Hey Pepper -- first of all, I'm not sure why this is hidden on my page. Nobody has access to visitor posts other than me and I don't delete or hide anything unless it's spam or a personal attack. This post is neither, obviously. That being said... we are still having difficulty with visitor posts. I don't know why. Second, I don't know that I'll be able to respond to this in a manner that won't seem pithy in comparison to such a lengthy, fleshed out note. But I'll try... You can look at anything and extrapolate meaning. As an example, the idea that the Oliver / Felicity flashback was a last minute add-on. Not true. That scene was in there from the beginning and - quite simply - there is no angle to it beyond the advancement of the story for that particular episode. No appeasement. No teasing. Nothing. It was just a scene and a fun one at that. A lot of the overtones that you talk about in your post whether you're discussing the relegation of female characters or my perceived personal motivations for the current story honestly leave me baffled. Now, this is where people might say, "you don't see these things because you're part of the problem"... and again, I don't know what to do beyond shrug my shoulders and say, I'm just a guy trying to do his best on a show. And that's where people take that comment and say, "you're demeaning the shows importance to us"... and again, I can't win that one. So what am I trying to stay - in the most respectful way possible. Well, we do our best. Every single day. And while I understand that this show can represent something deeper and more meaningful than just a television show, I'd caution people against constantly searching for hidden agenda's or sadistic overtones that simply aren't there. Some people will like one storyline or direction over another and that's fine, but assuming that anything which deviates from your personal preference is an attack against that ideology is wrong. That's not the business we're in. So... thank you for your note, and I'm sorry that the show doesn't speak to you in the same way it used to. Maybe it'll find its way back to your preferences and maybe it won't. All my best, SA
Oh I am much worth as human.