Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Anxious Characters that Ramble

I have been watching Stranger Things Season 4, and I like it better than Season 3, so I find myself once again hooked on the series. I have to say that these writers really know how to torture their characters. Hopper is being tortured in the worst Russian prison you can imagine. El doesn't have her powers, is being bullied and finds it impossible to fit in with other teens. Meanwhile the kids in Hawkings are being tormented and then killed by a demon that they call Vecna from the upside down. They have also introduced a couple of new characters from the already long cast, but it seems to be working so far. 

I've noticed a bit of a trend in that when showing anxiety, some characters ramble on quickly to a point where you can't even understand what they're saying. Robyn Buckley is an interesting character, however, she often rambles on and on about her problems. This doesn't seem to be a good way to make one like or sympathize with the character as I find myself wanting her to stop. There is also a minor character that did exactly the same thing. His name is Argyle, and he drives a pizza truck and sometimes gives some of the characters rides. He gets mixed up in things and at a certain stressful point just goes off rambling where I want him to just shut up. In general when something big happens all of the characters can go off yelling at each other, and it gets a bit too crazy. Yet, I am still loving Season 4. 

Another example is Tilly in Star Trek Discovery who often rambled to display her social anxiety. Other than that, I like her character. However, I have heard fans just say bluntly that they can't stand that character because of the rambling. 

I think the problem can be solved by having characters simply be a little less mouthy. However, maybe it's not a problem for everyone. 

I've also been watching Star Trek Strange New Worlds and that too is pretty good so far. It's less serialized than the other recent series, which is refreshing. Episode 4 was fantastic as it put the crew in serious danger. Episode 5 shows more of Spock's love life, and I know that is going to be an issue with some fans. I was okay with it. Also, no rambling characters so far, which is great. Overall, I'm seeing a lot of positive comments about this series. 

Anyway, I've been switching back and forth between Stranger Things and Strange New Worlds. I guess the word "Strange" is popular in titles. 

1 comment:

  1. I haven't had Netflix since season 2 of Stranger Things. It probably would have been better to do that as an anthology series with a different cast and thing each season. Then they wouldn't have to worry about the kids growing up.

    I mostly like Strange New Worlds. Gender swapping Vulcans seemed kind of pointless to me since they don't have emotions there's not really a lot you can do with it.

    Anyway, rambling is kind of a cliché thing so they really should just have one character do it. But then Woody Allen made a whole career on rambling.