Hello, everyone and on today's blog, I will be creating a defense blog for these characters below me. Now, these characters all get a large amount of hate and disdain from some people, and I don't think they deserve it. I will be explaining why I think that these guys should be given some slack and that I think they should get more love and be given another chance. OK, so here goes. Here are characters that are not well-liked that I think should be cut some slack.
Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park 3
Jurassic Park 3 was considered by many to be the worst in the franchise, criticizing the sub-par CGI compared to the original, bad dialogue, removal of all the scientific aspects, and a bunch of other things. But, one of the biggest criticisms was when the Spinosaurus fought the T-Rex for a brief moment and killed it quickly. That really ticked LOTS of people off. And people hated Spinosaurus since, so much so that Jurassic World took a jab at him by having Rexy smash through the skeleton of a Spinosaurus before he confronted Indominus Rex. Now, I have to say...really, guys?
You do realize this is a real animal that existed, right? These aren't things that you can fanboy over willy-nilly like you can with say, Godzilla, or Call of Duty, or Apple. These were real animals. Just because they made a mistake in one film doesn't mean they should be crapped on for it. Now, while Spinosaurus may not be one of my FAVORITE dinos, I think he's really cool in his own right. He's got that crazy-looking face, that giant sail on his back, and he does some cool things in JP3. He smashes a plane, breaks through a fence, chases the characters in the water with the sail showing like a shark, and that awesome roar of his. So, overall, people really need to chill out on Spinosaurus. He's a cool dinosaur and should not be trashed just because he killed your childhood hero.
Benson from Regular Show
You may not know this, but I am actually quite a fan of the animated series, Regular Show. Admittedly, I did not see every single episode, but the ones I have seen are really great. They're funny, the characters are likeable, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is charming in the role of Skips the immortal yeti. But, while the character of Benson, the walking, talking, gumball machine is generally well-received, there's actually a lot of people that really hate him. I didn't know this until recently, but it's true. People who don't like Benson say he's mean, he's a jerk, he yells too much, he needs to chill the heck out, etc. Well, I disagree. Enormously. Because, unlike most characters who get angry constantly, Benson's reasons are actually justified. He's just trying to do his job and get Mordecai and Rigby to do work because they tend to slack off a lot (that, and they constantly wreck the park in their adventures). If you were a manager of a company, and 2 of your employees always slacked off, wouldn't you get frustrated, or maybe even angry? That's what's up with Benson. So, give him a break people.
Howard the Duck from Marvel
A lot of people really disdain Howard the Duck. Mainly because he has appeared in one crappy movie in the 80's by George Lucas (showing he isn't always the genius most people believe him to be). But, more to the point. Just because the movie Howard starred in sucks, doesn't mean the character himself sucks. So, I think Howard the Duck should be given another chance in the film world. It's been maybe, 20 or 30 years, since that last movie bombed, and people have generally gotten over it unless it's been brought up. I think Howard the Duck has potential to be a great movie. Especially considering the great track record Marvel has been having lately with their Cinematic Universe. So, I say give this beer-drinking, foul-mouthed duck should be given a chance to quack again.
Zilla from Godzilla (1998)
As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Godzilla. He's my favorite fictional character of ALL TIME, and I seen a good chunck of his movies, and I saw the new American Godzilla from 2014 twice, and loved it. But, I do admit the G-Man has had some flaws in his career, such as the TERRIBLE Son of Godzilla and Godzilla's Revenge, as well the 1998 Godzilla remake by Roland Emmerich. The 98 film was so universally panned by both critics and Godzilla fans alike. Yes, that's right. Even the big Godzilla super-fans hated this movie.
Now, I don't like this movie either, since it destroys the legacy of the monster that I have absolutely adored since childhood and still do to this day, but it's not on my worst movie of all-time list. I have seen worse. To add to that, even Godzilla creators and rights owners Toho themselves hated this movie. So much so they made fun of it in the 2001 film, "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: All Out Attack" , where the Godzilla Defense Team was having a meeting about Kaiju history and they bring up the attack on New York in 1998, saying the Americans were mistaken and that wasn't Godzilla. And Toho officially made it that way when they got the rights to the 1998 Godzilla and officially re-named him, Zilla, because they said he took the God out of Godzilla. So, that means the 98 Godzilla is actually NOT a Godzilla anymore. It's just Zilla. In fact, Zilla actually made an appearance in a Japanese Godzilla movie, Godzilla: Final Wars, where he faces off against the real Godzilla in Sydney, and Zilla gets COMPLETELY ANNIHILATED!
Now, despite being in a crappy movie pretending to be Godzilla, I actually kind of like Zilla as his own monster. He's got an interesting design, he's fast, which you don't see often with movie monsters, and his son, Zilla Jr., from Godzilla the Series is actually really awesome, mainly because he's more faithful to the real Godzilla, including being able to shoot atomic breath. So, yeah, I don't mind Zilla as his own monster. But, the problem with him is that they tried to make him Godzilla. If he was meant to be his own monster and have no connection to the Big G, I think he and his film would be MUCH better received.
And that's my list of hated characters that need to be cut some slack. Do you agree? If not, what would YOU put?