Quotes: Eight Deadly Words

The characters have been 'introduced' but by no means 'established'. I know Final Fantasy has always been big on in medias res, but even the most basic questions about the plot remain unanswered! Who the fuck are these people?! What is going on?! Why should I care?! Can I stop playing now, please??

And there you have the biggest fault of the movie. We now know the events of the first movie were to determine who gets to go back to Zeist. What a nice prize. Zeist looks like a dustball, and it's ruled by a dictator to boot. It's populated by idiots. All that scope and majesty was for a ticket to Zeist? This is a tremendous comedown. The first movie gave the impression of a battle of cosmic consequences. Now it looks like a battle to see who will win the crown of Miss Teen Dayton, Ohio. Who gives a toss?
Jabootu on Highlander II: The Quickening

Matt: The plot of this movie is nonsense, but the bigger sin it commits is that I donít even care that itís nonsense... When I was 10, I hated this movie because it was boring. 20 years later, itís still boring. The turtles are idiots. Thereís no real threat. And the villains are a stock feudal lord and a sort-of pirate guy/profiteer. They donít do anything interesting or have any personality to speak of. Theyíre just there.
Chris: Theyíre not even that bad! The worst thing Walker does is jack up the price on his guns, so heís more of a scummy businessman than a supervillain.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Donít get me wrong; these guys arenít the next Seltzerberg. In fact, theyíre something more insidious. Because they donít write movies for audiences. They write movies for studio executives and directors and accountants and other producers like themselves. Their scripts are soulless, by-the-numbers efforts that can always be counted on to play it safe. In the cases where their movies succeed, itís in spite of their scripts, not because of them. While watching a Kurtzman/Orci film, one has no emotional investment in anything occurring onscreen. Things happen for two hours, and sometimes quite loud things happen, and then they stop happening and everyone goes home.

Ten minutes. That was literally the moment where I said 'Oh no.'...it encapsulates perfectly how the rest of the movie is going to fail. It is a scene where (Woody) Allen and (Helen) Hunt are in a restaurant trying to establish their work relationship... You watch this scene play out and you are painfully aware of the disconnect between what should be there and what actually is there. You should see two sexy actors who are exchanging pithy barbs at one another and who are trying their best to conceal their attraction to one another. What we get is a pervy old man and a shrill secretary bicker and bicker and bicker and bicker until the scene mercifully ends. But it doesnít end, because you still have the rest of the movie to go.

It's not like they don't like Roman Reigns. It's that they don't care. And that's the worst part. One way or another, you get an emotion, you know? Getting hated is fine. Getting loved is fantastic. It's when they don't care that you're in trouble.

Batista got hated, and he sustained that, because he is extremely charismatic. [...] Except that the thing here is—the difference is that the crowd likes Brock Lesnar way more than Roman Reigns! They would probably very much approve of Brock Lesnar killing Roman Reigns and leaving with the WWE title! Because for one, fuck Roman Reigns (in their opinion), and two, fuck the WWE! Because every time they have him in the ring with Paul Heyman talking about leaving the company, they CHEER! I don't think that's what they're going for here. They're both supposed to be heels. So when they both get into the ring, I think Vince fully expects them to be going, "NOOOO THIS IS TERRIBLE". And they're cheering. This is not a good sign.
Noah Antwiler on Road to Wrestlemania 2015

At the end of the first season, the rest of the cast seem woefully under-developed...Chakotay is an unfortunate collection of new age mysticism clichťs rather than a character in his own right. (For a rebel, heís a pretty straight arrow.) Torres has potential, but gets little focus. Ensign Harry Kim is just sort of there. The Doctor is the showís breakout character, but the first season is on the cusp of that realisation. There is no sense of any relationships or dynamics on the ship. Everybody gets along, but in a generic sort of way. Thereís not even any bad blood towards Tuvok, the spy on Chakotayís ship.

The Sopranos does 12 or 13 episodes a season. They're all very well written, very much in character, and part of a prolonged arc...I don't like the characters. Any of them. I don't agree with any of them. This alone makes it hard for me to watch. But the characterization is so superb, every minute is so relative to the forward character motion of all involved, it's hard to look away. It's like reading a thousand page novel on something most would find mundane and reprehensible... Smallville does 22 episodes a year, half of which are now mostly filler.

Unfortunately, Smallville's characters are largely, barring Chloe and sometimes Clark and Martha, reprehensible without any kind of consistent character, even Lex.
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Hypnotic")

A trap that they fell into time and time again is the idea that Torchwood storms a crime scene dressed up like they have walked from a designer catalogue; dressed to the nines, exuding arrogance and each character fully aware of their gait. It makes me howl with laughter each time I see it...My real issue with "Everything Changes" isnít the childishness of its nature but how none of the characters are especially likable. If Davies really is a fan of Joss Whedonís work then he really hasnít taken notes on his ability as creator of a agreeable company — Whedonís gift is giving the audience a way in to an absurd premise like Buffy through hilarious, flawed but fundamentally decent characters. Davies in comparison fills his show to bursting with unpleasant people; morally bankrupt, egotistical, smug and self important. They arenít people that you would want to spend any amount of time with and that is a real problem when you are trying to endorse a pilot for a longer series.