Yeah, it was tough going there for most of the episode. I seem to remember one or two of the IYSS episodes having some of those problems, although not nearly as severe. Too bad because it was a real good episode (as was #57 Monday). And it was great that the attack plan, whether or not it works, was Mimosa's. I had complained about DJY being the only one who ever had any ideas, so I'll certainly give credit here.
Plus, even with the bad transmission we got one of the best lines of the whole series so far:
It really was a shame. Well, at least we got a chance to see some "still pictures" of the faces some of the different characters made...
"An idea? You, Hongpei?"
...especially the priceless grin Hongpei made when Xui Rengui was begging him to tell his idea. So the "kid" finally had an idea? That really caught "FeatherDuster" by surprise! But then he's a got a lot of surprises in store for him...
Well, maybe because it was one of the fleeting moments when the video actually transmitted, but Xue's reaction to the tea being too hot was priceless. Stroking his hair extensions one by one with that sheepish look made him resemble a cat trying to look "cool" right after the mouse has gotten away.
And with all those freeze ups & broken frames the show still finished on time! Less commercials?
Not less commercials; just the way that digital video works. Whatever medium the episode is on--I'm assuming it's a disk--ran normally without interruption, but the problem was somewhere in the processing or transmission of the disk's content. So we only saw isolated bits and frames as the disk was playing, kind of like a strobe light that catches periodic flashes of action. If it were a videotape that was stopping and starting we'd see the every frame, just strung out over a longer time. I'm not an expert on this stuff by any means, but I think that's what happened.
The bad news is that when I was channel-hopping on Friday evening I saw the same thing happening to the show that they were broadcasting then (and the same message crawl was running). So let's hope we're not in for more of the same this week.
That would make sense. The pixelization in the freeze-ups wouldn't have been from an analog source, but if they recorded an analong tape from a satellite transmission then that would explain it. Even bad weather can screw those up. So the tape ran at normal speed but the material it had recorded was already broken up.
Fortunately, no problems with DJY last night so maybe we're clear of it. No engineer, wow that's a shame. Amazing that they manage to do as much as they do without one.