Well, what’s the fuckin’ point of ya’ then?

https://screenrant.com/watch-tv-show-discworld-pratchett-character-changes

I read the above link and was initially just gonna do a short Facebook post linking to it, but as I wrote my thoughts on each of the character changes, I couldn’t help expounding in greater detail and finally thought, yeah, fuck it, let’s just go whole hog and turn this into a blog post. You’ll notice how I go from brief acknowledgement to full on rant-mode as the post progresses. Fun times. So without further ado…

I mean, Vimes seems okay. I’m alright with Angua being the vet (heh-heh). At least she’s blond. Carrot seems fine as well. But Cheery as a non-binary human? In a setting where they already acknowledge there are dwarves? Okay, fine. I’ll give you one “woke” element alongside whatever random blackwashing here and there. Sybil being a vigilante is… okay, I suppose. I mean, otherwise the character is just this large/fat socialite and maybe that wouldn’t translate well into a modern series. It’d take quite a bit of time to warm her up to an audience if she were more true to the books. Making her a badass would grant the instant gratification and connection with the audience that this presumably short series/season would require.

But no Detritus, Nobby or Colon? Okay, I’m okay with no Detritus. I mean, Pump in Going Postal was cool but obviously hokey.

But no Nobby or Colon? Well, fuck you and your woke-ness. It’s one thing to take away a strong-arm like Detritus, but taking away Nobby and Colon, two characters that you probably couldn’t do justice without being at least mildly offensive, just takes away the soul and the whole fucking point of a Watch series. It’s literally like Cheers without Norm (Nobby) and Cliff (Colon). It’s not even like Frasier because while we all remember the show as being this highbrow series, the truth is, Frasier himself, for all his pretenses of being an enlightened being, was a self-righteous & pompous ass. Him getting hoisted by his own petard, either by the universe or through his own actions, was a big part of the show’s appeal. Incidentally, I’ve been re-watching Frasier lately, and I really have to do a post on it sometime. Anyway, back to my rant on the BBC’s “The Watch”.

Seriously, if you want to do a “woke” series, just cast Daniel Radcliffe in a series centered around Ponder Stibbons and his fellow nerds. At least that would be in-character (until he started getting a tad more jaded in later books).

I was super looking forward to The Watch, but now? Not so much. Not because they changed the skin color, actual race (as in species) or sexual orientation of the characters. Not even because they changed the characters themselves. But because by removing Detritus (who let’s face it, can still be brought in later as either an actual troll or maybe just a really tough and grizzled human), and especially by removing Nobby and Colon, they’ve pretty much removed the entire point of a The Watch series.

Like, why should I watch The Watch when I can just re-watch some Brooklyn 99? What’s the fucking point of The Watch?

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