Quotes / Eight Deadly Words

Live-Action Television

Which, frankly, is fine. One less character I actually like means one less reason to watch next season. Not that I have any left, really, beyond Jimmy Smits and the potential ongoing arc for C.C.H. Pounder.

... it feels like the show is building to an inevitable showdown between Jax and his mother. At some point in the final season [he] will surely find out what Gemma did to Tara. And what [she] did to John Teller. And what will [he] do?

I donít care.''
Geoff Berkshire writing for Hitfix, on the Sons of Anarchy season 6 finale.

Web Original

Despite so much effort to control narrative pacing, most of the characters ultimately are treated as so much set dressing, and paired with some of the dialogue being outright forgettable when it's not being uncomfortable, we are presented with a world wherein the player is genuinely hard-pressed to care.
The Lolcow Wiki on Revolution 60

The entire rest of the time, I kept thinking "Maybe I should do something else. Get some work done, go outside." No! That is the worst possible reaction a game should evoke from its players. It's better to have players pissed off at your game than to have them completely uninvested[...]Except for that Russian, none of the characters really seemed to give a shit about anything, and in turn the game doesn't make me care about anything. You can have big gameplay flaws, bad writing, but if the game really cares about it, that can be enough to carry you through. That didn't happen here. Bland, disinteresting characters and voice acting, combined with a story that the game itself doesn't seem to care about, is just death. They should have made the Nazis more brutal. I mean, they were. Make the Resistance sound like their lives are all on the line. You have to, at least, pretend your game is awesome. After all, if the game doesn't care about what's happening, why should the players?[...]Soulless. Not enough people on the development team gave a shit about this game, and it shows.
Ross Scott on Wolfenstein (2009)

Oancitizen regarding Ken Park

It's two sides you don't like, fighting over a city you don't care about, for the fate of people you don't know.
Dark Lord Jadow 1, towards the end of his Inhumans review.

Web Video

Towards the end of this movie, they are asking you to care about Earth. People are in peril because something terrible is happening with Doctor Doom. You're supposed to care, it's supposed to be the moment of truth, in which everyone comes together and you're like, "Yeah! Fantastic Four! All RIGHT!", but you don't care because the movie doesn't take the time to set up this world. You don't give a shit about anything that's happening. As far as I'm concerned, Doctor Doom succeeding in what he's trying to do would have been a more interesting movie than the one that we actually got!

There's a certain Moral Event Horizon that unlikely heroes have. They need to have bad qualities in order to be considered an unlikely hero, but if they go too far, then you lose your audience and you're stuck with an unlikable asshole for your protagonist. Whipping up your man-chowder over a comatose girl in a hospital bed is not the mark of an unlikely hero. That's the mark of a repressed douchebag.
Bennett the Sage on Shinji Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion

Mr. Pickles, do you really want me to get offended? I can't be offended if I can't fucking care. You've given me no characters to gravitate to. Your setting never started anywhere sane or rational. Your jokes never made me laugh because each and every one of them is stupid and predictable. There was no effort and no potential for anything. You started me off with characters that we will never see again. You have a concept that's barely utilized. Your animation is lazy and off-putting. Give me one reason that I should care either way about your existence.

This isn't me being angry that it's different from the show, this is me being angry that it's missing the most essential element of telling any story. If the character can never express any emotion, why should the audience ever express any emotion?

Real Life

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death."
Elie Wiesel