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30 Days Of Telly #23

Day twenty-three, the most annoying character. Hmm... Quite a few options here. Obviously there's Dawn in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Rarely have I wished horrible death upon a character so regularly. Dawn was whiny and irritating and, despite being the same age that Buffy and co were when the series started, horribly immature by comparison. If she was intended to appeal to younger viewers, then that's a bit of an insult to younger viewers. And then there's Wind, the character that The High Chaparral picked up in season four, when they accidently lost Blue Cannon down the back of the sofa. Wind was a Pawnee halfbreed, which could have been great, but he wound up being Wesley Crusher without the redeeming features. And then we come to Angel... It's one of my favourite TV shows ever, but it also has Fred, a character I hated from the beginning (although she did turn into Illyria, so she obviously had some saving graces). And Gunn. He began by irritating me slightly, and got worse with every season. Neither of them comes even close to being as annoying as Eve, though, a Wolfram & Hart employee who may rank as one of the worst characters in anything ever. It's entirely possible that I'm grouchy and misanthropic, and inclined to be irritated by almost everybody, but even so, there really is no forgiving Eve.

But I'm not choosing any of them. I don't need to, because there's somebody worse. I've mentioned before how much I loved Bonanza growing up. In its later years the show was retooled a little, as long-running series sometimes are. In an effort to appeal to younger viewers (because that always goes so well) they introduced a new character. Jamie Hunter was an orphan boy of about fourteen, taken in by the Cartwrights. Why, I have no idea. He was to spend the next three years sobbing and whining and causing trouble for everybody, and even in my youngest days I couldn't stand the wretched child. And they didn't kill him! They had so many opportunities. He fell into a river during the opening credits every week, but did they drown him even once? No. There is no justice in television. So the most irritating character ever is Jamie Hunter-Cartwright. Trust me, nobody else even comes close.


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Jul. 21st, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
yeah the "appeal to young viewers" character is generally awful, and I almost always hate the "audience identification" character. I was tired of Rose by series 2, always liked Ianto and Tosh better than Gwen. But probably my greatest sin is that I really don't like Ten. Nine's my doctor.
Jul. 22nd, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
I don't like Ten either. When he first appeared I thought he was a breath of fresh air (and I do very much like David Tennant), but that incarnation rubbed me up the wrong way almost constantly. I hated how he treated Jack, which didn't help. I hated his whining and his self-obsession. I hated how we were always being told how wonderful he was. I hated what happened to Rose in his company (I liked her in season one). It didn't help that I was getting tired of RTD's bigger-and-bigger-and-throw-in-the-kitchen-sink approach. So glad when he regenerated! (And I hated his regeneration too).

Audience identification characters are always hit and miss. I like Gwen, but I don't think I've ever actually identified with an audience identification character. Does anybody?!

Edited at 2013-07-22 07:01 pm (UTC)
Jul. 22nd, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Gah, I hated Jamie so much! I kept wishing the show would just hurry up and kill him off. Griff, though, I liked a lot and was sad that I only got a partial season of him before the series ended.
Jul. 22nd, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I never really bonded with Griff. It would be interesting to see those later ones again now, as when I was a kid I was really only interested in the Cartwrights. Maybe I might even tolerate Jamie now! (Although somehow I doubt it).
Jul. 22nd, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
I remember being insulted by Dawn's existence, like we, the audience, needed to have young characters otherwise we'd get fed up of Buffy, because the regulars were so "old", grrr.

TV makers are stupid, nobody ever likes the character designed to appeal to da kidz, so why do they persist?
Jul. 22nd, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Because they think they know better? I don't know. Either they don't watch much TV, or they've forgotten how much they were irritated by younger characters being foisted on their favourite shows. There are good child characters, obviously. It seems to be when they're added part way through that things really fall apart.
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
Everyone on Two and a Half Men.

I can't stand that show.
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it (it doesn't air here, that I'm aware of), but I've heard that it's pretty bad.
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