You all know I am a canon-first and canon-foremost fangirl. It's rare that I object strenuously enough to a plot twist to go looking for fix-it fic instead of creating elaborate theories about why said plot twist or character revelation actually fits in completely with previous canon, and isn't it awesome
when you think about it that
Part of this is because I have few illusions about who is in control of the story. I have no problem pointing out shoddy workmanship in a novel, because the author has control there, but I'm also highly unlikely to judge an unpleasant ending or oddball twist if there's any way of squaring it with the rest of story, because I feel that the author probably had a good reason for writing it the way he or she did.
When it comes to television, I make greater allowances, because of the collaborative nature of television writing and production. Smaller stuff I may just shrug off, or I may gleefully construct far-fetched meta to explain it away. Larger stuff, even if I disagree with it personally, as long as it doesn't radically conflict with established canon, I also give great leeway to.
So when a show I adore does something so egregious that I feel like I got punched in the face, it's kind of a new experience for me.
I'm actually not going to talk about that much, maybe not till the end. I'm more interested in the fact that I've never reacted this strongly before, and am going to look at past instances where show canon really upset me.
WARNING: specific spoilers for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Babylon 5
, Stargate SG-1
, and Doctor Who
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In conclusion, I've gotten less forgiving as the years go on. *g* Also, the more brilliant a show has seemed to me, the more I have respected the creators and the show itself, the harder I take it when said show disappoints me.
Regarding the reference above to a show I adore, I don't know what I'm going to do with its latest episode. I'm a talented fanwanker, meta-constructor, hand-waver. And this is still sticking in my craw. I must rewatch the episode and see what happens.