I feel the need to publicly declare it: I’m no longer watching Doctor Who.  Admittedly, I was late getting into the show having only started watching in 2011.  Maybe I wasn’t sufficiently invested to begin with, I don’t know.

Of the current series, I only watched the first episode and that was over a week ago.  After it was over, my response was akin to, “Eh, whatever.”  I’m not going to get all detailed about my problems with the show in the past few years beyond saying I just don’t think the stories have been very interesting and I’ve found it more and more difficult to care about any of the characters.

Yeah, I guess there have been some complaints about how much the show caters to SJW sensibilities, but it’s never bugged me before.  Although I will admit that I probably would’ve quit anyway when (not if) they finally decide to have the Doctor be a female for a series or two.  That would be a bridge too far.

But no, I’m just not interested anymore.

It’s a sad experience for me, as a sci-fi nerd, whenever I depart a fandom.  It’s not something I do lightly either.  The most beloved multiverse of my life is the Transformers.  To get an idea of how loyal I am to that franchise, understand that I paid to see each of those horrible Michael Bay movies in the theatre.  This is from a guy who only goes to the movies maybe once or twice a year.  After the last one (I can’t even remember what the fuck it was called now), I firmly decided that I was done with that series.

They’re so terrible that I have never even re-watched any one of them.   Somebody bought me one of them for Christmas one year and I eventually donated it to a thrift store after letting it sit on a shelf for several months with the plastic still on it.  Thankfully, I can still watch Transformers: Prime on Netflix.  Or Transformers: Netflix on Prime.  Whatever it is.

One show that I came really close to quitting, decided not to, and then ultimately wished I had was the 2004 Battlestar Galactica.  It was great for the first two seasons but there was a sense that something was going wrong early in the third.  I stuck with it because I really liked all of the characters and I wanted to see what was going to happen to them.  My loyalty was not rewarded in the end.  That finale…sheesh.  Sloppy and rushed story.  Crap.

Ever since then, I’ve been far less hesitant to quit a fandom when it’s become a waste of time.  Well, I should say: “when it’s become a bigger waste of time than something else I could be wasting my time on.”  Other series I’ve abandoned include Terminator (didn’t even bother watching the third movie because Judgment Day was good enough) and Aliens (gave up halfway through the third movie and never looked back).

It makes me sad to know that Star Wars is eventually going to reach that same tired point.  The signs are already there.  Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll make it through Episode 9.  But there’s a good chance I’ll start skipping the “standalone” movies like Rogue One and the dozens of origin stories and all that Disney is lining up.

Anybody else have any fandom departures to share?  Let’s call this Fanboys & Fangirls Anonymous.  Tell me how and why you ended your abusive relationship with a particular film/comic/television show/book series/etc series that you soured on.

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kevinmkr

Heroes. Wasn’t good to begin with but *hinted* that it could be. Ultimately just ended up catering to tweens. I made it about 2 seasons and then hung it up.

Zurvan

I’ll take it a different track, since you said, “etc.”. Zelda. I loved Zelda, from the original on the NES, through to the Ocarina of Time on the N64. I played every iteration, and loved them all…even the ones that sucked. I spent countless hours figuring out all of the puzzles in the Temples, and quirks of the games…hours and hours. Why did I give up on the franchise? Frustration. I spent the better part of four weeks trying to beat the Shadow Temple in Ocarina of Time. Four damn weeks. Every time you die in the temples you start… Read more »

santino

Zelda. I loved Zelda, from the original on the NES

Ahh, memories! I also spent a lot of time on Super Mario Bros getting to the end to save the princess. I also remember wasting a ton of time on Megamania on the Atari.

santino

I gave reality TV about one episode and decided it wasn’t for me. I think I made it through the very first episode of Survivor and decided it was too contrived and obviously not real. It really grated on me. I’ve dabbled in a couple episodes of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, but they’re just too irritating for me. I’d say about 90% of my TV viewing is dedicated to sports. The other 10% is spent on Better Call Saul, or whatever non reality show is on National Geographic or Discovery Science. I did give up… Read more »

Judge dredd, pro se

I gave up on call of duty, grand theft auto, and Star Wars battlefront. Micro transactions have ruined the gaming industry. It’s worse than the quarter eating arcade games. I tacitly agree with zurvan about game of thrones. I’m a huge fan of “mountain” and the scene where he kills the Spaniard with “I killed your mother, your wife and raped your daughter” while he’s gouging dude’s eyeballs out. Now he’s some kind of zombie thing that appears to be written back into the series as an afterthought. If the hound dies or turns into some faggy good guy who… Read more »

Thrill

My list of dedicated shows is pretty short. I watch very little tv and don’t have cable. The only series I’m into that I’ll watch all the way through are:

Venture Brothers
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Trailer Park Boys
Stranger Things (excited for season two!)
Archer
Ash vs Evil Dead
Schitt’s Creek
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (glad to have it back)

That’s all.

Zurvan

I have heard that Breath of the Wild is awesome though. Maybe I’ll revisit the series just for that.

I played it a little bit at the Nintendo store in New York (Totally worth stopping in if you’re in NY). It still had a bit of that Twilight Princess, though it had more killing from what I could see. The NY store is the only place in the country where they keep the Switch in stock at all times. I ended up getting one and Breath of the wild for me soon-to-be 11 year old.

Zurvan

I don’t have cable either, cancelled it a few years back, don’t miss it. Shows I generally watch: Top Gear, and the new version, The Grand Tour on Amazon. Those three Brits crack me the hell up. Plus I like cars. The Big Bang Theory Suits This Is Us (If you haven’t given this one a shot yet, watch the first episode. It has a way of grabbing you. Interesting story, and the actors are fantastic.) Lately while on the road, I’ve been catching myself watching Shark Tank on CNBC in the evenings. Some brilliant people out there…and a lot… Read more »

spootyjim

Ash vs. Evil Dead is so very good, although I thought they mangled the shit out of the time travel paradoxes. I seriously thought the reward ceremony at the end of season two was a hallucination or something until I realized they were playing it straight. Have you tried Stan Against Evil on Bravo? It was a fantastic, though short 6 episodes that really helped ease our Ash craving in between episodes. John C. McGinley plays the titular lead, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that I didn’t love him in. The Trailer Park Boys used to be… Read more »

I’m surprised. I’ve thought this season of Who was a lot stronger than the last two.

spootyjim

I gave up on The Walking Dead two episodes from the end of season two. I picked it back up when they introduced the Governer, and quit for good after that story arc. I love the comics so very much, and knew everything was going to go sideways when they kept Shane past his expiration date from the comics. I hated how they botched their portrayal of the Governor. In the comics he basically looks like Danny Trejo, but in the show they picked a guy who’s one shade of white away from catching fire in the sun. Honestly, the… Read more »

Thrill

Man, it got dusty in here…

Call of Duty. mostly enjoyed the games right up to the Black ops 3 game, after that.. meh.. ..the story lines got more contrived and odd ass.. oh
HALF LIFE…… i have given up all hope that there will be a HL3……………. fucking Valve….

i really enjoyed the first season, but could see that it was gonna be a one shot pony…the 2nd season it went into the dumpster…

Big Bang Theory…… after the guys got Gf’s it wasnt that funny any more…and some of the Nerd humor was….. meh,,, Star Trek Voyager…… i stuck it out for 3 seasons, got tired of the sanctimonious crap, weak stories shitty charters, and no real feeling of them living on the edge…dropped back in on the “year of Hell” miniarch… then they hit the reset button…. walked away after that. Agents of Shield……just lost interest… The Shield…… after a few seasons it wasnt that shocking or engaging any more. As for BSG, i would have quit midway through the New Caprica… Read more »

ah 2 shows that i stopped watching because i simply could not watch them when the kids were up… Banshee, and strike back….

Zurvan

You want Politicized? Watch Designated Survivor. I was really looking forward to the premise. I mean, all of the jackass politicians in Washington get wiped out? That’s some karma right there. And Jack Bauer (ok, not Jack Bauer) has to pick up the pieces? Sign me up. It was interesting to see some of the immediate aftermath – a state trying to secede, and not recognizing the POTUS? Interesting legal questions. But they have laid the liberal BS on quite thick on a few episodes. Their episode about gun control was a joke that felt like it was written by… Read more »

oh i watched that fora bout 6 episodes.. i could not take it any more the plot was clear as day. and Using anti-tank mines to blow up the capitol? What in the fuck? it would take THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS! to even to come close….t… then thee was the business as normal attitude afterwards? .. ugh

let me guess the only other “designated Survivor” was in on it?

yeah it really hurt the show, adn the fucking ending! WTF?? AGh me and
LEE went round and round over that..

Yeah, I wasn’t fond of Clara either. Just not a very interesting character (although Heaven Sent was one of the best episode of the entire run).

yes but it was good.. i need to watch he 2nd season of that,.

Fun fact, a few years ago, I auditioned Pearl Mackie for a role and turned her down because she wasn’t likeable enough…

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