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Some movies and television in the past decade or so have focused a little too much on trying to have their plots make sense and even if they mostly succeed it doesn’t matter when you care so little for their characters.
But recently some media have taken the opposite course and focus more on making characters relatable and interesting, which is not bad whatsoever, but they are often sacrificing plot to do so.
Characters are put into situations and developed in such a way that invoke what many people relate to as “The Feels”.
The Feels can be any number of emotions that the characters invoke in the viewer: A heartfelt reunion, a dramatic death, birth of a child, loss of a relationship, etc.
Now these character arcs are often good, necessary, and should be considered and used in the recipe of a film/show. These are the flavor of a show. But a bowl full of flavor is just.., I don’t know, let’s say Ice Cream. Some people are fine with eating episode after episode of Ice Cream, but I believe, just like with real Ice Cream, that this is a not a healthy diet.
The Plot is the main course of our viewing. It’s the mental protein that as we watch a show/movie it exercises our minds and gives us something to consider afterward.
Now there are movies such as the Transformers franchise that are just Ice Cream and this is probably what most of you think of when it comes to no plot, just Feels, the Feels here being “Woo, explosions, robots, blerghy bloo”
The one I think of is Doctor Who.
Now some ‘Whovians” will argue that it being a show about Time Travel that one can’t argue against the plot since everything is “timey wimey”
Have you ever watched a movie/show where the ending is wrapped up with “It was just a dream”? Most of the time when we see that happen it is a viewed as lazy writing and a copout. Why? Because all the investment you’ve made in the characters, the plot, wondering how they’ll make it and then Wah Wah, turns out it all that doesn’t matter because it never happened!
Now take a look at the series ending for 5, 6, 7, heck, the 50th anniversary special. Everyone of them has been some form of the big reset button. What’s the Pandorica? Boom, reset the universe. The Doctor dies? Nope, pause time, turns out I was robot,teehee. Who’s this Clara? Why is she everywhere? The Doctor’s “grave” has his “time stream”. Woop, she hops into it and is poorly green screened into past episodes of the show and put our grubby little fingers into the entire canon ! And i know what would happen if someone hopped into it! Maybe I would have thought that this is a viable option for what is up with her in the first place considering i know everything about it.
Wait, this happened at the Doctor’s grave?! The Doctor dies?! Ha, Nope we’re going to change that too! Gallifrey sends him another regeneration! Wait, Gallifrey? I thought it was gone? Nope, even though that was the catalyst for the Doctor’s entire emotional arc in this new series, we undid that too! Oh, people weren’t satisfied with the Crack finish from 5? Turns out that was Gallifrey in there, somewhere.
And you can bet that whatever question is brought forth for this new Doctor it will probably wrapped up with something similar.
And an even sadder part for you “Feels” viewers? Do you even care about Clara? They barely tapped into whatever her normal everyday life was in the Christmas special. Oh well, we’ll keep watching, won’t we? Why? Haven’t a clue
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