so this isinspired by brella’s incredible fic you all probably know (if not, GO READ IT!) ‘The Next Great Adventure’.
The last chapter killed me in so many ways. And I don’t want to spoil too much here but ARTEMIS WTF DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?
so yeah, that’s a way to vent my whirlwind of feelings and make the end of the chapter more bearable for me.
To quote the Nostalgia Critic, "For something to be considered art, both the artist, and the audience must be invested. If one or the other isn't, then it's not art. It just desperation."
If the fandom could, just for a moment, look at Young Justice through the eyes of "common sense", rather than the eyes of "the feels", I'd be willing to bet that many of them would feel discussed with how it was handled. It's sad how Greg Weisman obviously put little effort into the show. Hell, in an interview with the game reviewer, Angry Joe, Weisman openly admitted that he and Brandon Viette never wanted to direct YJ in the first place. Weisman also made jokes about killing off characters, and was, and still is rude and disrespectful to fans on the AskGreg website. Also, when the show was canceled, Weisman didn't even so much as lift a finger in any attempt to save it. Instead, he just wrote the worthless ending we got, threw up his hands, said screw this, and left to go direct Star Wars Rebels. Cartoon Network shouldn't get all the blame for the failure of Young Justice, because Weisman had is hand in it too. To call back to the NC's quote; if the creator of a product doesn't care or put effort into their product, then the quality of the product will suffer. That's not some outlandish idea, it's common sense.
I have a theory though(and it's just a theory, nothing more). I believe that before Young Justice came out, we as an audience, fell in love with the concept of what the show was going to be, however when the show came out, is disappointed us to such a degree, that we couldn't accept it. When this happened, we subconsciously transposed our love of the concept onto the product. Again, this is just a theory. I still have no idea why so many people mindlessly love this show, and defend it with a near cult-like mentality(not that there's anything wrong with that. I just don't understand it).
I miss Wally.
Third.........(sigh) I know I'll probably catch some flak from the YJ fandom for saying this, but I have to say it. I honestly don't understand why people are getting so emotional over what happened to Wally in the show. Yeah.... I did just say that, but before anyone starts harping on me, hear me out. Young Justice is a show that offended me. Honest to God, it offended me. Of course it wasn't the characters, animation, or voice acting that offended me, since those were all wonderful (hell, probably the best out of any DC cartoon). It was a combination of the writing, and Greg Weisman himself. I couldn't find an overbearing plot in Young Justice. Sure, it had plenty of sub-plots (in actuality, it had WAY too many), but those were just haphazardly strung together. I also couldn't find any semblance of a three-act-structure in the show's story either.
Now folks, what I'm about to say may upset some of you, because I'm about to talk about what truly offended me (Please read this comment with an open mind).
On April 1, 2014, Greg Weisman answered a specific AskGreg question. The question had been posted back in December 2013, and reads as follows...... "Would Wally have returned if the show got a third season?"
Greg Weisman answered..... "No, he wouldn't have returned in the third season, or the forth season or the fifth, or sixth. He's dead, remember."
I am not fictionalizing this folks. This is what Weisman willingly said to a fan, on April Fools Day. THIS solidified my view of Weisman, which was already bad enough, since he started the show off on the wrong foot. That wrong foot being the time Weisman said, before the show even aired, "Not everyone's gonna survive this." He said that with a smirk on his face, to the point that he was almost laughing to himself. These are not the actions of a director who cared about these characters. These are the actions of a juvenile prick who thought it more important to use these characters as tropes to emotionally screw over the audience. This is why I can't be emotional over what happened to Wally in the show. It's kinda hard to care about characters in a show, when it's so obvious that the director of said show didn't give two flying fucks about any of them.
I DID NOT write this comment to try and convince people not to like the show. All of you out there who like the show, have every right to like it and every right to respectfully state why you like it. In the same light, I have every right to respectfully state why I don't.
I'll conclude my rant with this. Young Justice is NOT a shitty show, but it's not a great show either. It has plenty of faults, just like any other show. However, concerning how Greg Weisman treated the show, its characters, and to an extension, us, the audience, there is one undeniable fact about Young Justice. The true heart and soul of this show never resided in Weisman. It resides in its fans. It resides in art like this, and fanfic's like Brella's "The Next Great Adventure.", and that is where our emotions over the show should truly be invested.
And you're absolutely right. It's so frustrating at times when you think
about how the show COULD have been if Greg approached it with
a different attitude.
Thanks for taking your time and writing this wonderful comment!
Another thing that turned me away from this show, was the statements I got when I met some of the voice actors at different conventions. When I met Nolan North at SacAnime 2013, he said that it was really fun voicing Superboy, but he felt a little uncomfortable with the work environment Weisman had created. Again, not saying Weisman's a bad person, but it can't be denied, that when a boss has no passion for their job, that dispassion will filter down to their staff, and when that happens, the quality of their work degrades. It just seems like the management of YJ was never held accountable for anything, and because of this, the show was taken in every direction at once, with no overwhelming context to guide it in the best direction.
If I were to make a comparison between YJ and something, that something would be, New Coke. Now if you don't know what New Coke is, that's ok, and I'll explain. In the 1980's, CocaCola decided to remake Original Coke into a new flavor. New Coke was hyped to all HELL before it was released, however when it finally came out, people detested it so much that the company had to pull the product as fast as they could to save their revenue. So how is this like Young Justice? Well, much like New Coke, YJ was hyped to the hilt, and when the whole fiasco was over, it just left a bad taste in peoples mouths.
For what it's worth, Young Justice truly did have potential, and it still does. It's just that the potential it has never truly resided in the show itself. To restate what I said in my previous comment, the potential resides in us. When we write fanfics, we shouldn't ever restrict ourselves because of what happened in the show. Instead of rehashing already existing storyline's, we should make up our own. We should invent our own characters, both heros and villains, after all, Weisman did just that when he invented Kaldur'ahm. If your preferred ship didn't happen in the show, make it happen in a fanfic. Just because Weisman says something is cannon doesn't mean that what we say is cannon has any less validity. My advice, would be to ignore everything Weisman says about YJ, and invent your own cannon, because at the end of the day, all the characters in YJ are imaginary, and if something is imaginary, then it can be whatever anyone wants it to be. No one person can put limits on what is imaginary, not even Greg Weisman (personally, I think Weisman has forgotten that).
P.S. I have a few head cannon YJ crack-parrings/ships of my own if you'd like to hear them.
Can't believe they f*cking canceled this show. It still had so much potential ! Hell, it even ended with a cliffhanger, they clearly planned to keep going.
Whatever they had to cancel it for better be Goddamn good or so help me, I will sell my soul to Klarion and rain down a motherf*cking firestorm upon them. I will massacre them !! I WILL F*CK THEM UP !!!