Rockman wrote:Kid's entertainment is better than ever
Nice to see spine
I love when someone can disagree with me, though I wish you had elaborated more. I suppose it's just a matter of differing opinion but considering what else you had to say about YJ, I think your reasons for loving today's kids shows would have been an interesting read.
Anyrate, you and Herald are right about the "too many characters" in YJ. It was one of many flaws, but it was the one that annoyed a lot of people the most. There should be the main cast in spotlight, then everyone else who appears is only there to be tools to effect the main cast. Not too much screen time, nothing that outshines the main cast, and then they go away. Maybe the tools return, but only once in a while--only when they're NEEDED to make the main cast look good again. If they had done that, I think I really would have liked YJ a whole lot more. Maybe not a lot, depends on the writing style, but definitely would have been better.
If nothing else, the kids watching the show had some good mindless action in YJ. Even a friend of mine who loved the show admitted that she didn't care about the characters, she didn't even care who won the battles, as long as she got to see a fight--because every character was so watered down emotionally. Before she said that, I hadn't even thought about that POV. And mindless action was exactly what it was. The characters didn't fight with personality, they just went about the motions, with rare exceptions. I'm talking mostly the second season, of course. I don't recall enough about season one to really gauge it honestly. The episodes kinda blended together for me.
With better writing, they could have easily enough had that many characters in the show, but as I said, everyone NOT in the main team should have been downplayed, used only as tools. Which seems like what Herald said, more or less. It was trying to keep them all "in the game", give them all the same spotlight, that was the problem.
Also, characters like most of JL would have to have very small roles (or NO roles), because merely mentioning them steals the spotlight from the main characters--Batman and his buds are just too big in name. SAY his name and suddenly no one cares about anything else. "Wait--what about Batman?" Thoughts derail at that point.
But I'm an introvert and apparently we're all easily distracted, so maybe it's just me.... oh, wait, it's not! Any writer worth half their salt state complications like that when it comes to certain characters who have "presence." And I don't just mean comic book writers, novel writers have the same problem when they have well-developed characters who take on their own lives. Which is how Joe Hill's "Heart Shaped Box" horror novel came to be.
I do believe that more than one
set of writers had that problem with Slade. Which is why, with those writers, he was kinda shoved in the background more than they wanted him to be. It solved the problem. They could have done similar things to JL in YJ, at least more than they did. JL wasn't as big a problem as all the other throw-ins, so I don't really have much complaint about big names being in the show. Just how every character was handled, and how badly their personalities were filled out. Or not filled out enough.
Much as I didn't see reason enough for the show to get cancelled, it's true that the writers should have seen the end coming. For both the reasons Herald stated and the obvious way in which CN was handling the situation with YJ. I read an article that said the writers knew about the cancellation long before it happened. LONG before--as in: before season 2 even started. Yet they still thought that somehow it was going to get a season 3? Perhaps they were hoping the fanbase would save the show, since all of the YJ fans I know are practically rabid about it. To prepare for a "possible" new season is one thing, but to actually think it's going to happen with all the real-life crap that they went through... yeah, that was a bit stupid.
There were tons of major signs.
But I'm someone who aims for the best and expects the worst, and most people can't handle thinking along such realistically pessimistic lines. Perhaps they were living in a kind of dream world, which could explain how they thought that crowdfunding would work for so long before giving up on it (because the company refused to play ball, if I recall correctly), as well as certain other traits I noticed. I think the staff liked their show too much to see where it was going in the real world.
Thanks for that cover image, Herald.
I always thought Lagoon boy was creepy looking (I've only ever known the YJ show version), but on that Young Justice Special cover, he's actually kinda cute. Like a puppy. With gills.