Originally Posted by gorman42
This is so much more complex than what you are making it to be that I wouldn't know where to start. Do tell, though, what "social justice" has to do with fans lamenting a final season below expectations.
Not sure what the term "social justice" is meant to imply, but societies of persons exist as social constructs and are a fabric of interlocking laws, strictures, conventions, and customs, all of which are subsumed under the broader concept and implementation of "JUSTICE." The cohesiveness of that social fabric relies upon people of good faith and integrity living up to their social contracts which defines their own integrity and makes them worthy to be a thread in a much larger whole.
When fans impart to you their devoted hours and word of mouth, planting your creative efforts in the stream of cultural phenomena, I submit that a bond of trust engages, fiduciary duties and obligations ensue. Of course you can quite legally abrogate that tacit, though no less applicable, fundamental understanding, rendering you a person of low integrity, but of course this defines you as someone not worthy to hold your place in the tapestry of interwoven trust.
Did these writers in the end analysis betray their contract? Did the obligation they had set up prove unwieldy and did it then totally overwhelm them? Did they simply cash in after milking the thing for all it was worth? Was this a more or less classic bait and switch (long reviled as an onerous act)? Many found themselves betrayed in the end. The ultimate legacy of this show, meaning countless hours of a wide swath of persons' lives, not to mention the reputations of the show's creative personnel, now have been harmed.
Not rising to a cause of action through the courts, but I submit, one more instance of the tearing away of the social fabric, which diminishes us, even if not life and death.