Ratings and the demographics of the ratings are all that count. Where negative opinions come in is if there's a groundswell that changes the ratings. Keep in mind that half of Howard Stern's listeners only listened because they couldn't stand him and wanted to hear what &%@*# thing he said next. What the networks want is high numbers to raise the price of advertizing (and, since there are always replacement shows in the works, they don't care how loyal fans are if their numbers aren't big enough). I don't think fans complaining about certain characters hurts in any way (look at the years long fan debate on Ziva or how Tony has been portrayed on NCIS - it didn't effect the ratings, so no one cares but us fans).
I don't get why they have Fischer. She adds nothing -- no conflict, no support, nothing. Lisbon doesn't seem to have a role with the FBI, and with Fischer on board, I don't see how she'd develop one. If they got rid of Fischer, both Lisbon and Cho could do more with Jane!
I forgot ... I really didn't like JJ getting killed. I liked his bizarre character and will miss his showing up now and then. Besides that, I hope like h*** that they're not resurrecting Red John or his surrogates or some worldwide cult of billions upon billions of loyal murdering followers who will no doubt take over the FBI. I hope not!!
I thought it was completely acceptable protocol to have left Fischer because he was going undercover and her cover was blown. Even she understood afterward and shrugged it off. Did Jane know, though, that he was going to get onto the compound and so have to dump Fischer but didn't tell her? Yeah, that's Jane - better to get forgiveness than permission. I also don't see that it would be in character (or skill level) for Jane to get into the computer system. That would be the kind of thing he would get someone else to do for him. I think, whether we can believe it or not, that we're supposed to assume he's just that good.
I too think that Sheldon can sometimes be quite a nasty piece of work ... but I'm not sure this was him being nasty as much as invested in a lifestyle slipping away. What I'm thinking of is how much I liked the time spent in the house 4 of us rented for 3 years of college (and that maybe 50 other fellow students crashed there in that time span) and the decor wasn't like a home but more like dorm clutter. I also recall one of my housemates saying that I was in my element there -- which is what I think Sheldon was trying to keep. So, maybe Peter-Pan-ish and self-centered/short-sighted (rather than nasty-selfish), but not like him fighting over a parking space he wasn't ever going to use anyway.
One thing I like about this show this season is Watson's development into a lesser detective, certainly (or the fun of Sherlock would be diluted), but a real detective in her own right. I liked not only the case she solved, but that the police extended her "professional courtesy" as a detective who works with the police. I also think that her character's personality is such that she is a cop-friendly sister type figure who can and certainly will think to ask how these new acquaintances are doing and care when they share that information (not a romantic interest for Bell).
I was thinking his voice was deeper and hoarser and I was wondering if he wasn't sick during the filming.
I still like Leonard and Penny together -- but was thinking in this episode that it has been awhile since they acted like a couple dating who's already said, "I love you," to each other. In the past scenes when Penny's been obviously in love with Leonard, it makes more sense that she puts up with all-the-things-Jonas-hates-about-Leonard. It's a stereotypical joke thrown in her giving half-eaten chocolates (and a lot of "girls" as she's being depicted would give nothing more than sex which they would expect to be received as a rare and precious commodity no matter how often she had sex with her boyfriend). I get the comedy show making jokes -- but I also felt that in this episode they were more like a ten years on married couple in their conversations and level of romance??
I really like Penny and Leonard being together (enough that I waited until I could get the whole season and they had gotten back together to watch the episodes after they broke up). I especially like the scenes that show how hot for or into Leonard Penny is -- because of the incongruity, maybe. Like when she decides to get a pair of lensless glasses to look smart rather than be smart and she stumbles after him as he leads her to the bedroom to undress her down to her glasses ... and maybe her boots -- or when she wore the little black dress to the faculty get together to use her boobs for Leonard's advancement. I mean that that's a stereotypical character, but a funny and loving one. I too though wish she didn't drink so much or knock the side mirror off her "friend's" car and not even tell them (and I can see someone laughing at the old guy falling, but also see them catching themselves and feeling bad for their initial reaction).
Hayley's just a very practiced liar, rather than remarkable. It's a comedy and it's fun -- like when she was pretending to have a waitress job.
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