Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?
I hate it when dead characters come back. If they only do it once, for a very special cause (Like in BSG), it's okay. But if they make it easy for dead characters to magically come back it makes it so character death isn't a real threat, and the jeopardy is reduced in future storylines.
It's interesting that you bring this up, as I'd argue the same logic holds true for a series that basically establishes the main characters will never die during the series. Half the reason BoBW was as iconic as it was is because at the time there was no guarantee that Picard would be alive and well next season.
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