Testing Credibility

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Charles
July 2, 2014 at 11:06 pm
…You don’t run a script or treatment past a test audience. That would be absurd…Never mind that no one making a crappy little movie to fill the Tuesday night slot on a basic cable channel would bother running it past test audiences.

This Hollywood arc has veered so far from reality to the point where even Les begins to suspect that it’s all bullshit. And he’s right: the “testing” seems to have been conducted by a succession of random people, each person having even less connection to the industry than the last. And hotshot “script doctor” Ken Casey is totally on board with that.

beckoningchasm
July 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm
…I find it interesting that Tom Batiuk gets worked up into high dudgeon when someone dares alter Lisa’s Story or question the value of comic books, but he simply can’t be bothered to respect the details in any other sphere (making films, as one example in a long list).

Yes, filmmaking ranks on par with or below the ability to make “a wicked tandoori chicken.”

Apparently.

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14 responses to “Testing Credibility

  1. Sgt. Saunders

    “Life and art? You schmuck, this is death and art!”

  2. bad wolf

    “That guy who runs his favorite Indian restaurant” is, in an ironic twist, our beloved Khan.

    (Apparently TB is trying to be insensitive to as many ethnicities as he can fit in this week! Apparently.)

  3. Anyone who makes good tandoori chicken has done more to make a positive contribution to the world than Les has, or ever will.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    And, as far as we know, Les HASN’T EVEN READ THE SCRIPT YET AT ALL! Apparently the only reason he’s there is to confirm his worst fears about Hollywood and to prove it’s run by total nitwits who don’t even know a good cancer story when they read one. It’s not just insufferable…it’s embarrassing.

  5. Gyre

    Welp, fair’s fair. I was wrong. It wasn’t a test audience. It was just giving a script to random people and then making major changes based on that.

    Because that’s so much better.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    beckoningchasm
    July 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm
    …I find it interesting that Tom Batiuk gets worked up into high dudgeon when someone dares alter Lisa’s Story or question the value of comic books, but he simply can’t be bothered to respect the details in any other sphere (making films, as one example in a long list).

    Nor does he respect the details of the VERY STORY HE’S CURRENTLY TELLING! Literally every single detail of this arc is either a inexplicable plot hole or a huge contradiction. He is telling a “reality-based” story composed completely of ludicrously implausible events.

    Like today. Shaggy tells Les how Hollywood works, then he quotes Clay regarding “life and art”…even though Clay just spent the better part of a week detailing how “art” has no place at CME. Huh? This never occurs to TheAuthor even though he most likely wrote last week’s strips one minute before this week’s. THAT is the level of detail he puts into this hogwash. He is actually out-annoying his unholy creation Les this week and I mean that shouldn’t be possible.

    Les was flown out to Hollywood to work on a script and thus far he hasn’t done anything whatsoever. Then he’ll go home and lament how Hollywood walked all over him. It’s just unbelievable how something could make this little sense. And it’s every single detail, too. I just sometimes find it difficult to believe that it’s accidental.

  7. CRM114

    Agreed @Epicus. This is so bad it’s as if Bats wants out, doesn’t know how to do it and retire gracefully, so throws out lousy work forcing his handlers to cancel the strip. I mean, nobody could knowingly produce such crap, could they??

  8. Gyre

    You know, it strikes me that the last line actually sounds like something we could just as easily hear Les saying.

  9. @Gyre – Agreed, but only if “tandoori chicken” was replaced by “pepperoni pizza.” Then it rings true.

  10. You’d have thought that Les would have remembered that most of the people in his world also want to be soothed instead of confronted.

  11. Now it’s obvious, the worse-than-usual plot holes are the result of Batom Inc. being intently focused on setting up his straw men! He’s so excited about getting to the part where he lectures us through Les on how dumb his critics are.

  12. bobanero

    I honestly think that TB has completely given up on producing a quality comic strip, and is just focusing his efforts on baiting SOSF.

  13. @Flummoxicated: Such is his excitement that he forgets little details like Les anticipating the studio changing the ending at the behest of random strangers.

  14. Happy 4th, snarkers!