. Then you have his children — Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), a seasoned detective on the force, Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan), New York County Assistant District Attorney, and Jamie Reagan (Will Estes), who is a police officer as well.

With those four main characters, it makes sense that the writers of the show have multiple plot lines in place. However, one Blue Bloods fan on Reddit says they should look into cutting down the number of storylines at play in one episode.

“I posted about this a few months ago and rewatching the show, I am realizing how annoying this is,” the user begins their post. “Four plots? In one episode? Seriously? I love this show, I really do, but it’s just not practical. I end up forgetting names and important plot points and everything just gets wrapped up way too fast.”

Two Plots Per Episode of ‘Blue Bloods’ Instead of Four

Everyone has their own ideas of what would make the perfect show. Whether it be four storylines per episode or two, there are likely fans split right down the middle. With that said, the user on Reddit does bring up a valid point — if Blue Bloods were to cut down on the number of plots in each episode, they could perhaps dive into more complex scenarios for the stories they do end up focusing on.

“Maybe just put two plots in an episode? One episode has the Frank and Jamie plotlines, and then the next has the Erin and Danny plotlines,” they offered. “It would allow for more complex storylines, as well as developing the side characters a little more…It’s just something I’ve been thinking about. The current pacing makes my head spin.”

Speaking of which, it won’t be all that much longer until Blue Bloods is back for season 12. Last Monday, the show announced via its official Instagram account that the new season will be premiering on Friday, October 1. That is certainly welcome news to us all.

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