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Offline kimmy

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Re: New TV Season
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:01:26 pm »
So, in other words, YOU didn't like it.  That's pretty much what you're saying.

The distinction I'm trying to draw is between complaints based on the film's success or failure to meet its own terms, vs complaints based on the viewer's preferences.  We've discussed this in the past. 

"Pacific Rim" and "Transformers" are both entries in the "giant robots fighting stuff" genre. Pacific Rim succeeds because it delivers what they promise on the poster, Transformers fails because the action sequences are incoherent.

Criticisms like "I can't tell the good guys from the bad guys" and "this just looks like a bunch of metal stuff flying around on the screen" and "I have no idea what's going on" are completely reasonable because they center on whether the creators achieved what they intended to.  Criticism like "this is completely unrealistic" or "giant robots aren't real" or "I don't like CGI" or "this would be more compelling if the characters worked in an office" really just indicate that you watched the wrong show.

Well, yes, but you should also know that they can't focus group the initial offering.  The vision, the THING of it has to come from a vision.  Even with that, there are a million things that can go wrong.

There's two separate questions there.  The first is "is there actually a market for this?" and the second is "does the product we've created appeal to the market we want to reach."

There's a market for just about anything. I recall reading about two young women who have made a lot of money by writing dinosaur **** **** eBooks and selling them on Amazon.  Apparently dinosaur **** **** enthusiasts are an underserved market and were just crying out for content.  But dinosaur **** **** probably wouldn't be a big enough market to drive a network television show, or even a Netflix show. 

As for appealing to the market they want to reach... I'm still unclear what that market actually is. They certainly weren't looking for the same viewers that enjoyed the darker, more adult programs like Jessica Jones or Daredevil.  I think that if they had set out to create a focus-group to see if their target audience enjoyed The Inhumans... find 20 people for a test screening... they wouldn't have any idea who to put in the room.

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