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Just in case anyone here isn't aware of this, there's a strike going on right now in Europe in protest of Amazon's shitty treatment of their employees, and if you want to show support, not buying anything from them or using their websites during Prime Day is a good step. (This post isn't intended to shame anyone for using it, just to hopefully spread some awareness)
(Edit 16/09/18: I shouldn't have led off this argument about the nature of fandom with a subjective opinion about TLJ, but I don't have the energy to keep arguing about Star Wars - please don't respond to this.)
Alright, let's make it quick...Last Jedi was great, the amount of people who hated it is smaller than you think it is, the amount of people who hated it had little to nothing to do with Solo's poor performance, the amount of people who hated it will have little to nothing to do with Episode 9's performance, Kathleen Kennedy should not be fired for Crimes Against Star Wars or whatever and almost certainly won't be unless more films start bombing and critical response drops, and people really need to chill out about this whole Star Wars thing. Fandom has been having this exact same tired, circular argument for eight months now, and I honestly don't know what to say anymore. Positioning the people behind Star Wars as the evil Empire that need to be taken down? Calling for a woman who has overseen four films, three of which have been massive critical and commercial successes, to be sacked because you personally didn't like them? I don't understand it anymore. I mean, I get it, I like the films as they are now, so it's not like I'm going to have much to complain about, but I have to believe I wouldn't be acting like this even if I hated them.
Honestly, I'm just confused at this point. I really want to try and understand the mindset of someone who is so Mad About Star Wars that they're out here making YouTube videos metagaming the best way to take down Kathleen Kennedy and "save" the franchise, but I can't.
Fuck the idea that we should all just adopt a "wait and see" attitude and sit on the fence when these stories come out. If that happened, we'd all just be waiting for hard evidence which in most cases will never come, because this stuff is very hard, sometimes even impossible, to prove. Think of how many Me Too cases have resulted in actual legal action. Barely any, right? Most of the time, the dreaded boogeyman that is the "court of public opinion" is the only recourse we have to have any effect on these people - public outcry to get them removed from the situations in which they have power over women. Take that away and things will stay exactly as they are now.
Therefore, as much as it may seem like you're being even-handed and fair, an argument in favour of "waiting and seeing" is actually just an argument in favour of the status quo, which is that women are constantly subjected to physical, verbal and emotional abuse by men who face no consequences for their actions. That is finally, *finally* starting to change, and I have no respect for "whoa whoa whoa, maybe we should slow down a little" arguments.
Man, people sure were just waiting for a quality drop to get the knives out. Although it's not like I can blame you considering all we've been through with TWD. Still, I feel like I should clear up a few things:
- Again, Gimple is *not* the showrunner - he's an executive producer, and it's unclear exactly how much of a role he has. The actual showrunners are Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, taking over from Dave Erickson, who ran it for the first three seasons. While it's tempting to paint Gimple as this corrosive force who ruins any show he touches, eight years of behind-the-scenes bullshit with The Walking Dead should have made it clear that Gimple is a symptom of the problem, not the cause.
- I maintain the first few episodes of this season, plus the John Dorie/Laura spotlight a few weeks back, were legitimately very good, and had me excited for where this show was going. If I were optimistic I'd say the fact that those episodes were good shows that this is just a shaky transition with the new showrunners coming in and we'll get past it and on to better things. Unfortunately, what's more likely is that Fear has now hit the point The Walking Dead was at a few years ago - for each 8-episode stretch, a few are great, a few are okay, a few are bad: inconsistency across the board. This does not bode well for the future, considering The Walking Dead wasn't even able to maintain *that* level of quality, and instead just kept getting worse and worse. There's still a chance that things could turn around, but I'm not holding out hope at this point.
- Having said that, one thing you definitely can't pin on Gimple, or even on Chambliss and Goldberg, is Nick's death. It wasn't some dumb blunder they made - Frank Dillane asked to be written out, as confirmed in multiple interviews. In fact, everyone involved has been shockingly open and transparent about the whole thing, considering we've had radio silence from both the cast and AMC with regards to the recent TWD cast departures.
Anyway, with the main cast of The Walking Dead finally getting the message and fleeing the sinking ship, I doubt we'll even have a "franchise" to argue about for much longer. It's a shame - Fear really was good for a while there - but you can't say the AMC execs aren't getting what they deserve, at long last.
@Travis As someone who watched all the MCU films recently, most of them for the first time, in preparation for Infinity War: almost all of them are *at least* decent, although plenty of them do, as you said, feel a little disposable, at least in Phase 1 and 2. Phase 3, though, has been great; six films out so far and all of them good, and all distinct from each other in interesting ways.
As for what to see pre-Infinity War: in terms of following the plot, you could get away with just making sure you've seen everything in Phase 3 so far, plus Age of Ultron to give some context to Civil War. There are no bad films in that bunch. From what I can tell, Civil War, Guardians, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther seem to be the most important films to have seen going into Infinity War, so it sounds like you're most of the way there already. Maybe also read up on one of those articles explaining where all of the Infinity Stones are at this point in the timeline, since that can be kind of hard to keep track of across the films.
Of course, if you're insane like me, you could watch the lot of them, although it's a huge time sink, and you would be subjected to The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World, which is something no one deserves to endure.