Tags: west wing

exasperated lantern, katma tui, in untranslatable in untranslatable

Oh Aaron no

I liked Aaron Sorkin a lot more before Studio 60 made his issues a lot more obvious and out in the open than they needed to be. Don't get me wrong: when he's good, he's very very good, but when he's bad ...

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{*} I am catching up with pre-Geoff-Johns-reboot Green Lantern a bit and finally read Kyle's intro story the other day, so I have first hand experience of the template for this one. I did not realise quite how true it was, because they really, really sell you on Alex (in a slightly cheesecakey way, admittedly, but then it was the '90s: Superman turns up at one point with the most outrageous un-Superman-like haircut I have ever seen) and she exists all along for the purposes of being stuffed in there so he can be emo (but then forget his emo while Alan Scott gives him an infodump, because when your girlfriend's just been killed of course you want to know the ins and outs of the history of the GLC, of course you do).

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Sorry, I am in a grouchy mood and it would be more constructive to do stuff to fix the sources of the grouchiness than redirect it at fictional things. So I shall go and do that. I think there is interesting meta to be made of the fact that most of the recent TV that by general consensus is really good tends to have a slightly megalomaniac auteur at the helm and maybe the fact that their issues get put front and centre like it or not is the price we pay for having something that has any sort of consistent vision in the face of networks and such regressing everything to the what-worked-before mean. But I am not the one to write it, and if I did it would end up being a very weak defence of RTD more than anything else.