Anyway, since I spent an hour or so crafting a response, I thought it might be of interest to people if I repeated it here.
At first, I thought this article was a text-book case of straw-manning, but that doesn‘t go far enough. It's a case of a straw-man article written by another straw-man, desperately hoping that if he's dismissive enough of other scarecrows, people will just assume he's made of tin.
The principle fallacy of the argument is right here:
You see, the aim of any TV show, SF or no, is to entertain.Yes, it is. Also, water is wet and Charlie Sheen is unlikely to attend Lilith Fair 2011. No-one would dispute any of that. The issue here is what exactly people enjoy.
If people enjoy a (comparatively) seamless work, if their memory/interest is sufficiently engaged to notice flaws, and would rather they didn't happen, then who the frak is anyone to tell them they're enjoying it wrong? The only, and I do mean the only, thing worth saying over this is "Actually, canon doesn't really bother me”. Well, good luck to you. But tread beyond that, and you end up writing 1740 words on how the people who disagree with you are somehow less than you are. True, if you point out your laissez-faire attitude to canon and your hypothetical pub denizen won't shut up, then they're clearly a prat, but "I Meet Prats In Pubs" (“Give Prats A Prat-Fall”?) isn't really worth an article, is it?
This is to say nothing of the entirely obvious point if the next episode of Lee's favourite show swaps the genders of every character without explanation, and without ever going back, ("Gilmore Boys"? "The G Word"? "Dudes Of Prey"? etc.) he would almost certainly be pissed beyond measure.
Because by his own admission, he cares about canon too, at least to the point that he personally believes "consistency" should be maintained. Everyone does. Which means this rant is nothing more than saying "This is where I draw an arbitrary, subjective line; and anyone who draws it earlier is scum". Hence my "Please believe I'm tin" statement at the top of the post.
I love canon. I can't deny it. I have a certain amount of lee-way for the "rule of cool", but not much. I have an excellent memory, and it isn't easily overruled. I have no patience for an argument that boils down to "Can't you just consciously dampen parts of your brain whilst you watch?" No, I can't - that's just how I roll. And what I do and don't enjoy stems directly from what is going on in my brain.
All of which means that I will probably disagree with Lee on what does and doesn't constitute "entertaining" based on that principle. What I won't do is tell him the method by which he determines "entertaining" is somehow unworthy or even downright contemptible.
Fuck him for not extending me the same courtesy.