As Leo Laporte embarks on a mission to reanimate the dusty bones of his failing career with the relaunch of a show that was long ago left for dead on an aborted tech network, let us take a moment to recall some of the stirring words of Apple Computer’s groundbreaking “Think Different” campaign:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
These are inspiring words—a glorious vision. So what connection do they have to Leo Laporte’s recent embrace of his past as he attempts to resurrect “The Screen Savers” and morph it into the lame ‘n’ lazy “The New Screen Savers”?
And that’s exactly the point… Leo isn’t taking any risks, he’s not looking energetically toward the future. In fact, he practically delights in firing his best broadcasters. He’s gleeful to throw wonderful assets away. Beloved former employees are left to twist on their Patreon pages as he gives a bear hug to the losers of yesteryear. We at TotalDrama aren’t buying it and can only lament its sad revival.
At this point, the best thing would be for NBC/Universal to load up those legal silver bullets and kill this deformed monster of a show with their team of attorneys. We will not mourn its passing.