Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged
LOL ... Life is too short. The day is too short. And there really are many alternatives. My DVR overfloweth.
Therefore, I can only assume that there must be some new internet age sport in trying to tweek people who actually like (or at least don't "hate") a show.
That or you're secretly a professional reviewer that actually gets paid to watch and hate shows ... or perhaps a it's a dorm room drinking game?
Otherwise, I just don't get the self-flagulation (sic). YMMV.
Or, it could be some of us are desperate for anything SciFi because we really like SciFi. As a result, we watch but really want it to be better for the sake of the genre.
I think the problem here is certain people latch onto a show as if they actually have a job on it and take even legitimate criticism as being hating.
Don't get me wrong, I get just as annoyed as anyone by those who either a) have stopped watching and still gripe or b) keep saying it sucks and they'll stop watching but ever follow through.
The problem is, anytime someone complains about a particular plot point, character, etc., someone on the extreme other side has to pop up and tell us not to watch as if that's the only only option.
Being critical doesn't mean we hate it. Loving my dog doesn't mean I have to like it if he chews my slippers or pees on the rug. It doesn't mean I should give up and take him to the pound.
We live in a social world now, where show runners have to (and do) pay attention to what fans are saying about their shows. Bad word of mouth spreads like wild fire now, as does the good. You want people to say good things about your show everywhere, not just in the message boards controlled by the network or the studio. You can't substitute fan appreciation with heavy moderation.
In short, I think it's just as important for the people who are perfectly happy with a show to accept valid critiques of elements of a show as it is for those who have complaints to specifically name them and suggest an alternative. Simply saying a show sucks isn't valid criticism nor is suggesting people with complaints should stop watching.
Many of us were looking forward to this show and find ourselves disappointed at the times when great potential goes unfulfilled due to easy to fix issues.