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I get the feeling they're thinking forward just enough to employ proper foreshadowing and plotting, without hamstringing themselves by tying themselves to stories that might not really engage the audience. I think they've hit the serialized TV sweet spot.
Man, I want to express my disagreement with your review, Astaereth, but I keep being distracted by your confusing Santa Carla, the fictional town in the movie, with Santa Clara, an actual city. (Though the town is basically just Santa Cruz. Also, the boardwalk they use for the setting is totes awesome in real life, and the Giant Dipper is one of the best wooden coasters in the country.)
Short version: I agree there is some plot wonkiness and structural issues, but the film is so good at nailing the individual comedy and horror moments that I'm hard pressed to care.