When and why did these swooping views of buildings become the standard transition between scenes on TV shows, fictional or reality? Couldn't they come up with something original?
On Arrow (highly recommended for hot guys, otherwise OK), the setting is a fictional city so they show scenes from different cities each time, to create a sense of "elsewhere."
I just think it has something to do with creating a sense of the Epic. It started back in the 80s when we were given shots of huge city buildings to connote Power (like on Dallas or Dynasty). Now we are given much more sleek and "cool" sweeps of the modern landscape to satisfy the more technological tastes of the audience. We are all visual now more than ever; we are less cerebral.
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Why does "Judge Judy" show New Yorks scenes when everyone know the show tapes at Sunset Bronson studios in LA?
Helicopter shots are satisfying to make and fun to watch.
I like the shots of DC that introduce segments on Scandal. It helps to know when to stop the DVR when FF'ing through commercials.