Sometimes I feel like nothing ever changes. Like I'm stuck in a cycle of the same things happening to me over and over again. It's like no matter how hard I try to learn from my mistakes, how much I try to alter my destiny or whatever, we all know how the story is gonna end.
"Indeed? So, you would say I am just a villain in Captain America's ongoing tale? [...] He has fought for decades, with only ze illusion of meaningful victory. Ze world is no safer place because of him. He struggles for nothing."
But the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. No matter what happened, Status Quo was an immortal god enthroned on a hill of skulls, drinking the blood of virgins from a chalice of razor-faceted obsidian. Many brave fools had tried to slay it, but it was not something you could fell.
Stick to the stuff you know If you wanna be cool Follow one simple rule Don't mess with the flow, no no Stick to the status quo Stick to the stuff you know It is better by far To keep things as they are Don't mess with the flow, no no Stick to the status quo
"Those heavily invested in the status quo had difficulty thinking outside of it—and were often tainted by it."
—Daniel Suarez, Influx
''Susan knew that [Jimmy] Stewart would win the election but never take office. That was how the story always goes: the young reformer wins in the end, but by the next picture, the corrupt machine politicians are still in power. Susan wondered if Jimmy ever got tired of the cycle.
I am not huge into comic books anymore. It is not that I dont love the characters because I do. It is not that I dont love the adventure; I do. It is because comic culture has this neurotic fear of change. This is something that is shared by both the makers and the buyers. Now I can understand why from both sides. From the comic book company perspective you want to keep things as static as possible to keep the run going as long as possible to sell the most books. After all, if Batman for examples conquers his demons then that would kind of be it. There would be nothing left for his character to do. From the public perspective we kind of dislike things that are different and prefer the safe norm. Much like fast food we know what we are getting and are fine with the same but fulfilling formula.
But there just reaches a point where it all gets ridiculous. Nothing changes. Okay, I take it back. Things eventually change, but evolution is more observable than character changes in comics. It took what: 60 years for Superman to marry Lois Lane? People still go into full blown freak outs at Superman Returns sub plot that Superman and Lois had a kid. Spider-Man even made A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL in order to bring the comics back to the status quo. It reaches damn near comedic levels at times. Batman has either reached self parody or is doing its closest modern interpretation of Sisyphus. Instead of being destined to pushing a boulder uphill for all eternity, Batman has to catch the Joker again and again and again to the end of time.
"What this does is simply recycle old ideas even more and more, not allowing these characters to grow and change. This has led to dubious editorial decisions, like Peter Parker making a deal with Satan to destroy his marriage. Characters that occasionally changed and struck out on their own (Scott Summers leaving the X-Men after Jean Grey died, for instance) are now locked into their positions, calcified and stagnant. The flip side to this is that new characters get strangled in the crib.
We've been told that this next episode will change the series forever, and put it on the right track. Take it from a guy that's read a ton of comic books in his time. When they say that, they're trying to sell comic books, and it's only true one time in ten after a few weeks have passed.
Worf is also back, also with no explanation — but after three films, that's given. For the record, when we last saw him on Deep Space Nine, he had just been appointed Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. Now he's back to pushing buttons on a console.
When DS9 was under siege at the end of season five and the Dominion took over, the writers took the bold step to have a six-episode arc where Starfleet was no longer in charge of the station. Unfortunately, the writers of Voyager are nowhere near as bold. The Kazon in control of Voyager is so ineptly handled they walk around with tricorders talking technobabble It's like the Starfleet crew isnt even away!
Annorax: When I first encountered your vessel, it was badly-damaged—barely functioning. What if I told you in a blink of an eye, I can restore her to its former condition? Chuck: [as Annorax] All we have to do is... let the episode end, and you'll be right as rain next week. Trust me, I know it doesn't make any sense but it always works that way for you.
Peter: Yeah, how did you lose your job anyway, Lois? Lois: Ah, I don't know, Peter. Do you really care? Does anyone really care? Peter: I guess you're right. The story's over, everything's back to normal 'til next week, so who gives a damn?
"Oh, put that thing away, Samurai. We all know what's going to happen. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like, 'I'll be back, Samurai!' And then I'll flutter off over the horizon, and we won't see each other for about a week. And then, we'll do the same thing all over again."
"How many times has the bridge been destroyed? How many shuttlecrafts have vanished, and another one just comes out of the oven? That kind of bullshitting the audience, I think, takes its toll. At some point the audience stops taking it seriously, because they know that this is not really the way this would happen."
Here's a secret — when I finally okayed the clone saga, I told [co-writer] Danny Fingeroth to build a backdoor into it. I said that I wanted to be able to bring Peter back as the real deal...I believe that both comic book creators and comic book fans are a cowardly and superstitious lot. While the fans claim they want change, they tend to react negatively to it. So do most creators!
"The easiest complaint to make against the ending of Infinity War is that it exists solely for Marvel Studios to reverse it. Surely theyre not going to leave the status quo with characters like Spider-Man and Black Panther not even existing? But I would argue this is not a bad thing! A serialized story that cant return to some sort of status quo is typically a story with no center, one that spins off its axis very quickly. Humans crave some sort of order amid the chaos, and we do in our stories too. The Empire Strikes Back ended with the Empire winning, Han Solo being taken by Jabba the Hutt, and Luke Skywalker facing his darkest moment, and the next film more or less reversed all of that over the course of its running time. Most serialized television involves setting up big, epic changes that are then immediately reversed."