I think the issue many people have just comes down to MtG being a Fantasy card game, by their standards. Now you can certainly make the argument that Magic has strayed away from High Fantasy and has dabbled in steam punk, Historical Fantasy, Folklore Fantasy, a strange caliber of sci-fi fantasy (Kaladesh), and has even included "gunpowder fantasy" (Portal 2), and D&D, while a separate IP, is still a high fantasy setting that compliments what MtG has been all about in the past - but one thing Magic has never done is let the 20th/21st Centuries bleed into the product in the form of Denim Jeans, Cowboy Hats, and Sneakers. And that seems to be what these UB sets - Walking Dead and Stranger Things thus far - have been, and will be, doing. People like to forget about the real world, and it seems like these IPs are extremely grounded in augmenting our own existing day-to-day existence. I think that's what's truly irking everyone. It's what's irking me, but I'm not gonna Gatekeep and refuse to play with people who want to run these cards, I'm just gonna continue to play with my high fantasy-flavored cards.
People do want a Old Western Cowboy setting too though. That's what I'm getting from what Mark Rosewater's Blogatog.
At this rate, one can imagine Commander games in five years will probably sound something like this...
Player A: "I equip my legendary Hobo with Rutger's Shotgun, and swing at your Trailer Park Boy" Player B: "I respond by attaching Cerebro to Spock, and activate Mind Meld targeting Hollywood Hulk Hogan equipped with Vibranium Shield to remove your hobo from combat" Player C: "Wait a Second!...Didn't I still have priority to Quantum Leap Mister Peanut and The Monopoly Man when you planeshifted to Trump Tower?! Player D: "Sorry to interrupt as well, but how many Golden Girl tokens hit the graveyard when you blocked Urkel and Rambo last turn? Player E: "Honestly, even if you all had The Delta Variant to target me and T-800s equipped with Lightsabers to protect you, I'm still crewing The Delorean with The Cigarette Smoking Man now to go back twenty turns and restart the game." <all sigh>
Rick, Michonne, and Negan -while adults in an apocalyptic world- were given special abilities and are above 1/1 stats. I don't see a problem with these kids ,other than Eleven, being 1/1 with noncombatic abilities.
I agree. That is a silly observation to make. People may roll their eyes at Secret Lair: Slivers while I turn cartwheels. They have been doing a decent job trying to create something for everyone, but you can’t please everyone. I embrace the Secret Lair series with open arms.