>listing a Merriweather Williams episode as one of your favourites
an unpopular opinion if I ever heard one…if we were back when season 4 was airing. I’ve got nothing against that choice, but for me it shows how in hindsight the laser-focus on who wrote an episode as an objective measure of its quality was pretty silly.
It’s not that who wrote it shouldn’t be taken into account, but using that fact as the be-all-and-end-all of whether or not an episode is good is stupid. Merriweather Williams is the ur-example if you’re from the [relatively] early fandom (like I am), where during season 2 especially, seeing her name attached to an episode caused a heap of apprehension on account of the then
most controversial episode ever™️
MMDW. When all is said and done, she arguably had more hits than misses when it comes to good episodes.
It’s why I say that said attitude towards the writers was really stupid in hindsight, and sincerely wonder what the hell came over us in order to take that approach. I say "us" because I was just as guilty of this as anyone else.