July 30 - October 9, 2018

  "Of all plots and actions the epeisodic are the     ARISTOTLE_POETICS
  worst. I call a plot 'epeisodic' in which the
  episodes or acts succeed one another without        We would call this
  probable or necessary sequence. Bad poets           "episodic", but
  compose such pieces by their own fault, good        Butcher didn't spell
  poets, to please the players; for, as they write    it that way back
  show pieces for competition, they stretch the       in 1911.
  plot beyond its capacity, and are often forced
  to break the natural continuity."                         Like, [sic], man.

      Here Aristotle complains about pieces that
      are just vehicles for the actors to show off.

      I emphasise this obvious point, because it's
      not always entirely clear *who* Aristotle
      things the tragedy should impress.  It should
      please the audience and not the players?
      But in some places he complains about things
      that *do* please the audience (spectacular      The now familar duel
      effects) but disapproves of them from the       between critical and
      point of view of an educated, refined taste.    popular opinion.

      And the fans of the stars are often                            
      glad to see them do their thing, even if     (Presuming Ancient           
      the overall dramatic effect is weak.         Greece tragedy fan base      
                                                   was something like the 
                                                   modern ones.)