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Wellll… August and “Mr. Roboto”:July 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm in reply to: The Official Doctor Who Thread: Born To Save The Universe #347713May 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm in reply to: Adam and Eddy's Next Project: "Amazing Stories" Reboot #347551
I think this anthology format will work well for them. They’re good at worldbuilding, an impressive skill on its own. I think anyone would have trouble keeping a story premise going for seven years, but that’s not an issue if it gets reset every episode.
Can we even play this game in the age of #MeToo?
I’m a man, so I’d better not in any case.
You know, if Regina was trapped in her personalized punishment book, it would look like this. Give her all the power she ever wanted, and more — so that she can’t take pity on herself in pretending to be a victim for not getting a happy ending to her murder spree — and keep calling her “The Good Queen” (instead of just “The Queen”) to remind her that nobody will ever forget her as “The Evil Queen”. And a magical red feather, like an author’s quill dipped in blood, to remind her of the illusion and of lost opportunities.May 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm in reply to: 7×22 "Leaving Storybrooke" Favorite/Least Favorite Moments #347503
I think that to be effective, entertainment needs to surprise. I like to guess how plot threads will resolve. I’d say OUAT continued to provide that experience through all seven years.
The risk in authors writing new surprises is that very often it’ll flop for other reasons. For authors to adjust their direction to stick with what’s safe and popular, however, ensures that there’ll be no surprises at all.
As a case in point, Neal was a second-season addition. Although he got a few mentions in first season, he didn’t coalesce into a fully-developed character until they hired the actor, learned about his strengths, and wrote his scripts. If they should’ve frozen the show’s progress after he became popular, to prevent changes to his part of the story, then they really ought to have frozen it before. But then we would’ve been watching the paint dry on a painting for the next several years.May 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm in reply to: 7×22 "Leaving Storybrooke" Favorite/Least Favorite Moments #347500
Nothing about this show is remotely the writers original vision. They haven’t stayed true to their vision since Season 2.
I guess it’s not original in the sense that it wasn’t written all at once, but writing and producing a show takes time, so I don’t count that. We’re still hearing about how the creators are wrong for not featuring more of certain characters, but that would have been made-to-order fanfic instead of original vision.