I hope I put this in the right place. Anyway, there's something I guess I understand, but don't totally agree with.

Over and over I've heard about a story/screenplay needing a sub-plot. Right now, I'm watching "The Unit" on TV. I'm just wondering if this is the 'modern' way to write. This show is not 'a story.' It is two different stories in the same show. Totally unrelated, totally separate. The truth is, I find it aggravating. I'm watching this show to see "The Unit." However, they keep changing to what the wives are doing, which has nothing to do with what The Unit is doing. As a viewer, I'm finding myself being confused by trying to keep up with two completely different stories within one show.

I could understand if what the wives are doing would, in some way, have something to do with what their husbands are doing. This, however, is not the case. Neither has anything to do with the other. In fact, just as the story gets going, they switch to the other one....then back and forth, back and forth.

Am I missing something, or are there others who feel the same way? A sub-plot I can understand (what's going on between two or more people involved in the main plot). However, two totally different stories within the same show just aggravates me (I tuned in to watch The Unit, and want to keep up with what they're doing). So, what is the point in this type of writing? As I said in the beginning, am I missing something? I guess I could use some enlightenment on this.

Thanks for any thoughts....