Friday, January 15, 2016

"YOU BROKE MY HEART!"

Greg on his blog here: "Lately, however, I have been in a reconciliatory mood with franchises that broke my heart." This actually got me thinking about what canons or franchises broke my heart in the past, why they did so, and if any of them have begun to win me back over to them. Here's what I got:

Disney - This one happens every once in a while, but it was mainly during the post-renaissance days when Michael Eisner started to run the company and it's many properties into the ground with his micro-managing, over merchandising, network decaying, DTV cheapquels, pandering, and greed that emphasized success and money over art, imagination, and quality. Thank Heavens he got the boot.

Winnie The Pooh - It started when otherwise good Disney's Pooh properties such as "The New Adventures" and "The Book of Pooh" were being put out on Playhouse Disney. Then more and more Pooh stuff got aimed and marketed solely to kids rather than people of all ages like it's meant for. The introduction of the merchandisable Kid Appeal Character, Lumpy the Heffalump, was the nail in the coffin. A CG series centering around Pooh and Tigger solving problems alongside Chloe Grace Moretz (in retrospect, her involvement in anything kid friendly becomes so wrong) only reaffirmed this. The quality Winnie the Pooh material I enjoyed was as good as dead. Now as of 2011, the short but excellent "Winnie The Pooh" film was released and Disney Junior began airing re-dubs of the original Pooh shorts. But only time will tell if Pooh can maintain being treated with this respect.

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was a favorite story of mine in my childhood, so when
I heard that Peter Jackson was finally tackling it and adapting it into a two part film, I was so hyped. The trailers only raised my excitement, and that first installment was really damn good, telling half the story while also adapting the predecessor storyline to "The Lord of the Rings" told in the appendixes. Then I read the announcement that the planned duology was to now be a trilogy. Immediately I knew that was a terrible idea since "The Hobbit" isn't a big enough story to carry three films. My feelings were validated when the second installment turned out to be an absolute mess, with the third being slightly better but still padded out with too much film-invented crap. I was overall very underwhelmed by the Hobbit trilogy and there are many others who feel the same way. Peter Jackson was in fact overwhelmed by it after he was done, the studio executives pushed so much on him and wrecked so much of his vision for the films. Someone has got to do an edit of the second and third films so that we can see the "There And Back Again" we were meant to see from the start.

Star Wars - Hooh boy, where to start with this one? Well my first full exposure to "Star Wars" was with the first ever Special Editions and I will say now that I do not at all find anything wrong with the idea of said Special Editions - the problems come from George Lucas constantly going back to make more of them while simultaneously denying the original editions to exist. I loved every movie in the original trilogy and ate up all the good merchandise I could get. Episode I came out in 99 and I was as hyped for it as anyone, and while after watching it I could immediately tell it wasn't nearly as good as the original trilogy, I enjoyed it for the most part. (Yes, it does get worse upon rewatches, why do you ask?). But then I mostly forgot about the franchise until Episode II came around. I cannot begin to describe how utterly underwhelmed and even let down I was by that film. I went to it expecting to see the Clone Wars, but it advanced nothing until the very end in which the Clone Wars truly began! After a while I found that nothing about the movie stuck in my memory except how bad that romance was, how sort of cool the climax was, and how much I disliked the experience overall. I soon found that the further into the franchise I delved into, the less it began appealing to me. The prequels, the expanded universe canon that ran throughout different stories told in different mediums, the f**king Clone Wars, the arbitrary revisions in the second and third Special Editions...it was just a huge mess that seemed so damn insistent upon itself and it's greatness. More than that, the fandom was a whiny, entitled, geeky nightmare that was also so damn insistent upon itself and it's greatness! The last straw was the realization that George Lucas was little more than Ed Wood if he'd been fortunate enough to surround himself with more competent people whose work he could profit off of and take credit for. "Star Wars" was dead to me. That is, until Disney bought out Lucasfilms and took the helm of the franchise in 2012. Suddenly, the force has awakened and is strong with this one again.

Star Trek - I'm not an avid fan of the "Star Trek" franchise, but I really did feel like it had a good thing going with the movie reboot by JJ Abrams, and I still maintain that the cast and effects in these films are extraordinarily good. But "Into Darkness" pretty much killed my investment in the series, and it can be summed up with this one clip. Good luck taking Zachary Quinto's Spock seriously after that.

Kingdom Hearts - This may well be the biggest heartbreaker. When I first heard that such a game was actually being made, it felt like a childhood dream coming true. Long had I wanted to see Disney undertake a project that would put a large number of their greatest characters from their animated canon together in one epic adventure narrative. The first game exceeded my expectations and fulfilled my desires for the most part - things I would’ve liked to see in it that didn’t make it in eventually got put into KH2 (Beauty And The Beast based world, Mulan, The Lion King, etc.) Overall it was a thing of magic and beauty to me. Flash-forward to today and the franchise has become more like my personal Star Wars than Star Wars!. I still love and always shall love the original trilogy (KH, CoM, and KH2), and I’m fine with the “special editions” that got released (the Final Mixes, “Re:” versions, and HD remakes), but I feel like the “prequel trilogy” (Coded, Days, and BBS) and all that followed it have just completely wrecked the series, with only the last of them released (BBS) being any good. And the new games up to KH3 are on Expanded Universe and Clone Wars Era levels of untidy, convoluted, pretentious clusterfuck that stray so far from the roots of the series that I fell in love with. The entire point of this franchise was to be a DISNEY based series made as collaboration between Disney and Square Enix, and yet now it’s largely a Square Enix original RPG series with Disney as window dressing and decorative ornaments. Yen Sid, King Mickey, and presumably Donald and Goofy in KH3, are now the only Disney characters to be of any importance to the ongoing story. And what has transpired in said ongoing story is nonsensical, shitty writing and bad storytelling by any standard. And since the original games are still some of my favorite things ever, this really doesn’t please me. At all. Tetsuya Nomura is a hack who ought to be removed from this series ASAP! The first three games were, are, and always shall be excellent, but the series went down the wrong path afterwards, and the “Seeker Of Darkness Chronicle” was a terrible idea that never should have been since it has only served to kill quality, enjoyability, and interest in a once great property.

Pokemon - Almost up there with KH in terms of how badly it's let me down as of late! This was once an endearingly simple franchise in it's first few generations and aside from the anime's writing quality going to hell in the Johto seasons it was great in every aspect until the series' creator Satoshi Tajiri became executive producer for the following generation, putting the less ambitious and less talented Junichi Masuda in the role of producer. I noticed the games taking something of a decline in Gen III, which also gave us a half-assed continuation of the anime, a needless retooling of the TCG, and really weak manga arcs. Gen IV then added more complications to the games and had a horrendous anime series, but it gave us some terrific manga. With Gen V I felt the franchise underwent a renaissance in which everything seemed up to par again in terms of quality, even the anime, but even that started to dwindle towards the end. We reached Gen VI and I've stated my gripes with it before, but it's gone further than I'd ever anticipated. After the disappointing X & Y versions and the even worse Ruby & Sapphire remakes, Gamefreak seems to be foregoing a Z version and putting all of their efforts into Pokemon GO, a mobile cellphone game that you have to pay to keep playing. Longtime art designer Ken Sugimori has been removed, and Masuda seems dead set on pushing his overly-idealistic visions onto the settings of Pokemon, as the franchise just keeps biggering and biggering beyond what it should. At this point I just want everything to crash and burn after Gen VII. Go down in Charizard flames, Pokemon!

Avatar - This is a strange one since the series itself left me thoroughly satisfied in how much I loved it for how damn great it was. It's just everything that came after it that let me down. The Dark Horse comics underwhelm me because I feel Gene Yang's not talented enough at writing the stories and characters they present, and not only did "The Legend of Korra" not quite live up to the greatness of it's predecessor (to be fair, how could it?) but for a time (the back half of Book 1 and for nearly all of Book 2) it was a total disaster! By the time it got good in Books 3 and 4, the series and franchise had fallen out of relevance, getting thrown out by the network that had once embraced it. That's sad.

Batman - Look, I'm just getting real tired of Batman, okay? Please DC, stop over-saturating Batman!

Dragon Ball - When I finally got around to seeing the Buu Saga, the fabled final saga of the series,
it failed to stick the landing, big time. Most of the anime movies underwhelmed me, as did a lot of the video games, and Dragon Ball GT sucked the big one. The Kai series was great for the most part but it's production was something of a disaster, and even the new Super series isn't quite what it could be due to the overwhelming amount of time and importance Toriyama places on the SS Gods.

Spider-Man - "Peter Parker is dead: I am the Spider!" When those words were uttered, it was a sure sign that Spider-Man, both the hero and his franchise, would go to shit. The Clone Saga was one of the greatest Jump The Shark moments in comics history. Originally meant to run for a few months, it actually ran for two agonizing years, and amounted to "we thought Ben Reilly was the clone of Peter, but the Peter we've been following for so long is actually the clone and Ben Reilly is the original Peter - oh wait, no, nevermind - our first assumption was correct after all, Ben's the clone, and then he dies. And Norman Osborn comes back to life. But it's over, so yay?" Spidey was never the same again for many of us. The things that hit me even harder, though, were the hectic production of the bloated and unfocused "Spider-Man 3", One More Day, that misguided disaster of a movie reboot, and the only good Spidey property still left, "The Spectacular Spider-Man", getting unfairly cancelled in favor of the godawful yet confoundingly still running "Ultimate Spider-Man". So for now I say Spider-Man is dead!

Yu-Gi-Oh! - While the divergences and fillers made in the "Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monster" anime bothered me, I could live with them because the core story was still so damn good. But due to the anime being a monster of a trading card game marketing vehicle, the franchise just wouldn't die. "GX" was at least somewhat aware of how bad and needless it was, so it made itself semi bad and was pretty fun for it's first half before got crappy in it's second half. "5Ds" was like that second half multiplied in sheer blahness, taking itself super seriously despite having card games on motorcycles! "Zexal" was the worst, going too far in the other extreme of being silly and childish, often trying to recapture aspects of the older series' but with zero heart or charm at all, and featuring the most obnoxious protagonist. "Arc-V" seems to have course corrected the anime part of the franchise and taken it back to a quality that's somewhere between "Duel Monster" and "GX". Still not enough to save it.

Digimon - This is one that I've extensively covered elsewhere, so you can read all about it HERE.

Gargoyles - Need I even explain this? The goddamn "Goliath Chronicles" sent the series on a path where there's no returning from unless Disney gets off their asses and gives it it's renewal/reboot!

Superman - He's Superman, he's the freakin' Man of Steel! To save the day he'll do whatever he can, he'll even KILL THE MAN! JEEZUS, guy! Yeah, that movie has killed any investment I had.

Final Fantasy - The last Final Fantasy game released under Squaresoft was Final Fantasy X. All the games after it released under Square Enix have proven to be colossal letdowns. XI was a dud, XII was mediocre, XIII and XIV were just abhorrent, and all the compilations and cash-grab side games Square Enix keeps forcing down our throats just aren't working out. And now while XV is still yet to come out, they're actually remaking FFVII! At this rate, I'm hoping they come full circle and file for bankruptcy!

Power Rangers - The fact that it's still an ongoing franchise breaks my heart! Seriously, the last series that had any sort of consistently good quality to it was "Time Force!" The franchise shouldn't have lived much longer past the new millennium, and yet they seem dead set on keeping it going!

Sonic The Hedgehog - What didn't gone wrong with this franchise? The games kept on sucking after the jump to 3D, all the animated shows came and went, and the comics canon became a clusterfuck. It's seems to have recovered significantly now, but it'll never grab people the same way as in the 90's.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - The anime could have ended better, the movies sucked ass, the manga had a horrendously sluggish release schedule to rival "Pokemon Special" before it finally ended, and we're still waiting for the finale for the "Rebuild" film series, which hasn't entirely clicked.

Teen Titans - This one hurts me. The "Teen Titans" animated series and comics were a huge part of my late middle school and early high school days, and the show still holds up as one of my favorite animated series. So what has Cartoon Network done with it as of late? They had "New Teen Titans" cartoon shorts for the short lived DC Nation block, and those probably could have been made to carry a series. What we've got instead is "Teen Titans Go!", the network's most overexposed show that showcases the cheapest animation possible, terrible writing, thin characterization with zero depth, horrendously unfunny humor, and a total butchery of the original show's spirit. I thought it sucked from the start but it's only managed to get even worse with every season, to the point where it had the gall to insult not only the original show, fans of the original show, and people who hate and criticize this show, but the animation medium as a whole by saying all cartoons are "for kids" and that older fans who have "outgrown" it should just move on rather than complaining about something that "wasn't for them to start with" not being as good as they remember it being. 'Cause y'know, cartoons were "never cool" like that - it's the whining fans who don't get that they're not and never have been in line with the tastes they acquired when they matured. They're the problem, not the cartoon and it's makers! Right? FUCK YOU, TTG! This trash is an abomination to both animation and the Teen Titans' good names!

One Piece - I discovered the manga in the monthly Shonen Jump maganizes and found that the first chapters were solid enough, but by the Buggy and Kuro arcs the series showed itself to be very fun, awesome, and even emotionally involving. When did that start to change? The CP9 Saga. Many fans, particularly in Japan, are as enamored with the series as they've ever been even after that, but I just do not care for the "pirates VS government" angle that it's gone for. Not to mention the series has gone way longer and further off the rails from what Oda initially envisioned it as, to the point where they've crammed too many characters and too much of the world on the Grand Line and that's dumb. We really didn't need this much more One Piece, especially when the handling is so bad.

Sailor Moon - The anime kept declining in overall quality with each series, and when I discovered the final season, "Stars", it was absolutely putrid, to the point where I wanted to forget it even existed. We now have a new anime in "Sailor Moon Crystal", and it looks AWFUL. F**KING AWFUL.

Code Geass - My disillusionment with this one really started with the Euphinator incident, which not only a badly written Diablos Ex Machina and fridging for poor Euphie, but a lazy way out of some potentially interesting story and character ideas that were being set up. The season finale was actually good, but the event that had directly led to it lost much of my investment and it set the tone for the death and angst filled R2 season, which is one of the dumbest anime series' I've had the displeasure of seeing.

Gurren Lagann - While I felt that the death of Kamina came a few episodes too early, it was still
a great move that served as the game changer from the show, giving it a more serious edge instead
of the pure camp and silliness that came before. I was totally on board with this anime...until the timeskip in episode 16. Afterwards things started gradually getting too grim and serious! While the reveal that the Spiral King and the beast men were trying to appease an even greater force wasn't surprising, they chose to paint it as the beast men having been trying to protect humanity...through oppression. And that they kept mankind safe from the Anti-Spiral's heralds...by killing children. Nope, not working! We then got Nia getting possessed and practically raped by the Anti Spiral, Rossieu betraying and attempting to execute his former friend, Kittan dying like a psycho punk trying to invoke Kamina's sacrifice, the Anti-Spiral spouting out crap that's clearly wrong wrong wrong, and even after an over-the-top epic final battle, Simon still didn't have enough power in him to save his beloved. Thus Nia chooses to die after her marriage to Simon, Simon chooses not to save her, and everyone lives rather dismal futures, with Simon walking the earth as a hobo waiting to be reunited with Nia in death. The best thing we got out of this arc was Viral's redemption, but otherwise I found it to be downright unpleasant and a betrayal of the series' themes. Am I the only one who sees this?

Inu-Yasha - When this series started, it was almost like something from the mind of Miyazaki, that's how good it seemed. And then it went on. And on. And on. And on. AND ON. With the status of the storyline and characters stagnating while Rumiko Takahashi threw around different ideas to draw the series out even more and make more money off of it. When it finally ended, it wasn't worth the wait.

Eureka 7 - I was never even that big a fan of this series and even I felt heartbroken and offended by how terrible "Astral Ocean" turned out to be! Talk about taking a huge dump on the original work!

Toradora - It started off as a fun little romantic comedy with some degree of depth to it, but in the second half things got increasingly angsty and unpleasant and bland, and the ending was bullshit.

Haruhi Suzumiya - Publication of the light novel series went to heck after book nine. The tenth book ended up being split into two parts when it finally came out, and it told a story that felt very climactic to the ongoing Haruhi saga. We might as well skip to the end now, but no such final book, or any book since then, has come out, so it might as well BE the end now. The anime series, meanwhile, had a notoriously awful second season. Aside from the Tanbata episode that set up The Movie, we were given atrocious Endless Eight episodes and the unpleasant story behind the making of the SOS Brigade's student film from way back at the start of the show. Just like that, the franchise died.

Bleach & Naruto - The problems I have with "One Piece" are nothing compared to these two Shonen manga atrocities. "Bleach", despite it's shortcomings, was an alright manga for a good while until the Arrancar arc started and the plot moved to Hueco Mundo. It's become one of the most hack-written series to come out of Japan, with almost none of the plot and characterization clicking anymore. But "Naruto" is the absolute worst. It had a really good opening chapter and some of Kishimoto's earlier work shows much potential, and while much of that went to waste, the series was bearable until the timeskip and it getting re-branded as "Shippuden", and Kishimoto showed himself to be a terrible writer. The plot was stupid, the characters were frequently misused, the world-building was atrocious, everything's padded out to the point of boredom, the action scenes are lackluster, they explain how every damn chakra works, and it ended up as one of the most poorly written, horrendously executed, nationalistic and misogynistic, downright vile and repulsive series that I've ever had the displeasure of getting exposed to. So now my best advice to anyone would be to avoid these like the plague.

Jim Henson's Muppets - It seems everything involving Jim Henson's creations have decayed and left me feeling empty inside, even Sesame Street! And let's not even get into that edgy new show...

Game Of Thrones - I have been let down by this in two mediums, but particularly the HBO television series. George R.R Martin's first three books remain some of the best epic fantasy works I have ever read, but his ability to continue writing the series at a good pace literally declined after he wrote the dreaded Red Wedding. He's even gone on record saying it was the hardest thing he's ever written. And thus his writing, and his series, was never the same since then. The following two books were less plot driven and more about world building and politics, often featuring POV of characters we do not give a shit about. Dany and her dragons are no closer to Westeros and the Others are no closer to breaking out from beyond the Wall. And now, the TV series is actually likely to get ahead of it's source material in terms of plot advancement, and said show majorly Jumped the Shark for me following the aftermath of the Purple Wedding. Losing Joffrey was followed by Jaime's "accidental rape" of Cersei, a scene that destroyed Jaime's integrity as a character and the credibility of his redemption arc. And that was only the top of the downhill slope, as more needless, often detrimental alterations were made to Martin's story afterwards. Shae's characterization was assassinated for no good reason, the plots for Stannis, Arya, and Jon got stretched out to the point of boredom, and we didn't get time for important stuff while still having time to hear Tyrion ramble on about beetles. But even those couldn't compare to the absolute horror that was Season 5, in which the storyline in the North was butchered (including a needless rape and character arc destruction of Sansa at the hands of the show's resident Villain Sue), the storyline in Dorne was butchered (as evidenced by the total characterization 180 of Elarya Sand and those dreadful Sand Snakes), and the completion of Stannis Baratheon's arc was butchered. At this point I cannot see how Benioff and Weiss can drag their work through the mud any further and make this show any more disappointing. I look forward to how the show tackles uncharted territory in the coming seasons, but I'm not passionate about the show itself.

Pirates Of The Caribbean - It started with such a splendidly done summer blockbuster based on the theme park ride and introduced us to the great Captain Jack Sparrow. So what. the hell. happened?

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Seasons 4 and 5 weren't the best, but they gave us a good enough story and good enough note for the series to end on. And then the sudden renewal and move to UPN happened. The show became a mediocre quality, poorly written, overly angsty and melodramatic, heartless shell of it's former self for both seasons 6 and 7, and from what I can tell, it's continued to be so in the continuation comics. It's no fun anymore, which enrages me since it used to be so fun!

Once Upon A Time - Another one I've extensively covered elsewhere, You can read about it HERE.

Everworld - A magical realm where all beings of mythology and folklore co-exist and is in danger from a great threat that must be fought by teenagers from the real world? That's the coolest idea ever! So imagine my horror as, past the first four books, all the potential of this book series started going to waste, with the characters sans Jalil lacking growth and the story settings and characters became as drive-by as those in "The Page Master!" The asinine  non-ending sealed the deal.

Epic Mickey - I absolutely love the first "Epic Mickey" game and thought it had potential to spawn a game series, hopefully with games that improve upon the problems with the original and give us some great Disney material. Only two sequels got made. "The Power Of Illusion" is easily the better of the two, but it feels like a half-finished game that got Nintendo Hard towards the end. "The Power Of Two" was the biggest letdown. The story and game design are a HUGE step down from the first game, the addition of voice acting and songs didn't matter much when Gus Gremlin had a miscast voice that he would not shut up in and the only character singing was the Mad Doctor, and the main draw to the game, playing as both Mickey and Oswald, turned out to be a complete disaster due to a split screen style, a horrible AI for Oswald, wanky camera angles and bad controls. Warren Spector showed that he'd learned nothing from his earlier mistakes, which is why Junction Point Studios got shut down afterwards. That's alright - the idea for the next sequel didn't look very good anyway.

X-Men - This is a very notable one since I really, really do love the idea behind X-Men yet feel it has never been done complete justice in any medium, with only the movie series coming the closest. The original comics went downhill ever since Chris Claremont Syndrome kicked in, and the convoluted and often pretentious nature of this ruined the X-Men name for many. The 90's series tried to replicate the comics' finer points but was met with too many terrible limitations, "Evolution" took a while to really take off as a good show, and need I elaborate on "Wolverine & The X-Men?"

Ben 10 - I thought the premise of the original series gave it such potential to be something far better than it ultimately was, but it still ended up the best we got in terms of this franchise. It showed signs of decline from the very start of the "Alien Force" sequel series, where Kevin 11 became a good guy and got a crush on Gwen out of nowhere, and then the continuity and characters of the original series were constantly altered or ignored because they just didn't care. Then the sequel Jumped the Shark with the two-parter "Absolute Power", in which Kevin had gone back to his pure evil psychopath self only to be forcibly re-redeemed so that everything went back to the status quo in the end. Boo! This got followed by a horribly grim final season of "Ultimate Alien", followed by the "Omniverse" series that went too far the other extreme in being dense and wacky. This franchise crashed and burned.

Code Lyoko - Similar to the above, I don't think the original series lived up to all the potential given to it by it's premise, but I'd take it in it's entirety, flaws and all, over the absolute joke of a "sequel" they made for it, "Code Lyoko: Evolution/". Bad CG animation mixed with live action mixed with piss poor storytelling and Scrappy new characters. Naturally, this show tanked and ended abruptly.

Looney Tunes -  Oh geez, the Looney Tunes. *Sobs* Can't they ever appeal to today's' kids?

Total Drama - "Total Drama Island" was a great animated reality show that lampooned real reality shows. It was all downhill when it got more seasons. First came the sophomore slump that was "Total Drama Action", where the reality show spoof was underplayed in favor of movie parodies, the characters got Flanderized into unlikable shells with little substance beyond their stereotypes, and the show just wasn't as fun. The following "World Tour" season seemed to get the series back on track, only for it's own shark jump halfway through when Duncan, a character no one wanted back on the show, was brought back on and the team that found him won the challenge, while the team that actually completed the objective of the challenge...lost the challenge. The Hell? And Noah is the one who got booted off in favor of Duncan. And then Duncan cheated on Courtney with Gwen, starting a nasty love triangle drama. All this happening in the second half of the season just killed it, and even after the satisfying resolution of Alejandro vs Heather, it all ended with "rocks fall, everyone dies!"
A bunch of new seasons have come out afterwards, but they're a dime a dozen. All humor, no soul.

Adventure Time -  When I really think about this one, it actually kind of hurts me. This show could have been so much better than what it ended up as nowadays. The surreal but fun and zany style of the show hiding a story of growing up, with the show, characters (mainly Finn), and audience growing up along with it, could have made for such a great show. And yet they flubbed it, mainly when Larry Leichliter departed and the show's direction changed gears for the worse and eventually found itself settling with an odd tone where some things would get better but then other things would get worse, and sometimes what got better would go bad and what got worse would get better. It's just a really uneven show now and that's such a letdown given what it could have been. It can't end soon enough.

Spongebob Squarepants - I and many others have covered how this show Jumped the Shark after the first four seasons and the movie. Series creator and producer Steve Hillenburg intended for the movie to be the series finale, but Nickelodeon wasn't willing to part with their cash cow property so they kept renewing for more seasons. Hillenburg and creative director Derek Drymon left altogether, the less talented Paul Tibbit and Vincent Waller taking their place. The show lost it's clever humor and adult edge, becoming childish, stupid, mean-spirited, and filled with gross-out humor and black comedy where heart used to be. And the occasional good episodes don't make up for all the tripe.

The Fairly Oddparents - It went down the same path as "Spongebob." The plots, characters, and humor grew to be truly horrible. Timmy became a completely selfish brat, Cosmo became an idiotic jerkass manchild, Wanda became a shrill nag, Timmy's parents became despicably abusive parents, Vicky became an over-the-top evil caricature who set out to torment kids for the evulz and even had her own parents afraid of her, Trixie Tang became a total bitch, Chester and AJ became stereotypes, Jorgan Von Strangle became obnoxiously overbearing, and Mr. Crocker became a hyperactive loon who talked of nothing but FAIRIES! and giving all his students F's! About the most decent character left was freaking Mark! The birth of baby Poof seasons later was the nail in the coffin for this shit.

Fillmore - The greatest crime committed on this show is that it got cancelled too soon. Just imagine how much more could have been done with this show if it had lasted for more than 26 episodes? What characters could have returned and how much more crime drama could have been spoofed? This was truly a show that was just too good to last. But at least it was a great show while it lasted.

Thundercats - The 2011 revival of this 80's cartoon show had everything going for it. Stellar animation, great designs, a solid voice cast, and an epic feel. All spoiled by those pampered princes!

W.I.T.C.H - The comics Jumped the Shark when the writers changed. And that included the original creators! Suddenly we saw Prince Phobos, he had a plan that was not hinted at before, Elyon was rushed to the side of good, and Caleb was introduced as a forced love interest. Such potential went to waste and it only got worse as the issues and story arcs went on. The animated series was never all that good to start with, being something to watch more for characters than story, but the way it ended up a flop that concluded on an anticlimatic letdown of a finale just reinforced the letdown.

TMNT - Namely the Nicktoons CG animated series that started in 2012. Despite it's flaws, it's first season was very solid and entertaining, and at it's best this show is possibly the best rendition of the Ninja Turtles ever. But things shot downhill almost immediately in Season 2, with the original writers leaving and the show now being run by sexist hacks who have no firm grasp on how to execute good storytelling. It's gotten a little bit back on course in Season 3 and onwards, but it could still be better.

Channel Awesome - What the hell happened to this site after "To Boldly Flee?" It was supposed to get changed up for the better, but instead it's only changed for the worse! Many of the reviewers have up and quit, one of them is dead, and the Walker brothers have become hacks who use and abuse everyone and everything in their business how they see fit so long as they get views. I miss the days where Channel Awesome's site was still home of the Nostalgia Critic, not Demo Reel V.2.

Modern Comics - The modern comic book industry is a wreck, which makes comics a terribly tedious medium as a whole. This isn't to say that all modern comics are bad, but that "dark age" of comics from the 90's never really went away. All the warts of the industry still persist: greedy execs, egocentric hack writers, and demand for things to be "dark, edgy, and cool" run rampant. Different writers get brought on board to tell different stories of a never ending narrative that, if mishandled (which it is), fatigues casual readers. Darkness, violence, cynicism and grittiness is intensified in order to make the comics appear more serious or "grown up", and shocking swerves with "huge events" happen so often in order to increase sales and make more profit. Comics are no fun anymore: they're in an awful, endless Dork Age that only appeals to die-hard geeks. And that is heartbreaking.