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This is a pretty random retheme. Having trouble seeing how a serious retheme is going to be better than a whimsical one.
Having trouble seeing how a serious theme is any worse than a whimsical one.
Being that the game is a trick taking card game without any inherently thematic rules or mechanics it really all comes down to what audience the publisher wants to target.
Personally I'm much more excited about this theme and art than cars or chickens but I don't have any illusions about it "fitting" better than it's previous incarnations.