I’m not really enjoying the show the last season or two. The writing’s gotten increasingly lazy, and it’s deteriorated to the point where the special effects are driving the plot rather than vice-versa. Suddenly, EVERY episode has to be a major ‘all new! topping ourselves! You won’t believe it!’ twist instead of just concentrating on solid storytelling.
They changed the timeline completely a season or two back and they’ve done next-to-nothing with that opportunity. Kevin - who was an early and interesting portrayal of an autistic child on television (anticipating the current trend), is now just an ordinary, boring, generic teen. We got an entire repeat of the Jo/Zane romance (basically already covered in seasons two and three - why did they need to cover this ground all over again?) Allison’s characterization’s been blown out of the water - she’s unrecognizable. I’m starting to think the writing team (which was largely new) introduced the new timeline so they would have an excuse not to familiarize themselves with the show’s previously established timeline and characterizations.
There’s also been a lot said in recent publicity interviews that they’re going to go ‘really dark’ this season with the plots and themes. I’m so not interested in that. And judging by some of the reaction on Twitter - a lot of people aren’t. I’m sure they’ll still get viewers and I’ll keep an eye on the show, but I’m just no longer that interested. (The producer, Jaime Paglia, keeps tweeting frantically things like ‘Just give it a chance! Enjoy the ride!’ - which smacks of desperation and isn’t convincing me. I’m not enjoying the ride. So I’m backing off watching.)