The Gazebo wrote:mtwentz wrote:This was just one critic but the overall critical consensus has been very positive. 72% on Metacritic I believe.
Listen, it's hard to argue for The Return's failure when critics are hoisting it up the flagpole. I would walk around with a degree of smugness myself if my opinion aligned with the critics. However, I firmly believe that this particular show needs a few years for some form of consensus to build, simply because of its divisive nature. I've already hinted at the critcs' fear of losing their cultural capital if they went swimming against the tide while it still matters. In a few years time, this risk is lessened, and we might get their true opinion. If highly experienced critics are still trumpeting The Return's excellence, I'll readily accept the fact that my appreciation of true art has its limits.
And I don't have an issue with anything you wrote above. I only have an issue when some posters (mostly unintentionally) misrepresent what the critics are writing today. And also I think some posters are exaggerating the extent to which the fanbase is divided. From what I've seen, it is divided to a certain extent, but much less so than it was after Fire Walk With Me premiered in 1992. But that's a personal impression of mine and more difficult to measure.