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Quotes: Seasonal Rot
"Variety is the spice of life and status quo is the starch. The star that shines brightest is all the more glorious for its brevity. Or, to bring the metaphor down to a broader cultural level, The Simpsons has been running for 21 seasons and hasn't been good since the fifth!"
Zero Punctuation on Super Mario Galaxy 2

"Should it continue to air, the show will rapidly degenerate into a frightful, shambling corpse — a mocking funhouse mirror reflection of what it once was, existing to ghoulishly maintain the careers/merchandising empire of its sinister creators. The characters are almost unrecognizable from their original incarnations, now merely grotesque, unthinking husks — their personalities long since removed for easier manipulation. Each season beyond the 7th cancels out the earlier good seasons in terms of the show's overall quality — 14 seasons or more rendering a essentially show undead."
Cracked, "The Lifespan of Every TV Show Ever Produced"

"I should also, I suppose, briefly disclaim regarding the Colin Baker era, given that it is possibly the most contentious era of Doctor Who there is, save possibly the Sylvester Mccoy era. Actually, it's not even particularly contentious — almost everybody finds massive fault with it. It's more that there's an elaborate blame game, with all of the primary sources having massive axes to grind with the other primary sources and generally suggesting that the era would have been great if it weren't for X. (Generally X is either John Nathan-Turner or Eric Saward.) I tend to agree with the assessment that the Colin Baker years are deeply, deeply flawed. I think the problems are far, far deeper than what can be laid at the feet of one or even two particular creative forces."
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The Two Doctors"

"Timelash is on the short list of serials broadly agreed to be 'the worst Doctor Who stories ever.' Given how prone science-fiction fans are to bickering about absolutely everything, and how impossible it is to find consensus, thatís really saying something. More than that, it ranks with quite a few Colin Baker stories among that list. I canít help but wonder if part of the problem with Bakerís tenure isnít a lack of classic episodes (Revelation of the Daleks and Vengeance on Varos surely count), but the batting average skewed by so many truly terrible stories...Whatís really weird about Bakerís terrible episodes is the fact that they all seem to suffer from the same problems. Thereís no attempt to learn from past mistakes or to rectify those problems."
Darren Mooney on Doctor Who, "Timelash"

"Iím starting to wonder about Brannon Bragaís sanity. He has apparently unlimited funds (according to the look of this episode) and the scope of a two part story and this is what he wastes it on? The Killing Game is bound to popular because it throws the regulars in different roles and has a lot of action and style but its possibly the most brainless episode of the year with enough holes in the (saggy) plot to make a small canyon...This might have made an intriguing one part story, but setting this belly button fluff over two episodes is interminable...DS9's mid season two parter saw a the Dominion threat reach Earth, the Voyager epic is the regular cast farting about playing 'Allo 'Allo!. Victor Lobl makes it all look pretty but if you want to see what this director can really do check out DS9's In the Pale Moonlight where he is given a much smaller budget and shows infinitely more skill. The Killing Game proves there is nowhere for Voyager to go and nothing particularly interesting is ever going to take place in the Delta Quadrant, the best we can hope for is quirky episodes like this to see us through to season seven."
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "The Killing Game Pt. 1"

David: I hope an Xbox Achievement pops up when Clark finally flies in the finale.
Chris: I think we should get the achievement for making it all the way through to the end of the season. Or at least hazard pay.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Prophecy")

"They were taking something which had run well, and driving it without oil until the head blew. Now the car is just stopped, and we're waiting for the mechanic. Earlier this season, some kindly dude named Geoff stopped by, pushed the car ten or fifteen feet with the help of a few friends, but now here we are, sitting by the side of the road in the female 18-25 demographic."
Neal Bailey on Smallville

"One season of how to make a successful comic book-style television show, followed by three seasons of monstrous fuck ups."
quicksummary on Heroes

"They can't just cancel a show like Alphas. They have to help the viewers let go. Firefly did a movie to wrap things up, Buffy the Vampire Slayer continued on as a comic book, Heroes gradually lowered the quality season by season, til we were grateful it ended."
Sheldon Cooper on Heroes

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