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So, the CW already picked up The Originals as a show for next fall Season. Hm, the ratings weren`t good and the reception wasn`t exactly warm. I can still see why they did it but surely, they made their decision before airing it in this case? Personally, I will likely give it a shot because I`m one of the few people left who likes the characters and sees (more) potential in them if they removed from TVD - lets face it, their prospects would always be stifled there on account of their roles in the story.

However, I thought Plec was either drunk or insane writing it. The magical baby??? That is probably the most well-known show-killer of genre fare in TV history. It sinks aging shows when writers are getting desperate and scrambling for story. This is the Pilot though. If we have reached the bottom of the barrel already, I`d say it`s time to worry. This might be the third oddest writing choice I have ever seen. You are free to guess who my number one and two are.

Also renewed: CW`s Beauty and the Beast. Hm, I don`t mind too much but that doesn`t leave much slots open for next Season and didn`t the CW have a couple cool-sounding genre Pilots in the pipeline?



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Apr. 27th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I'm curious! :-) What are your top two odd writing choices? (I can't even guess... there are too many possibilities!)
Apr. 27th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Number one is basically SPN`s one-sided division of plot and emo for 8 years in a row. They changed showrunners three times and it`s still the same fucking nonsense it always was.

Number two is the Series Finale of the Enterprise show. I have seen bad final episodes but not actually ones that were about a different show.
Apr. 27th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, SPN was pretty bad. I attribute that to consistent incompetence on the part of the writers, really.

I just thought of Smallville - one of the biggest plotting fails in my book. They completely squandered the potential the show built in S1 (mostly be benefit of good luck, chance and the actors) and totally failed to accomplish anything they tried to accomplish with the narrative. Including but not limited to: showing Lex as actually "evil" (he came across as the wronged party, with Clark the hypocritical, self-righteous, two-faced user). Making Lana interesting and believable as a love-interest (she was both bland and creepy, and everyone preferred Chloe, who as a result got less air-time to boost Lana's appeal). And so forth and so on...

Never watched Enterprise - but it sounds like that was a good choice!

OMG - I forgot. X-Files. X-Files is definitely right up there in my top 3 of all-time incomprehensible plot decisions. OMFG that was such incredible sewage.

Edited at 2013-04-27 10:52 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
I hated season 1 and 2 of Enterprise, but season 3 was great once they changed showrunners to Manny Coto.
I am not exactly sure, but I think it happened in the middle of the season, and in instantly shows. Season 4 was great, too, but the old showrunners took over for the final episode, and turned it into one last FUCK YOU! to all people who liked Enterprise. Basically, they took an old - and one of the worst episodes of TNG - got themselves Deanna Troi and Riker and built an whole episode around them doing something while mentioning the old Enterprise crews.
Worst series finale I ever watched.

Edited at 2013-04-28 04:41 am (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
I even liked that old TNG ep but this must have been the most respectless Finale towards a show and its actors I have ever seen.

And what they did with Trip was just the most deliberate mean thing ever. Fuck you, Bermaga.

Back when Stargate Universe was in development the producers sneered at SGA, too, and it certainly got really crappy and the Finale was "meh" but at least it still was about the SGA show. Good God.
Apr. 28th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, the Enterprise finale sounds horrible - were they intentionally getting revenge for being replaced...? Truly incredibly bad style, and both childihly mean and pointlessly destructive.
Apr. 28th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
Smallville might be my number 4, for the reasons you outlined. They tried to build up the epic friendship in Season 1 and then ran screaming from it ever since. And yup, I rooted for Lex to kill them all.

Honorary mention has to go to Merlin, too. Their "take" on the Arthurian legend was to take the beginning and make it different and then immediately go to the end and NOT make it different, taking out everything in between that made the legend A legend in the first place.

It only works for me if I think their version was never about the legend at all but was supposed to be about a love story between the main characters. In that case it works. Kinda.

X-Files just got so bogged down by its own mythology and too many renewals. It`s a more common writing failure to see.
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Merlin - fortunately I stopped watching the show fairly early on, but that is truly WTF, and an incredible shame. It's always worse when there is so much potential, and the people in charge totally squander it. (Heroes did that, too, but it wasn't ever a truly great show IMO, so it didn't hurt me quite as much.)

On XF: Yes, it did have an overambitious mythology that was never even the slightest bit thought-out and so crashed and burned pitifully when it came time to resolve it. But I was thinking of the way the show jumped the shark before that came to pass, in the ep where the disappearance of Samatha Mulder was retroactively changed around to be the work of a mundane serial killer.

It didn't fit *anything* that had gone before that touched on Sam - and there had been a lot. It didn't even fit the previous ep, where a lot of supernatural things happened that could not be explained by the mundane serial killer resolution.

And of course, in the course of all this bullshit Samantha turned up as a ghost to get her brother to stop agonizing over her, which was the most bizarre and unfitting thing ever - all because evidently the writers couldn't be bothered with the Sam plotline anymore, and had no idea how to resolve it.

So yeah. That one, along with a number of similarly stupid "resolutions", puts XF firmly in my top 3.
Apr. 28th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
I can`t even remember that about Sam Mulder, though I did watch the entire show. So I must have already been mentally tuned out by then. Guess that`s why it didn`t make my list.

From what I remember about the mythology, though, it sounds like bullshit.
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Wasn't there a remake of Danni Lowinski planned by CW? What happened to that one???
Apr. 28th, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
I don`t know, I remember "The Tomorrow People" and "The 100", both kind of superhero-shows in origin, then "Oxygen" which was something with aliens.

They seem to try to be establishing themselves as a small genre network, like the WB was. Which I wouldn`t mind. I would kill for a decent Sci-Fi show at this point.
Apr. 28th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
AFAIK, "The 100" is a sci-fi where teenage delinquents are sent in a space ship to repopulize Earth. I'm interested in it only because of Kelly Hu and Paige Turco. Unfortunately, Isaiah Washington is in it too, so...
Apr. 28th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay, I couldn`t remember what it was about, just that it was genre.
Apr. 28th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
I've been hearing a lot about "Orphan Black", though I haven't watched it yet - but it's supposed to be very good. And have you checked out "Defiance"? (I haven't yet... but I plan to!)
Apr. 28th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Haven`t watched "Orphan Black", maybe I`ll check it out though I would prefer to have a real Sci-Fi show around. There is just nothing on like this right now, nada. They could make a new Star Trek and I`d welcome it.

That`s why I checked out Defiance for it has at least an inkling of real Sci-Fi with aliens and so on. But it is honestly more of a Western. Very Firefly-ish in that regard if they had just stayed on some backwater planet. Confusing, though. I don`t need a lot of exposition but two episodes in and I had to google how many alien races there are and what they are called. As well as the backstory about them.

I`d say it`s okay but nothing special.
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