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1998-01-31 00:00:00 - FOX silliness (was "I don't blame Kari Whuher...") - (jamboe@cyberspace.org)


No more silly disclaimers. However, my actual e-mail address (should anyone REALLY want to contact me) is: +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |j|a|b|o|e|@|n|y|x|.|n|e|t| +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ On 31 Jan 1998 04:52:40 GMT, spkymky@aol.com (Spkymky) decided that his/her life needed extra zest and thus decided to sally forth to challenge windmills with: => => ....So get your flamethrowers out. => => I do not think she is a bad actress. I think there are more things => involved than her arguable acting talent. This show has been micro- => managed from the very start, so I don't hold Kari responsible for the => mess it became. I'm sorry that she's the brunt of a lot of abuse, => and may even know it. I will not comment upon her acting abilities. Let me just say the word "meager" and let you draw your own conclusions. True, Kari is not responsible for the mess that SLIDERS became, but she was a symptom. That is like saying that a fever and nausea are not responsible for a case of stomach flu. Maybe not, but one doesn't want the fever nor the nausea. => Quick Points From the Actor's P.O.V. => => The character itself (Maggie) is horribly miscast. It should've been => a guy, and they could've had the same amount of desired conflict, IMO. Ooooo! You mean, have the romantic tension between Quinn and a guy? Make Quinn a homosexual!? Bold move. Wouldn't happen. => I can understand Kari's wish to stretch as an actor (we all want to), => but again, this role was not for her. Mind you, it's not right for me => either, but I would would've taken it too. If I were her, I'd jump at => the chance to play something other than the love interest with the body... Sheeeee-oot! If bouncing around as "Woo-hoo!" (aka Cap'n Hooters) was a stretch of her acting ability (re: The Breeder), then she has none to speak of. => I think she's doing the best she can with it, but can't overcome the fact => that she just isn't right for the role. And on top of that, Maggie is => poorly written overall, wavering between the adolescent need for tele- => vision bimboness to the out of place military manner that never looked => right on her to begin with. The combination of the two is disasterous. FOX micromanagement. => Maggie's story should've ended with Exodus. Agreed. => In the end, FOX tried to fix something that wasn't broken. FOX broke it in the first place. And then continued to break it. => The cast. JRD's decision to leave did not necessarily leave a void to => be filled. JRD decided to leave because of what FOX had done to the show. His departure was as much a symptom as "Woo-HOO!"'s entrance. SNIP SNIP SNIP SNIP SNIP => I applaud giving the series a tighter direction, i.e. going after Rickman... => the only real promise of going home the group had. Of course, the show => had enough direction as it was, but you can't convince the suits that folks => watching at home are smart anyway. Witness the continual "dumbing-down" => of Quinn's intro to the show... No, it didn't really have a direction. The group was just sort of bumbling along from universe to universe, hoping that the cosmic roulette table would bounce them into the one slot among an almost infinite number of possibilities. => In the end though, I think of Kari like I do Wil Wheton, who played Wesley => from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Nice analogy. I didn't care for the Weasel and I don't care for "Woo- HOO!" SNIP SNIP SNIP SNIP SNIP => I won't overeact to any retooling of Maggie's character, and I'll gleefully => avert my eyes at any continuity they decide to gloss over to do it. No comment. => I just want them to FIX THE SHOW. It had potential. It still does. Yes, it does. Whether it will live up to that potential remains to be seen. James -- Memory, prophecy and fantasy - the past, the future and the dreaming moment between - are all one country, living one immortal day. To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.

1998-02-01 00:00:00 - Re: FOX silliness (was "I don't blame Kari Whuher...") - (spkymky@aol.com)


>Ooooo! You mean, have the romantic tension between Quinn and a > guy? Make Quinn a homosexual!? Bold move. Wouldn't happen. > > I'm guessing that this is sarcasm. ;) No, I'm referring to the Maggie/Wade conflict, and bringing conflict into the group of four. A male character, could have the same effect with just about anybody in the core sliders and bring off the whole "military bearing" thing better. And yes, now that you mention it, your suggestion would be a bold move. And I'm quite aware that the stuffed shirts who decide what we want to watch would never do it. > Sheeeee-oot! If bouncing around as "Woo-hoo!" (aka Cap'n Hooters) > was a stretch of her acting ability (re: The Breeder), then she has > none to speak of. > > A grizzled and hard nosed military type would be a stretch for ms. Whuher. She is quite adept at bouncing around. Just write a character that's SUPPOSED to bounce around. Bad, Bad, Bad Writing. > FOX micromanagement. As I mentioned myself earlier. >=> In the end, FOX tried to fix something that wasn't broken. > FOX broke it in the first place. And then continued to break it. I should have been more clear here. I meant to refer to the original cast, with plenty of potential between them. And yes, it's completely FOX's fault. > JRD decided to leave because of what FOX had done to the show. > His departure was as much a symptom as "Woo-HOO!"'s entrance. No argument there. I've read plenty of interviews with JRD and Torme, describing the various sides of this. JRD reads his share of sf, from my understanding, Heinlein among them--this interest is shown in his idea for Exodus itself... a decent enough premise for an episode, barring everything that came afterwards. >No, it didn't really have a direction. The group was just sort of > bumbling along from universe to universe, hoping that the cosmic > roulette table would bounce them into the one slot among an almost > infinite number of possibilities. > > And to be honest, that was quite enough for me, since I love parallel earth stories. Searching for home is enough of a premise for me. As you say, this was random. Going after Rickman, they got specific. Tekeli-li