1984: The Transformers launches in the US, in toy, comic and cartoon formats, forever ruining Transformers.Oh No! A moment that you don't like has happened in your favorite fictional series! A new character appeared out of nowhere! Or your favorite character caught the Idiot Ball that week! Or the latest iteration of the show has a new animation style, or a new voice actor, or a new theme song! Or there is a Musical Episode or Beach Episode not written by Joss Whedon! The shark has truly been jumped over! Your show is now ruined FOREVER!!! What? Ruined forever?! (slap!) Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!!!! Sure, it might have been a dumb moment, but how do you truly know until the series has run its course? What if the new character turns out to not be The Scrappy, as you feared? What if your favorite character is never handed the Idiot Ball again? What if the plot for that Bizarro Episode or Beach Episode was Just for Fun, and the rest of the series sticks to what it does best? What if that one change revitalized something, or makes something better? The show isn't made by gods (despite what some may assume). People make mistakes. Shows can have low points but still have high quality throughout the run. Just take a few deep breaths. You may think you have seen a clear Jumping the Shark, but those are rare moments. Take the actual Jumping The Shark from Happy Days. That moment was clear for at least three reasons:
- It was completely against the premise of the show, which was a loving homage to the last generation.
- Fonzie was no longer the Breakout Character who was a role model to some; now he had mutated into a full-fledged Canon Sue.
- It was identified upon retrospect 20 years later, meaning it had the benefit of hindsight and it wasn't a knee-jerk reaction.
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