^good shout! Agreed!
I think; of course the theme will fit into x sector (to what extent is unknown) but Alton/Merlin will have a team of well paid professionals or as Disney would call them 'imagineer's' to think of the theme & make sure it fits in. I very much doubt with an attraction costing £20m this would not of been though about over and over by people a LOT more qualified than we ever will be.
Although we/I probably think we could do it better, we are only one audience & they have to think what will EVERY audience like & come up with something that will satisfy & appeal to everyone. I have no doubt that they do the BEST they can do with the budget given & really have VERY high hopes for the theming of this ride.
Maybe they are now realising that theming is more important than ever for continued enjoyment over years and years to come (*cough* 18 years on and who wins the coaster poll?*) This just doesn't apply to our side of the audience, but EVERYONE.
Where as perhaps some people would rather more time & money be put into back story / merch / history, the majority of people only care about the immediate theming right in-front of their face and something they can relate to. The fact that SAW:TR is one of the most 'popular' rides in the country proves this point. Albeit most on this forum wouldn't agree, myself certainly not, but we are but a fraction of the parks visitors.
Saying that though, that doesn't mean that 'this' market isn't catered for either; I mean, look at N:ST's marketing for example & a lot of what we say/think is took on board, because we more than others know what we want and appreciate a good attraction. We/you can be a powerful marketing tool in itself as many have said over many threads.
Cant even remember what my point was now.... oh yeah, STUART PEARCE FOR ENGLAND?!