Dang all these spoiled rotten adults - Denny Scott editorial
One of my favourite television shows is the now-discontinued medical comedy Scrubs. I enjoyed it since it first came on the air in October, 2001 right through to its eight season (though it went to nine).
Good shows are difficult to run, but even more difficult to end in a satisfying way and, in my opinion, Scrubs found that perfect balance at the end of its eighth season with a heartfelt farewell.
Season nine however… it’s suffice to say that if I’m ever talking about Scrubs, I’ll say, for me, it ended with season eight because season nine diverged from the main characters, looking to start something new that just didn’t work out.
This was 2010 when the show ended and the idea of signing a petition, requesting that the creators “do a better job” was unheard of. If a show was bad, people stopped watching (as they did with season nine, which is why there isn’t a season 10).
It reminds me of a debate I got into with a friend about Stephen King novels. I love his work, but I always found that his endings lacked something.
This was especially true with his saga The Dark Tower series. The final book actually has two endings: one that King says is the “true” ending, and an epilogue that sees the main character repeating the whole story over again, with just a small change to the back story (and we’ll never know how that played out).
That’s King’s creative vision, however, and, beyond that, his right to write his stories as he sees fit. That series ended in 2004, 13 years before the highly controversial movie of the same title came out (following a parallel universe kind of story).
My experience with Scrubs and The Dark Tower series go to show you how much the world has changed in the last 10 to 15 years.
Over the weekend, the television show Game of Thrones, based on the George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book
series, wrapped up, but even before the final episode aired, people had set up a petition asking for the last season to be completely recreated.
There’s likely a few reasons for this, chief among them is the fact that George R.R. Martin’s writings hasn’t yet caught up to the seasons. (Also, the fact that some modern-day items, including a branded coffee cup and water bottles, were accidentally left on-screen during the medieval television show.)
“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss [the show’s writers] have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” the petition’s author, Dylan D. says. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
Dylan later explained that he needs the show, as well as a Star Wars television show that may follow, to “escape” from “awful crap going on in the world.”
Dylan is, in my opinion, completely indicative of what’s wrong with the mind set of many people in the western world: there’s a generation of spoiled rotten brats walking around calling themselves adults.
Anyone is allowed to like or hate television, movies, music, books or video games, but to ask for something to be redone just because you don’t like it (regardless of how many people agree) is the epitome of selfishness.
To me, the entire Game of Thrones fandom (or fan kingdom, as it were) is mind-boggling because, despite the fact that so many of them hate this season, the number of people watching continues to go up and up and, according to a couple news reports, that’s due to people “hate-watching” the television show.
Hate watching is when someone tunes into a show just to see how bad it is.
Hate-watching can be fun sometimes. There are movies out there that are so bad that they just need to be experienced, especially with friends. However, tuning in week after week just to find out what’s wrong with something (unless you’re a media critic) is just encouraging the show’s creators to keep doing what they’re doing because, in the end, success is based on viewer numbers. How bad Game of Thrones may have become was due to people watching it to complain about it.
Unfortunately, like a lot of evil in the media world, I believe the kind of entitled bullying Dylan and his ilk present can be traced back to Electronic Arts (EA).
Back in 2012 Bioware, a video game production company owned by EA, put out Mass Effect 3, the final installment in a well-received trilogy.
When Mass Effect 3 was first released, it was done so with an ending that a lot of players didn’t enjoy. While I was on the fence about it, a lot of people moaned and complained until EA, likely worried about possible spin-off games (and the money) released downloadable content that would change the ending to something they hoped fans would appreciate more.
In my opinion, that decision set the stage for this kind of whining where people expect an ending that fulfills them personally, rather than tell the story, and that’s a world in which I don’t want to live.