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|Flying Monkey||Oct 30 2008, 09:19 AM|
I appear elsewhere you just havenít noticed. Am I required to make a certain number of posts or types of posts before I can disagree with someone and state an opposing view?
Well Iíve been lurking around the net since around í95 and reading the mags since the early Ď80ís (since R&M ushered in the supercouple era) and guess what, people complained and people picked the show apart then too. The difference between then and now is that there wasnít nearly as much to pick at, unlike today. The fans donít have to know more than what they see on their screens to make up their minds about things. What is it that you know now that you didnít know then thatís change your opinion of the era? I canít fathom what you could have possibly discovered that would make you change your mind so long after the fact. You say you look at things with a more critical eye then why do you continually complain when people pick things apart with a critical eye?
Youíre right he stayed out of things during the late '80's and early Ď90ís, but he most certainly didnít have to. Things were running smoothly and so Ken could kick back and rake in the money without having to do anything. It wasnít until Reilly quit that Corday was forced to take an active hand in the show and thatís when it all began to unravel.
There was no ďgreat ratings upturnĒ of the Ď90ís. The ratings stayed pretty consistent throughout all of the Ď90ís. Same with B&Cís tenure, the ratings did not go up, they went down a little and then were consistent. Funny I donít remember critical or fan acclaim for their year at the helm, if the critics and the fans were so enamored with them then why were they fired. And I won't accept that a handful of rabid fans pulled that one off.
Okay, weíll use this time frame now. Days certainly didnít start then stop Jope. That story began just as Reilly was on his way out and lasted for nearly four years. So let me see if I have this straight. For four torturous years J&M fans and Bope fans just sat idly by while all this transpired without a word. Then on a whim they decide to up and complain about Zackís paternity and were immediately heard and suddenly catered to. Um, I donít think so. That was simply a case of a new head writer realizing and trying to right a wrong. If Days listened to and catered to those fans you mention then Jope would have ended as soon as it was begun and would not have dragged on for four years.
If Days were so easily spooked by fan base reaction they would never have attempted those stories in the first place. You donít know that those stories were stopped by fan base response. The more likely culprit in all of this are the writers themselves and their inability to plot and carry out a storyline start to finish. Trying to please everyone is a fairly recent development and isnít that something youíre constantly going on about? Giving everyone their chance in the spotlight, theyíre chance to ďshineĒ? No matter how or insignificant or unpopular the character is with the majority of the audience?
I merely asked a question about the veiled statement that you made. You do say that the TBTP are to blame for listening to and catering to fan bases, ultimately making said fan bases the bad guy in all this. I think the reverse is true, TPTB are to blame for not listening to and attempting to cater to the majority of the fans.
Again, youíre reflecting the mentality that this is like little league where everyone gets the chance to play. Trying to please everyone rather than the majority, the very thing you claim is ruining the show. I donít consider it being disrespectful in the least especially since I am a fan of several supporting characters. Itís simply a reality.
That sounds to me like more of the ďtrying to please everyoneĒ mentality again. Besides ensemble meaning a united group performance it also means a cast other than the principals. In case you havenít noticed Days has been ďpassing the torchĒ for close to ten years now, starting with the Langan era and thatís is primarily the reason the show is where it is today. When Doug and Julie were pushed into the background, the fans didnít seem to mind (myself included) unlike the fans of ďother couplesĒ who do mind, very much (again myself included).
I wouldnít put much stock in a small rise in a fickle demo group. Here today, gone tomorrow and weíre left with the fallout. You can consider if a victory if youíd like, but itís hollow and meaningless in the grand scheme of things. I would also disagree that now magically the stories have direction, all I see is more of the same. The Trent murder story is all over the board, just like all the other stories currently being featured. Centered around a host new characters and relatively new characters that the audience doesnít give two shits about.
I wonít go as far as to solely blame Higley for the starting and stopping and changing horses in midstream. Thatís a phenomenon was started back during Langanís reign of terror and has continued through to this day. Some worse than others.
I have no idea what youíre referring to about being hard to invest and giving away the endgame of a story.
Trust me, I do skip it. Actors blogs are different from a writers blog. People are interested in the actors and in their personal lives because they are on our screens. I do not believe that many people are interested in what Higleyís kids are doing, or what the key grip or best boy had for dinner last night. Why isnít Higleyís blog on the NBC site if itís just supposed to be fluff like all the rest? And I havenít seen anyone demanding or even implying that she should give away anything in her blog.
Of course actors/writers are limited in what they can and cannot say about the show thatís ancient news. Everyone has always been interested in the actors and their lives. Caring about a writer in that way is a wholly new paradox. No one clamors to know about writers, most people donít even know their names because the audience doesnít care about them in the same way they do about actors. I donít need to connect to who Higley is, I only need to connect with what she writes and I canít. Perhaps she feels if she can elicit enough sympathy the audience about her personal life they wonít be so critical of her writing and again she would be barking up the wrong tree. Again I donít think that anyone is suggesting that she ďgive awayĒ anything or reveal too many specifics.
Lastly, I know that Ted Corday passed away and I also know that Betty Corday staunchly maintained that she was following Tedís bible, his plans, his methods, his visions, making them essentially one in the same.
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