…trolling used to be pretty funny and almost entirely harmless. Trolling, despite the modern usage, does not mean “the act of pissing somebody off and laughing about their anger.” It is “the act of pissing somebody off BASED ON SOMETHING COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS and laughing about their MISPLACED anger.” It isn’t considered trolling to leave a comment full of racial epithets and laugh when people “don’t get it.” It is trolling if you leave a comment insisting on the wrong information about something irrelevant – how many runes are on a Stargate, for example (everybody knows its 12) – and wait for the ONE guy that just can’t let the transgression pass. If you start a fake fight with Prof. Stargate, dragging him deeper and deeper until hopefully, finally, even he has to stop and think “wait a minute, this is ridiculous,” that is trolling. That’s the difference: No actual harm is caused, and even the victim can eventually get in on the joke. “Trolling” isn’t referring to hiding behind a fortification and trying to hurt people like the mythical creature. It’s referring to the style of fishing – you drag bait across the bottom hoping to get a rare bite. It’s not ‘bait’ if you’re earnestly spouting your misogynistic beliefs and somebody gets upset. There’s nothing funny about entirely justified anger.
I legit muttered “NO IT HAS 38, TWO RINGS OF 19.” While reading this and then spent 10 minutes on wikipedia confirming this and grousing about people who don’t fucking know their basic stargate information.
….Yes, I would be Prof. Stargate in this scenario.
…Then our plans must be accelerated.
why are people shipping elsa with jack frost
we all know who the real icy otp is
vanilla chocolate swirl 4eva
UHM MAYBE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD BUT HE HAS A WIFE WHO IS THE GREATEST GOOD HE IS EVER GONNA GET
You’re absolutely right. And now we know who that is.
I’m missing the first episode of Doctor Who because of work and I’m not even bothered about it. I know it’s going to be the same predictable, “Oh look at me I’m Steven Moffat and I’m so clever and witty” shit that we’ve had since RTD was tragically replaced by Moffat.
Kind of a shame because I really like both Capaldi and Coleman.
RTD is a shit writer and Series 8 is going to be the best series of NuWho yet.
I repeat, it will be the same predictable, self-glorifying trash that Moffat has been writing since he became the show runner.
Seriously, Dinosaurs, Darleks and Victorians…he’s done that stuff more than once already!
Oh, come on. 80% of Malcolm Hulke’s solo-written Doctor Who scripts have giant lizards in them, and nobody holds it against him. The entire classic series only had five separate writers who did Dalek stories - three of them did multiple ones. And Robert Holmes, often claimed (with reason) to be the best writer of the classic series, supervised an entire era of the show that used the plot “an ancient and thought-dead menace threatens to return” literally appeared in half the stories for two consecutive seasons, the majority written by him.
This, meanwhile, will be the first time Moffat has had his name on a proper Dalek story, is only, I believe, his second story set primarily in Victorian England, and… I’m honestly not sure where his previous Dinosaur story is. Oh, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, I assume. Not actually his script, then. But even if it were, again, 80% of Pertwee seasons had dinosaurs. That’s actually a higher percentage than had Daleks.
I mean, there are ways in which Moffat has his particular interests as a writer. You can tell you’re in a Moffat script as easily as you can tell you’re in a Davies script, or an Adams script, or a Holmes script, or a Whitaker script. But, as that list suggests, that’s pretty much just true of writers. And, more to the point, none of Moffat’s go-to things are Daleks, dinosaurs, or Victorians.
None of which is to say that anybody is obliged to enjoy Moffat’s writing, but if you’re going to attempt to elevate your dislike to some sort of broad aesthetic principle, at least fact check.
I honestly don’t know how to argue the toss with someone who freely admits they don’t want scripts to be clever or witty.