Monday, July 11, 2016

The Price of SJW Convergence At The BBC

The cost of Social Justice is about half your audience.

Top Gear is the classic example of a cash cow that was sent to the slaughter house. When Jeremy Clarkson slapped a producer, the SJWs at the BBC felt they had a golden opportunity to create their of dream of Eco-Feminist Top Gear (*not Cataline's best work but a couple of you liked it*). Alpha male Clarkson was replaced with Gamma male Chris Evans. I managed to watch one episode. One was enough and I wasn't alone there. The ratings were a highspeed crash. At this point they are giving up and turning the show over to Joey.

Doctor who has had worse problems.


I preferred being the the really annoying old school Whovian.  "You weren't there man!  You weren't there when Tom Baker offered his enemies a Jelly Baby!  You don't care, man!  You don't know what it's all about!"  It's my hobby don't judge me but none the less I've enjoyed the revival episodes more than I care to admit.  Even if the Doctor and I go back a long way.

I first became aware of Doctor Who in preadolescence.  Believe it or not from the non-cannonical Peter Cushing movies.

As silly as Grand Moff Doctor's movies were, there was something there that fascinated little Cataline. It had the flavor of Thunderbirds and UFO.  It was science fiction that wasn't Star Trek.  Since there were only 72 episodes of that, Little Cataline was grateful for anything new.

Elder Cataline would have recognized the echos of British Science Fiction reflected on the show.  The vastness of time being one the most persistent of these tropes.  American science fiction always seems to hang up at the four hundred year mark.  Possibly a reflection of the influence of John W. Campbell.  Or possibly it's just something in the American psyche that is different from it's Brit counterpart.   When you live in a towns that are two thousand years old it changes your perspective.

There was no way at all to see the actual BBC episodes in the U.S. until after Star Wars first came out. Then there was frantic rush by content providers to find anything science fictiony that was above all things cheap.

And boy did Doctor Who ever fit that nitch!

Kneel before the codpiece of doom, hoomans!

However as cheap as the costumes and sets were, the show was actual science fiction.  I mean with science and everything.

That was different.

"Star Wars is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters is obscurantist drivel; Star Trek can turn your brains to purée of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up!" -- Harlen Ellison

We were kind of lucky in America because we got to skip the shows growing pains.  From it's Quatermass tribute band origins (Hartnell), to it's first painful reboot (Troughton), to it's silly pseudo spy show days (Pertwee).

We got to miss all of that.  We got to start with Tom Baker (AKA the only real Doctor Who).  

Okay, his start was little shaky too.

 The brilliance of Baker's performance was that his Doctor was not a funny looking human.  He liked us but he wasn't one of us.  He brought the alieness of being an alien trapped on Earth to the fore.

The scripting was pretty good too considering the Brit's thought of it as just a kid's show.

Douglas Adams used to write for the show, The Pirate Planet while being profoundly silly was also very interesting from a nuts and bolts science perspective.  City of Death was actually pretty good all around without being silly at all.  Douglas Adams went on mine his Doctor Who episodes for the rest of the his career.

However, all good things must come to an end.  Production costs (even for a kid's show) were rising but the audience wasn't growing.  And the truth was some of it's creative people had been on that treadmill for way too long.

When Doctor Who was canceled in 1989 there was a lot of crying but there was also  a feeling in the air of, maybe it's for the best.  

It was in many ways a daytime kid's soap opera.  One that always had a lefty slant.

When the property was revived in 2005, the lefty slant didn't take long in making itself felt again.

Again, I didn't mind.  I had a childhood friend back,

Kiiind of...
...I guess.

However as the new show progressed it became exceptionally Progressive.  It has become a lot more difficult for me to ignore the politics.

The Doctor has now killed billions and yet remains incredibly self righteous and unbelievably condescending  towards the military. He will unhesitatingly use a Dalak laser arm but freaks out if anyone tries to hand him a pistol.

I suppose, I could learn to live with it, if it wasn't for the fact the plots are now completely repetitive.

MacGuffin problem is presented.
Doctor: I will not interfere for I am a Time Lord and this is not our way

MacGuffin progresses the problem is worsened
Doctor: I shall not interfere for I am a Time Lord and this is not our way

MacGuffin has reached it's endstate and the heroes are at their lowest point. 
Doctor: I must not interfere for I am a Time Lord and this is not our way

Doctor:  Now, I can interfere!

A duex ex machina solution to this week's story line then comes vaulting out of the TARDIS. And this is from Steven Moffat, whose previous work I have loved.  Repetitive character arcs have now replaced actual plotting. Something bad happens to talent when it's owner gets an OBE. Matt Smith was right to bail after only three years.

The problem is that after David Tennent and Matt Smith, the female members of the audience were used to young and sexy Doctor Who.  Peter Capaldi did not fit that bill.

Then there is the companion, Clara.  Originally brought on board as a love interest for Matt Smith, she has turned effortlessly into a self satisfied little SJW if ever I saw one and Doctor Who has now effectively become the Clara Oswald show.

The most pointless character was Clara's boyfriend.  A black guy with cuckface. Danny Pink (oh, the irony!) a solider with hilariously great big heaping gobs of PTSD because when he was clearing a house he killed a kid by accident.  Now it would make a certain degree of sense to bring in a young actor to do the action scenes that Capalid simply can't at his age.  But he never did anything like that at all, ever.  And this bitch cried all over the place the whole fucking time.  I really wasn't buying into him as a hard bitten man of action.


As I've said, I've like Moffat's work in the past and his first three seasons of Doctor Who were great.  But these last two have been catastrophic and it's because of the decisions that he has made.  There is no putting this failure on anyone else's shoulders.  This one is on him.

The show has always been lefty but this last season in particular it turned into an SJW trope factory.  Almost every episode was geared towards the preservation of the social justice delusion bubble.  It became an unwatchable propaganda mill.  I don't know if that was Moffat himself, it may well be that he was pressured by the BBC to produce this crap.

But one thing is clear; Moffat has lost his passion for the property and is trying to find inspiration anywhere that he can.  Hence the show turning into the Adventures of Clara Oswald.  However, Jenna Coleman had the brains to bale before anyone started blaming her for killing Doctor Who.

Which left the comedy team of Moffat and Capaldi to be the target of all the rotten tomatoes. 

Capaldi is out.  The first Doctor since Hartnell to be fired.  He couldn't get a handle on the part even after two years.  Naturally he is getting a third year because SJWs always double down.  But there appears to be a limit even for a converged organization.

So who do they replace him with?

Well it appears that the guy who replaced Matt Smith may well be replaced by...Matt Smith.

 It's Hail Mary Time at the BBC

If there’s one thing that fans have come to expect from Doctor Who it’s that the cast will continue to change as the years go by. The Doctor’s companions come and go, and every few years The Doctor himself sheds his current look and (literally) becomes a new person. There’s always a lot of speculation about what form The Doctor will take with each upcoming regeneration, since every time The Doctor’s form and personality changes. Or does it?

Comments from Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat seem to suggest that The Doctor might slip back into an old familiar face once Peter Capaldi leaves the role. Instead of casting a new actor or actress to play The Doctor, the role might revert back to Matt Smith (who played the Eleventh Doctor before Capaldi took over the role).

According to The Mirror, Moffat has hinted that Smith might return to the show after Capaldi exits. Moffat also described Smith’s departure from the role three years ago, and how he wasn’t able to get the actor to stay; he described it as a tough time, saying “It felt like everything was blowing up around me.” Of course, Smith has since expressed regret for leaving the show when he did, and as Moffat put it is “quite open about how much he misses it, and how much he wishes he hadn’t left.”

Of course, Moffat’s hints at a possible return of Matt Smith doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll see the actor waving his Sonic around anytime soon. So far we’ve never seen The Doctor regenerate into a form that he’s used before, though it was hinted in the 50th anniversary special that The Doctor would “revisit a few favorites” in his future. There’s also a precedent for familiar faces turning up in the show, as Capaldi himself was on the show previously (albeit as a different character) and had a brief identity crisis at the beginning of his run where he tried to figure out why he had that face.

When Karen Gillan left the show, she went to America and immediately landed a gig as a major supporting character in a Marvel movie. Matt Smith thought that was a pretty good deal and bailed on the show with great big American dollar signs in his eyes

Matt landed a major supporting character in a terrible Terminator movie.

His next role was in Pride and Predjudice and Zombies. After that he was playing a photographer that no one remembers in an art-house flick no one ever saw.

Matt is, understandably, at this point questioning his career choices.

Now in normal times, the BBC would have simply told Matt to pound sand when he came  sniffling around and moaning about how sorry he was to have left the show.

But when the Titanic's propellers out of the water, it's not normal times.

So for the first time we are presented with the real possibility of a resurrected Doctor Who persona. This does not indicate an air of confident forward thinking. This is clearly and obviously desperation.

Which is the inevitable result of SJW demands meeting the unforgiving real world of the market place.

So long as the BBC's current leadership stays in place, things will only get worse.

1 comment:

Atum Mirabilis said...

And they got worse. Enter Feminist Jodie Whittaker, first female doctor, and she doesn't want you to fear her gender...sad. For the first time in a decade, CANCELLATION is a buzz word on the table..