With the end of Gotham, and seeing how the story of Bruce Wayne evolved from a child left alone in the world to the Batman, there was something that was left unanswered. Who exactly was Alfred before taking up with the Waynes. Plenty of clues were dropped during Gotham, but I for one would like to see it evolve as much as I did the Bruce Wayne. Now Alan Sepinwall of the Rolling Stone has gone on record and said that he needed a show about how Alfred became Batman's "butler as much as it needs one about the tailor who sells Bruce Banner all those purple pants." Which is a bit lacking in understanding Alfred as a character. He was a caregiver, a surrogate parent, and was there to direct a child to deal with the death of his parents.
So, as with any recasting of the Doctor, there is a segment of the fandom who are displeased with the choice. The internet has been buzzing with pro-new doctor calling anti-new doctor people names and vice versa… Apparently if someone disagrees with your opinion you are automatically a snowflake. Let’s breakdown why someone would have a disagreeing opinion about the newest Dr.
Psychologically speaking, some people are comfortable with the way the show has been cast for the last 50+ years... and to change that makes them feel that what they internalized about the show and what they love will be taken away. Some others (it may overlap with some of the former as well... I can't do Venn diagrams in text... lol) feel that the decision was more of a stunt than an organic casting choice. Third camp feel it was lazy casting, as witnessed by the fact that Chibnall (who headed Broadchurch as well) just picked an actress he already worked with instead what would be the best choice for the new Doctor.
So, let’s explore some of these reasons. Being a member of a fandom means that someone has invested a lot of time and emotions into a character. With a character that has been around longer than 50 years, had 36 seasons, and 12 Doctors, there is a lot of room for people to internalize these characters. So, for someone to be upset that there is a change in the dynamic with a new incarnation of a character that they have spent time, money, and vested with some sense of emotional ownership over, is only natural. In fact, every time there is a new doctor, there is this argument. “Oh no, they will be a terrible Doctor.” I know several that didn’t like Matt Smith, and even more that didn’t like Peter Capaldi.
A couple of us here at GeekPublicRadio are also working in the movie industry... well low level and some indie productions (with a few regional and the odd national commercial added in). With that in mind, we have come together and started working on project from us, here at GPR... We know that writing, producing, and creating films (even fun shorts) takes us away from our family sometimes... so the first one we did, we involved them. It is a cute little thing that we did for our kids, with our kids... hope you like it, because we have bigger and better things coming.
If you are one, like me, of the 17 million Netflix customers who have had the service for more than 2 years, you are probably pretty comfortable by now paying $7.99 a month. Even when they announced in 2014 that they were increasing the subscription cost, they grandfathered all existing accounts so we didn't feel the increase. That is coming to an end in May.
Disney made news again with the dropping of the anticipated Rogue One trailer. However, there are already websites that seem to be stirring up animosity with the diehard Star Wars fans.
Looking at the response that the trailer has received, it overwhelmingly comes back positive. There are a few that feel that Disney is milking the franchise for all its worth, and that there may be a bit of customer exhaustion after so much new content comes out, but that is normal. I may add, and a bit of a decent argument.