It’s been an interesting weekend here at the Champ Box. One of anger, hurt and tears. One that led me to question whether I should even continue with this blog. On Friday, I received some emails that suggested we at CB should tone down our recaps and write less about what we didn’t like in an episode of our beloved Show, and instead focus on the parts we did enjoy.
For those of you who don’t know, the CB staff are me (Westy), Alicia and Andrea. I started this blog early in 2012, for a bit of silliness and as something a little different to the other H50 blogs I visit. My posts were infrequent, due to a lack of inspiration rather than time. When Sardonic slowed down, and we were unsure whether there would be any S3 recaps, I decided that I would post a weekly recap – sadly, without Sardonic’s biting wit – more just a place where anyone who wanted to, could discuss the current episode.
Well, little did I realize the amount of work involved in getting out a recap, and it soon became apparent to me that I needed help. Desperately! The idea of guest recappers was very appealing, and some of my FUCUP friends offered to help out, so each week we were able to have a different take on the episode.
Alicia and Andrea soon became regular recappers, and when I knew that the first part of 2013 was going to be crazy busy for me, and that I would be forced to put the CB on an extended hiatus, I asked them to come on board as partners in the blog.
They have been doing the bulk of posting and recapping since January. Let me just say here that these two wonderful, amazing women who I am proud to call my friends, are far more intellectual, much better writers and much deeper thinkers than me, and as a result, the CB has taken a more serious turn. I was happy for the blog to just be able to continue posting each week. And I imagined that the serious, mixed in with light hearted posts, meant there would be something for everyone.
Except there weren’t as many silly posts anymore to balance out the blog. I haven’t been able to contribute much, so my posts (ie The Mom Files, the Search posts, etc) have largely been absent.
And so we have been told that for some of our original, regular visitors, the CB isn’t fun anymore and that we are perceived as being Cath ‘haters’ in the fandom, promoting negativity and hate on our blog via our recaps. This was a real W.T.F moment for us (because we were pretty sure most of the fandom didn’t even know we existed!) Hence the suggestion that we should be writing nice, happy recaps and leaving out the parts we didn’t like about the episode. Rainbows and unicorns.
Well I’m here to tell you – we don’t hate Cath. We like her. We really do! What we don’t like as much is the way she’s been written coming up to the end of this season. I won’t go into it all, our thoughts are in the recaps if you’d like to read them. As you will see, our comments relate entirely to the way Cath is being written and to our perspective on women in Show in general. What we say about Cath we would say about any female character on Show that is written in the same way.
I was asked this question – if I’m blogging about something I like, why do I blog negative stuff? My answer? I’d much rather blog truthfully. We love Show so much, but we’re not blind to its faults. And, in our opinion, it does have faults.
Obviously, fans watch for different reasons. Some because they will watch anything that Alex appears in – they don’t really watch for plot – they’re just happy to enjoy his awesomeness every week, and the same for those who are fans of Scott, Daniel and Grace and Michelle. And some, like us, who watch not only because we love Alex, but because we love H50 and we love a good story. Our blog is the H50 Champ Box after all – we are about the show and all that comes with it.
So – because sometimes the stories aren’t so great, does our criticism via the recap mean we are any less of a fan than one who doesn’t watch for plot?
A recap without an opinion attached to it – whether you agree with it or not – is…well, it’s boring. Our recaps are written to encourage debate and discussion of the episode, show and characters. They are not summaries; they are our reactions and responses to the episodes and we know full well that some people will agree and some people will not. Crikey, sometimes the three of us don’t all like the same things in an episode! We’ve been told that people who don’t share our views are reluctant to comment and that we have been bashing Cath for months.
Which brings me to 3.20. The recap of this episode was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. We were told our criticism invited mostly negative comments. We did ask for people who enjoyed the episode to comment and tell us what they loved about it, but few did. And so naturally, what emerged appeared to be a recap mired in negativity. And because those who loved 3.20 didn’t want to be drawn into the negativity (which is their choice) it left us with a discussion that wasn’t as balanced as it could have been.
Please believe me when I say it was not our intent to create an atmosphere of negativity. We simply wanted to open up a discussion about the episode. This is true of all the recaps we have written this season. If you look back, you will see we wrote about what we liked and what we didn’t and that we welcome all comments, whether in agreement with our views or not. Because that’s what we like to do. That’s the fun part of fandom for us. Well, that and looking at pics of McG.
As for the suggestion that we post only the good stuff, and leave out our opinions on the bad…well, no. Our recaps will continue as they started. Because it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. But it is Show, and we love it. And like a naughty child, we’ll tell it off when we think it misbehaves.