One of my favorite time-killing websites has as it’s unofficial slogan “[Website Name] will ruin your life.” This has proven to have more than a grain of truth in it for me, as after hearing someone referring to the anniversary of the death of Eric Carr, second drummer for KISS, I found myself thinking how he had seemingly avoided the curse of the ‘Replacement Scrappy.’ Replacement members are par for the course in the music industry, but it seems that other facets of pop culture are a bit less tolerant of the new kid. Ask a ‘Deep Space Nine’ stalwart fan about Ezri Dax sometime, or mention Joe to a kid who grew up with ‘Blues Clues’ in the 90s. But what would have happened if the characters DIDN’T get replaced, such as when William Hartnell (the First Doctor) became ill back in the day?
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is in some ways the inverse of yesterday’s query, asking:
Is it better for creators to issue replacement characters to sustain a series (ala Doctor Who) or to let a work be cut short/altered due to personnel issues?