The Evil Leaper

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Joan of Arcadia's on the bubble, and its future won't be announced until mid May. I still get a kick out of God (something you're unlikely to hear me say in any other context), and I was really impressed by the producer's willingness to kill off a supporting character (who, granted, may well have been introduced expressly for that purpose). But please-- an evil counterpart to Joan? At least they didn't go all the way and introduce someone who talks to the Devil, but this character's motivation makes no sense. He can see and talk to God, but resents and rejects Him-- so now (because he's conveniently wealthy) he insinuates himself into positions of power in the lives of those Joan loves so he can threaten Joan for no discernable reason.

Blech.

I expected better. But with ratings down in its sophomore year, the producers apparently felt like they needed to hint at Big Things To Come to try to secure a renewal. Contrast that with Enterprise, which now that it's cancelled has been turning out some of the best episodes of the series. After the disastrously ill-conceived Xindi season, the show's finally living up to its promise of being a prequel. We saw more of the Andorians and Tellarites, some Orion slave girls, the beginnings of the Federation, and now a trip into the Mirror universe. Even better, we got entirely new theme music and a new credits sequence with all the usual scenes of human exploration replaced with scenes of war and destruction. Great touch! If the show had shown this much whimsy and sense of fun from the outset, it might have had a few more years of life.

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See, I rather enjoyed Joan, even if the Bad Guy plot is a little heavy handed. In fact, if the show's not renewed, I'd be happy with that episode as a series finale. For me, it works perfectly well as an opening-out.

It may be too late for me to pick up Enterprise; I lost interest during the first season and never made it to the Xindi. Bummer; I too had high hopes for it.

See, I rather enjoyed Joan, even if the Bad Guy plot is a little heavy handed. In fact, if the show's not renewed, I'd be happy with that episode as a series finale. For me, it works perfectly well as an opening-out.

I liked the show better when the producer wrote more of the scripts, and when the Adam/Jane thing hadn't been so static as it has been much of this season. My chief complaint about the heavy-handedness of bringing in the Ryan character was the way they hammered out Sympathy for the Devil when he first turned up, jeez, give us a little credit for figuring it out.

I have a theory that they had been positioning the Lucy character as the Adversary this season but the writing just didn't work out so she was written out.

My guess at the odds that the show will be renewed: 7-3 in favor.

I jumped off the Star Trek franchise midway through DS9 because I was feeling like it had been a long time since I'd seen the really good writing that used to go into the shows.

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