From the STAR WARS films to X-Men comics, Flash Gordon serials to Doctor Who and Deep Space Nine TV stories, I've always been a fan of telling a story in which fairly short installments end with either a cliffhanger or opening for other chapters in a story to be told. The Pro's of this imo are that there's always more story to tell, the mythos the story grows out of seems deeper than mere episodic storytelling for the most part, and if done well, they lead you into actually wanting to find out more about various topics. The Cons are that the further installments can become burdened by the past stories, overly repetitive, convoluted, self-referential or fan-pleasing at the expense of a potential new audience or new story elements, and you never reach the true end of the tale. It seems like a lot of TV shows especially have become semi-cliffhanger, in that a story arc happens over the course of a season, but you need not watch every episode except a few key examples, to get the larger story, and each episode usually has closure in and of itself. Do you prefer more hybrid stories, employing a loose story arc formula, more cliffhanger stories, or more episodic stories, where each segment is self-contained and only the most modest of changes takes place in the central story or characters' lives (a la Star Trek: TNG), and why ?