I’ll be critical of authentically bad writing as much as the next person, but I see two phenomena after episodes written by Buckner and Ross-Leming:
- the Plot Hole Hunt. People start pointing at everything calling it a plot hole, eventually someone proves that it’s not a plot hole, in the meanwhile the post gets notes and everyone chants plot hole
- people seem afraid of saying they enjoyed the episode or scenes/characterizations/lines/etc in it, almost like they expect to be criticized unless they start with expressions like “I don’t like Bucklemming but…..”
Those writers might not be the best and their worst is pretty bad, but they have made some good stuff too. Possibly nothing as memorable and iconic as other writers have done, but they have written enjoyable episodes and some very interesting arcs and scenes (I don’t care if it was all them or the showrunner(s) helped, it’s not really relevant).
Let’s not be afraid of saying that something about their episodes wasn’t bad. It’s okay. They’re not monsters.