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It wasn’t really until the fourth or fifth season that the executive producer opened up to me and said, ‘Listen, the first two years of this show, every single time we had a big executive meeting with the studio bosses, they were trying to fire you! They look at your numbers, and see you’re easily the most unpopular character in the show. But we’d made a deal, the producer Rick Berman and myself, that the guy would start off hopeless, and evolve. We had the luxury of time. We knew we were going to do at least six seasons.'
Siddig Al-Fadil on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

One of the explicit goals we established early in our writing process was that we wanted to make Jar Jar's character likeable. So many people have such a low regard for Jar Jar as a character that we really wanted to turn that on its head and make him an entertaining and fun character in the comic. It was an enormous challenge, and we feared it might be too much of a mountain to climb...It's interesting that one way to achieve that is to have him annoy the other characters.
David Morgan-Mar, Darths & Droids #34 commentary

Chris: Around the time that Gambit talks about winning his crappy sea-plane in a card game – “jacks ovah fahhhves” – I realized that the elegant solution to making Gambit not horrible was just to make him Louisiana Han Solo.
Matt: Wolverine is already a little Chewbacca-like, so it’d be an easy transition.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men Origins: Wolverine

A former riot control cop for New York City, Stryker was one of the few survivors after Shao Kahn's invasion. Unlike the rest of the MK cast, who use supernatural powers or physics-defying martial arts, all Stryker needs is a loaded gun, a nightstick, and an infinite supply of grenades. Stryker started off as one of the most hated characters in MK history, probably due to his beer belly and stupid backwards cap. After rotating his cap 180 degrees and becoming the closest thing you'll get to being John McClane in a fighting game, he's much, much less lame, these days. He became so badass, his win pose in the reboot involves him blowing up his opponent even when he's not doing a Fatality.

Adric almost actually works here, probably because Terrance Dicks is alone among the writers working with him in that he’s actually read Oliver Twist.
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "State of Decay"

When Lois first came on the show, she was absolutely redundant and exploitative of the fan base, something drawn in to make us watch...There were many times where she would do something ridiculously stupid because of bad writing, like become a stripper, go to a fetish club in leather, etc. I saw that for what it was, bad TV trying to get ratings from the fact that Erica Durance is one of the hottest gals on the planet. Through it all, however, her writing, her character, they GOT it. I'm not sure how. Though her snarky quips were often peppered with bad Smallville dialogue, her evolution came to be the most believable thing on it, and I can see her trip from a petulant teen to a grown woman reporter clearly now, after six years...I am sad I will not see this character again in this medium.
Neal Bailey on Smallville

"When you have the choice between keeping a shitty character shitty or redeeming them into something unshitty, always choose unshitty."