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Martin Pollard

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  1. And in fact, the whole premise was turned around in "The Focus Attenuation": when the girls are in Vegas, it's Penny that's sober and in control, while Amy and Bernadette are shitfaced and totally out of control.
  2. Everybody can use that from time to time. Except for checking email and posting photos to Facebook, I was pretty much off the grid the entire week I was in Vegas. Very relaxing.
  3. As it has been since the beginning of television. The only negative feedback they pay any strict attention to is ratings; if they sink because of the direction they're going, they'll shift that direction. Screaming and hollering from a vocal minority of fans is never going to sway them (and, in fact, they can't allow it to sway them, otherwise they're shifting the story all over the place to suit the whims of the fans, and that way lies chaos). I know that some fans like to think that their complains have some influence over what happens, but trust me, it ain't happenin'.
  4. I'm truly amused by how some people insist on creating their own reality.
  5. This +googolplex. The only control fans have over the show is this one: watch, or don't watch. Producers aren't going to shift their tactics just because a vocal minority of fans shouts very loud; in point of fact, it's more likely that these fans will be ignored because they're acting like annoying pests. One's devotion and love for a show does not entitle you to a vote regarding how things on that show should be done... except, again, in one way: watch, or don't watch. That's it, period, full stop, end of story. (For anyone interested in both the good and bad in fandom, I recommend trying to find a copy of David Gerrold's The World of Star Trek. It may be out of print by now, but you might be able to find it on Amazon. In addition to a lot of behind the scenes detail about the production of the show, Gerrold -- the writer of the classic episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" -- devotes an entire chapter to Trek fandom, both the good and the bad. Especially poignant is the story about a young fan who had a rather uncanny resemblance to Spock, and enhanced it with a haircut and pointed ears. The effect on young women at the time was, ah, startling. In fact, he wanted to become Spock so badly that he actually attempted to suppress his emotions and wound up submerging who he really was in favor of the Spock persona. Unfortunately, that doesn't work when you're an emotional human being, so when he ran up against emotions that he couldn't handle as Spock, take a wild guess as to what his ultimate solution was to deal with the situation. Today's lesson in Fandoms Taken To Ultimate Extremes.)
  6. Meh, what does he know? Everyone knows that a small, yet vocal bunch of fans knows waaaay more than a mere producer of one of the most successful shows currently on television. Saying otherwise is just crazy talk!
  7. But a film conservator I knew made the remark no kid today can ever see the original Star Wars. Sad
  8. One of my favorite films. Didn't even bother to watch the TNT miniseries version, as that one did what a lot of remakes do: completely destroy the original premise in favor of being "topical" and "edgy" and "better." (Same goes for their version of Salem's Lot; the David Soul version from the 70's is the one I like. Nothing will make you piss your pants more than seeing Reggie Nalder's Nosferatu-like vampire suddenly pop into the frame, larger than life.) Yeah, that was one of the big changes cited by various people in the "anti-remastering" camp; first Lucas with Star Wars, then Spielberg with E.T. At least he had the good sense to include the original, unmodified version, unlike Lucas.
  9. I'm going to go out on a limb and speculate that this is the exact reason. Hatred of the LGBT community is higher than it's ever been these days, in my opinion, thanks to the likes of Fox "news" and hate radio spewing all sorts of hatred and garbage (racism, bigotry, misogyny, and more) and generally widening the divide between people in this country. I can easily see dear, sweet Auntie not wanting her precious snowflakes "corrupted" by "The Gay Agenda." She'd probably feel the same way about Will & Grace if it was airing today instead of in the 90's.
  10. You aren't seeing "the fandom," at least not as a whole. You're seeing a handful of people in this forum being as loud as possible about these things because of their perceived lack of whatever it is they're complaining about (which, at the moment, is Leonard/Penny). It's not representative of fandom as a whole, not by a long shot (and I say this with the experience of someone who's participated in quite a few fandoms and seen the same things play out, with minor deviations, over and over again; to quote another fandom, all this has happened before, and will happen again). If it's getting to you, use your ignore list, as I have; partial conversations that you enjoy reading are a lot better than entire conversations that depress you and/or piss you off.
  11. @itwasdestined, I've already taken a step: I've put everyone that's harshing my buzz into my ignore list, and will continue to add more if I have to. Sure, it's an extreme step, but I'm determined to continue to enjoy myself here, and if that means dealing with half-conversations because I've blocked out all the participants in this forum who are bound and determined to make everyone else as miserable as they are, c'est la vie.
  12. Yes, it's very serious. It's serious enough for some people to use that term when describing this season. It's serious enough for some people to threaten to leave forever if things don't go their way. It's serious enough that its presence in these forums is ruining the enjoyment of both the forums and this show for some people. Believe me, it doesn't get any more serious.
  13. Well, these days they're both full of the stuff the camera might encounter on its journey, so...
  14. Tell me about it. Next year will be the big 5-0 for me. Not looking forward to the procedure where a camera will be going on a journey that I'd never take.
  15. "A man has got to know his limitations." -- "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), Magnum Force
  16. Actually, that's perfect. Lets her know that a fan is thinking of her, yet gives her the freedom to not respond if she wishes (or respond if she wishes). A win-win all around.
  17. Wait, when did Fox become a news station? And for the record, I thought this was a good episode. Not a great episode, but a good one. (My wife and I had some laughs.) I certainly don't think it's the unmitigated disaster that some people believe it to be.
  18. Naturally. No one's immune from it. If we were, there'd be a lot less tension in the world. It would be a case of both hypocrisy and logic-turning, if you stated your displeasure for being told such a thing, then turned right around and did the same thing to the person in question. You would have engaged in hypocritical behavior during the attempt at turning the logic around on the other person. Quite the complex situation.
  19. All the more reason to just let it be. Whatever is going on will resolve itself in due time. Getting worried and upset over something that you can't do anything about (and is none of our business anyway) is pointless. And weren't some of us just saying not too long ago that Mayim should lean to practice that whole "discretion is the better part of valor" thing when it comes to social media? Now that it seems like she's doing just that, some people are upset about it. Poor woman can't win for losing.
  20. Accepted. My reaction was mainly to your tone than your opinions, the way you essentially "patted phanta on the head and sent her away so that the rest of us can talk sensibly." More than a few people here feel that their negative opinions are being stifled and ignored, but how is it any different when positive opinions are being similarly dismissed (and for flimsy reasons such as "they went to the taping" and "they never seem to say anything negative")? Do you not see the hypocrisy in such actions?
  21. It was phanta's first taping, therefore all of phanta's opinions about this episode are biased and and invalid and cannot be taken seriously. Got it. Sorry, but it is most certainly not being "universally panned" by "all factions of the fandom." The fact that there are people here who enjoyed the episode puts the immediate lie to that claim. (Today's lesson: "Be careful when dealing in absolutes, lest you end up looking foolish.")
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