Why is the first episode of a series called the pilot?
- Anonymous1 month ago
Powerless- Wayne or Lose
Chuck- Chuck vs the Intersect
Constantine- Non Est Asylum
Wonder Woman- Wonder Woman Meets Baroness von Gunther
Star Trek- The Man Trap
Superboy- The Jewel of Techacal
Shows that want to be unique and are usually good stay away from S1E1 titles called “Pilot”.
(There are definitely others, but these come to mind. Shows that make their first episode called Pilot, unless it centers around a pilot, end up falling for the status quo/popularity drill.)
- matthewfeinLv 71 month ago
It's when the series 'takes off.'
- PeteLv 72 months ago
The word 'pilot' has two definitions. The first and most common is the person who flies a plane... that is the wrong definition in this circumstance. The second definition is "a model or test version used before introducing something more widely". This is the correct definition when referring to a first episode.
- InquizetifLv 72 months ago
The stations wants to see if the series "will fly", be popular with the audience
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- KathyLv 72 months ago
Because that first episode determines if the show takes off or gets grounded.
- oldprofLv 72 months ago
A pilot episode is produced to sell the concept for a new series. Pilot episodes spend an inordinate amount of time introducing the main characters and setting the primary theme of the series. It's a marketing tool.
If the series is bought by the network, they will often start that series with the pilot that was used for marketing purposes. The rationale is that now the general audience will now need to be introduced to the main characters and the major theme of the series so that they will start to watch the series. And the pilot episode is ideal for that.
- oikoσLv 72 months ago
For the same reason you drill a "pilot" hole before driving a screw and light your stove from the "pilot" light and have your ship led into port by a "pilot" who knows the harbor.
- WinterRoseLv 72 months ago
How about "the tail" instead?
- megalomaniacLv 72 months ago
It is usually created before the series is "green lit". That means that pilots are one-off shows that serve as a kind of test case or application to the producers to see if they will fund the whole series. Most pilots never make it to a full series but if they do they usually serve as the first of the series.