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October 14th, 2014
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I don't think I watched all of Atlantis last year, but I enjoyed what I did see.

It appears the new series is "not the follow-up people would expect". Jack Donelly is quoted in an interview with DenofGeek as saying the new series is

less of a “buddy story” and "much darker, much more action-packed,"

And that's supposed to be good? The "buddy" stuff and the light-heartedness was what I most liked about it. Other things that make me think I won't bother include:

“Whereas last year we would have used humour to undercut the serious bits so you had that balance, this year we played it a lot more truthfully.”

"It’s tonally darker and more grown-up."

"The fights are grittier too - it might not be as suitable for young children around six and seven years old as it was last year because of the violence”

“Last year the episodes stood alone and told their own little story but this has a much bigger arc."

I already get more than enough "arc" from bloody Moffat in Doctor Who, thank you very much.

Also, can't someone teach actors to speak plain English?

“The brief this year was to make everything look more filmic and that really does look like a film."

I don't even know what that means. Unless it means there are going to be stupid black lines at the top and bottom of my television screen.

All quotes are from the DenofGeek article linked above.

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Date:October 14th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
I agree with you! What a load of nonsense. The thing everyone liked about that show was the buddy-vibe! I hope this is just the sort of 'oh yeah we're dark' line a lot of shows seem to spout to try and entice some sort of mythical viewer they apparently want rather than the viewers that like the show they actually do...
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Date:October 14th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Apparently it "failed to set critics’ worlds on fire". So what? The DoG article (I haven't read anything else) doesn't mention ratings, which are surely more important than what a few pretentious idiots think.

some sort of mythical viewer

Yes, it's rather annoying to be not good enough for them! I like your thinking on this - I hope you're right.
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Date:October 14th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
they've threatened the same thing for the new series of The Musketeers too, darker, more sex and violence. do not want. why can't they understand that darker does not equal better, and that people want to be entertained, not depressed?
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Date:October 14th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
people want to be entertained, not depressed

This this this. Perhaps people should only allowed to have power in television if they go out and experience the real world every now and then. Like produce a series and then go and work in a factory or an office for six months. They seem to be as useless as politicians at understanding real people's lives. Really, why would you want to have a shitty day and then come home and watch "dark" in the evening as well? Do these people never need cheering up?

I suspect it's some kind of stupid plot to "entice back" all those teenagers who don't watch television because there's more going on online. I'm definitely starting to feel that I'm disappearing into the "useless old person whose views obviously don't count" category in the minds of the twenty-somethings that run things!
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