Quotes: Flanderization

Mike: When you take complicated characters and boil them down to cartoon characters — that's what they did in the first one — that's what you're left with. James Kirk is a hothead who learns to lead.
Jay: He did it in the first one, he does it in this one.
Mike: Spock is an emotionless guy who learns to be emotional at the right time.
Jay: He did it in the first one, he does it in this one.
Mike: Uhura loves Spock. Scotty is wacky. Bones is there. Bones says his corny lines, he's grumpy.

"If there was ever an opportunity to point at an episode and say that Kate Mulgrew is a fantastic actress then 11:59 will definitely qualify. Mulgrew began her Voyager adventure with two reasonably strong years as a Captain who could scare the shit out of you and yet empathise a second later. When Jeri Taylor took the reins of the show something terrible happened and Janeway turned into an inconsistently characterised bully (and Mulgrew’s public opinion about Taylor is something you should seek out) with few chances for the actress to really show what she was capable off."

"It’s pretty weird that Mystique is that eager to sell Magneto out, even after his betrayal. It’s especially after the way First Class goes down later, but even in X-Men 2, she was shown to have some pretty legitimate reasons to be down for the cause. Here, once again, an interesting character is just flattened out to two dimensions and one single motivation. Also: It is hilarious that the government has angled its security camera so that they’re kind of looking down Mystique’s top."
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men 3: The Last Stand

"Under Hartnell, the Doctor was manifestly not the leading man, vanishing off to the sidelines of stories, and often getting taken out of the story and put in a coma or otherwise incapacitated. He relied upon being underestimated so that he could then roar up and take control. Troughton introduced leading man charisma to the role, making the Doctor someone we liked and wanted more of — a consumable product... But Pertwee, thus far, is playing the part as a pure leading man in the traditional sense. In this story it even gets off-putting — the Doctor is basically not nice to anyone at all until the second episode of the story, instead marching about shouting and being rude to people. This is something we've never seen in the Doctor before. Pertwee's Doctor is obsessed with people's approval in a way Troughton and Hartnell never were. Every character must either respect him or eat crow.
..And when every character operates by an unchanging logic, so that the Brigadier will always be calm, the Master will always be scheming, and Jo will always be plucky, his charisma becomes wholly impotent... But because he's the leading man, they have to take the joke seriously, no matter how many ridiculous things he tries to get away with."
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who ("The Claws of Axos")

"In the UK version, the problems were varied and different because the restaurants were run by people with varied and different issues. But the US version took everything unique about each episode and distilled it down to the same cartoonish caricatures. Everything from the obnoxious reality TV editing, to the dramatic way Gordon screams, 'Shut it down!!' in nearly every episode.

There’s a sad irony to it all. Gordon Ramsay has always preached the gospel of freshness, quality over quantity, and establishments having a down to earth, rustic feel. But his show, after seven seasons, has become a highly processed, overly salty, homogeneous mess."