So my time at home is more precious, I value it more. That’s the takeaway from this spiel.
That’s why when I watched the season finales of all the super hero shows, I was sorely disappointed. The shows felt dull, contrived and unremarkable. I couldn’t tell you a specific criticism because they weren’t at all memorable. It was more of the same, with Mirror Villains, a death or two and minimal character growth. I loved the crossovers because at least it was something different.
When I was unemployed I had free time to watch these shows. Now, if you told me I had to watch the Season Finale of Flash again, I’d bemoan the fact. The truth is that these shows don’t feel worth my time. At least the finales didn’t.
I need the writers to elevate their game. I think that the shows have a solid hook, now they can tap into bigger, deeper concepts. I’m talking Breaking Bad level of writing.
Here’s how the superhero shows can elevate their game.
- No more Mirror Villains.
- Challenge the Protagonist, remove all supporting characters. Imagine it...Barry’s entire support network mysteriously disappears, and now he has to find them. It forces him to grow, find new friends and writers could explore the psychological trauma of your support network disappearing.
- Because in these shows death is not final, the threat has lost its sting to viewers. You could bring anyone back if you really wanted to. So the writers need to find a threat worse than death.
- Corrupt a character beyond return. If Killer Frost becomes a thing, imagine the implications.
- Explore the affected lives. This is actually a pretty common story trope in comics. Instead of following The Flash, for an episode, follow a kid who was saved by Flash and aspires to be him.
- Have the characters travel. Imagine Supergirl flying to Russia to solve a case and she’s unwelcomed for whatever reason. Introduce cultural dynamics and relationships.
- Similar to #2, strand the Protagonist in a place. Have them devise a way back home.
- Ask thought provoking questions. What if Supergirl tried to stop the Middle Eastern War? What if Barry’s regeneration power saved lives but it meant more speedsters and thus he was irrelevant? What if the National Guard ordered the Green Arrow to stop?
If you have ideas about making superhero shows better, please comment below.
I’m so tired of these “Saturday Cartoon” storylines. I’m tired of boring characters like the new Team Arrow (they suck). I’m tired of prolonged conflicts that don’t increase tension but never resolve (Malcolm Merlin). I’m tired of superficial friendships and convoluted romances (James Olsen). Superhero shows have become a machine churning out bland stories that make me regret spending an hour on them. Henceforth, I’ll probably read the synopsis and make a judgement call then and there.
I’m sorry if this upsets you. I know a lot of people derive joy from these shows. It’s just that having reevaluated my time, I can’t say I’m looking forward to our TV caped crusaders. I’d much rather watch a highly quality film or read a critically-acclaimed graphic novel. And when I do those things, I promise to share those with you.
I promise to be better about my posting. I’ve settled in nicely at work and I’m reading a few comics that I think will be worth sharing. Hopefully, I can go back to a weekly post.
Happy New Year everyone!