I get the negativity complaints--we're all here because we enjoy the show, and I know some people want to just say, "Great ep! I liked this, this and that!" and just talk about the positive aspects of the show. At the same time, I think Kimmy makes an important point--do away with the dissent and, yes, even negativity, and you also kill a lot of the interesting discussion. I don't know if people are being harder on the show or the season has just gotten off to a very shakey start--I suspect it's the latter because I know when a good ep comes along, like "Snow Day," folks will rave--but it has been more negative in here than usual of late. That being said, it's you guys who drive the discussion. If you've got topics you want to discuss, throw them in the character threads or start a new topic. Partly-- All of those sound like fantastic topics to me and ones I'd want to discuss. If you see something interesting, please, bring it up for discussion somewhere. And remember, disagreement/polite debate is okay--that really is what makes for interesting discussion. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make you or them wrong. We're talking about opinions here--like CSINYRULZ says, "opinions are like buttholes." :lol: In either this week's grading thread or last, one poster came in and opined that Hawkes was a "Marty Stu" which sparked an interesting debate. As some of you have said, there's only so many times you can say, "Mac is hot!" I agree completely. So bring in some discussion of Mac as a character or about the 333 caller (I notice there's a thread on that). Lindsay is polarizing. There's not much we can do to change that, aside from agreeing to disagree and respecting each other's opinions even if we don't agree. I think that's a fair point. When a post gets piled on endlessly by 5 different posters disagreeing, that gets overwhelming. Agreed on this as well. I've noticed those posts tend to attract the pile on reaction because it puts people on the defensive. That's definitely the ideal--to not have anyone feel like they have to edit their thoughts or reactions to the show.