Aaaaaaaand, breathe

Oak City ComicConI’ve been wrestling with this update for a couple of days and finally decided to go ahead. It’s the kinda thing that can light the interwebs on fire, in the same way inadequately reheated, leftover curry from two weeks ago can scorch your digestive tract and ruin your ability to sit comfortably without the aid of a repurposed floatation device…. and a lot of icepacks.

I also figure that since only about three people actually read this (in no small part due to my hit and miss updates) and those three are usually polite and well reasoned…. well, two of the three — you know who you are and what you did — things will stay civilized here.

So, my point.

Can we all just take a step back and breathe?

Where does the rage and fury come from?

I know what you’re thinking, “Dale! Stop! Don’t go there. Stay away from the politics, man.”

But I’m not going there, I’m talking about my world and my people. The Geeks.

A couple of examples, though you three know these things, so I’m probably preaching to the choir.

STAR WARS

Original Trilogy = awesome incarnate…. except the Ewoks (which I will argue in favor of if anyone wants to go).

Original Trilogy Remixes = What? You tweaked things here and there? How dare you!? I don’t care that you created these formative events in my youth, you have now created an abomination that has soiled, befouled and sullied no only the memory of the originals, but ruined entire childhoods. George Lucas should NEVER be allowed to touch a Star Wars thing again.

Prequel Trilogy announcements = NERDGASM! My youth returned to me.

Prequel Trilogy = an abomination that has soiled, befouled and sullied no only the memory of the originals, but ruined entire childhoods. George Lucas should NEVER be allowed to touch a Star Wars thing again.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens announcements = JJ Abrams? Really? The dude who did Star Trek? Lens Flares Man? He’ll ruin it!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens = JJ Abrams did it! My youth is returned to me. Y’know what they should do? They should get George Lucas back, have him direct one of the new movies. We should start a petition to make that happen.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

You can do the same with most of the big franchise, geekiverse movies and even the TV shows.

Yes, even the TV shows. The Walking Dead ended it’s sixth season this past weekend. Honestly, I don’t care for the show, not least of which because I think it adds to this “us and them” dynamic at play here (as I addressed over here). There was righteous fury that the season ended in a cliffhanger. I mean, really!? THAT is what drives you over the edge? A serialized TV show ends a season with a cliffhanger…. like pretty much EVERY OTHER serialized TV show does? This should be a bonus. These days, almost every new show that starts, ends early and then later seasons at a point where if the show doesn’t get picked up for a new season, you have a halfway satisfying conclusion. But this is a lock…. it’s coming back…. and when I was but a callow youth, that cliffhanger was what sustained me and my fellow geeks through the long drought of a rerun-ladened summer.  The endless possibilities and debates about what HAD happened, what that meant and what we thought WOULD happened when the show returned.  That was the hook, the engagement, what made viewers FANS.

But those days seem to be past. Today we want everything NOW!

SATISFY ME!

I WATCH THIS!

YOU MAKE THIS FOR ME!

WITHOUT FANS LIKE ME, THERE WOULD BE NO SHOW!

SATE MY NEED!

I DON’T WANT TO WAIT, ANTICIPATE, THINK!

GIVE ME WHAT I CRAVE!

SPOONFEED ME!

And the reason for my hesitance in making this post is the completely inappropriate rage and disproportionate reaction of people who don’t agree.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a movie that seems to have created a ridiculous schism in the geekiverse. And it’s not about whether one side has a valid point, not even about conceding someone else had a differing opinion and COMPLETELY ignoring the subjective element to what YOU like as opposed to someone else. If you don’t agree with me, you are wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong WRONG!

I enjoyed Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as I said here. It wasn’t perfect. I had some issues with it. But it made for an entertaining way to consume carbs in a darkened room and share an experience with other humans. But honestly, seeing the gloating posts on Facebook, mostly from the naysayers (though not entirely) about how the movie is bad and why…. and why they were right to say it sucked and…. yeah, ner-ner-neh-ner-ner…. no YOU bite ME! That all just sucks the joy out of the whole thing.

So maybe we could all just take a step back, breathe, and ENJOY the differences rather than use them to destroy something. Or worse, destroy someone who didn’t entirely agree.

Maybe I’m wrong.

I’m sure someone will tell me if I am.