There is still so much I want to say about all of it, but my thoughts won't organize themselves sufficiently. Read cleolinda; lots of commentary and links.
I do, however, want to comment eventually on the less-loaded topic of bad storytelling, which was also a factor here.
But there's also this: any hack on earth can write tragedy. Devastating your audience is the easiest thing in the world.
You know what's hard? Blowing their minds with sheer joy. Shock them by giving them what they didn't even know they could want. I think I can count the times on one hand where a show managed that. To get it, you have to work for it.
I don't get--I'll never get--why anyone on earth would do the second--would manage the fucking impossible--but in the end, only care about, only take pride in, only value doing the first.
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