- -No defining characteristics
- -Poor writing.
- -Poor acting.
- -Fans are often unwilling to give female characters the same slack they give male characters.
- -"Storytellers create female characters to be love interests and nothing more--meaning they're one-dimensional."
They make a good point. Most of the irritating characters on my list are female. So I think io9 might be on to something.
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The best thing Lucas did was sell Star Wars to Disney. Sometimes your most creative years are behind you and it's time to go. The trick is to know when it's time to go. Hopefully Disney will freshen it up a bit because Anakin Skywalker was so emo, irritating, and whiny. Another problem was the casting. Christensen was not a good fit for the role. IMHO Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) carried most of the scenes they had together.
id Software, the Internet was in its infancy, cell phones were around even if they looked like bricks with long antennas, and Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' came to theaters on June 11th.
Depending on your age, you may not remember 1993, but needless to say it was not like 2014, so seeing dinosaurs on screen was a real treat. When I first saw the film in theaters I loved almost everything about the movie, except some of the typical Steven Spielberg cheesiness AND the little girl from 'Jurassic Park' otherwise known as Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards).
I sat next to someone who yelled at the screen, "Slap Her!" That's when you know a character is irritating. In this situation, the writers were 100% at fault. They purposely made this little girl the most irritating character imaginable. They could have caused a headlight malfunction or made the cowardly guy (the one who got eaten in the portable bathrooms | Donald Gennaro played by Martin Ferrero) leave a flashlight on as he ran out of the car. I don't know. Anything else would have been preferable. This scene just made no sense.
Interesting storyline, sure, but Dawn's casting and the whiny dialogue were a bit of a problem. Joss Whedon is a master of dialogue, but somehow the Dawn character took a wrong turn somewhere. In the latter seasons of Buffy, I'm sure Whedon took more of a production role, versus a writing role. So who knows who wrote the majority of Dawn's lines? For whatever reason Hollywood writers seem to have a hard time writing dialogue for teenage girls.
Sure, little sisters are supposed to irritate bigger sisters. I know my sisters irritate me, but little Dawny took the cake! And yes, we get it--characters getting into trouble makes for good drama, but common sense should eventually prevail. For example, Buffy was always in trouble or danger or whatever, but at least she came across as semi-intelligent. After all, Buffy was just a teenager herself when she became the slayer of all evil.
Even still, many people found Tucker's delivery and his perpetual screaming throughout the film to be irritating. I however, found his character to be endearing and a welcome comic relief. When I found out that Ruby Rhod was originally supposed to be played by Prince...well that makes sense.
I never found Minka Kelly to be believable as Detective Stahl in 'Almost Human.' Other characters (even guest stars) seemed to have more character development than Stahl. Kennex's killer ex-girlfriend only appeared in three brief scenes during the first episode, but she had more personality than Kelly's character. I am unsure of Kelly's acting ability, but I believe that the primary culprit was beyond her. Lily Taylor as Captain Sandra Maldonado was much better utilized and fully fleshed out. We understand her motivations and her personality. This never happened for Detective Stahl.
It seems like Stahl was written exclusively as a one-dimensional love interest for Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban). One fan noted that Detective Stahl looked at Kennex like an obsessed fan girl (or like I would). I have to agree with her. Detective Stahl gushingly admires Karl Urban like I would. That's not what I necessarily want to see in a love interest. Give me some mystery. Give me some Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennett cliched discourse. Give me anything but a lovesick teenager looking up at Karl Urban with doe eyes. A male fan yelled at me on a message board and said that Stahl was "fan service/eye candy," so "shut up." That may be fine for a little while, but when the rubber meets the road, most fans want a character to have some substance to him/her.
We did learn that Stahl was a genetically modified human, which explained some things. Perhaps if the show had seen a second season, then Kelly would have had a fighting chance. I suppose it's a moot point now that the show has been cancelled. Like most scifi shows on Fox, we will never know.
The problem with Clark Kent being in 'Smallville' for 10 years, is that in order to prevent us (the viewing audience) from becoming bored, they went a little crazy, especially with poor Lana. Lana was a little bit of everything. Lana was a cheerleader, a barista, an entrepreneur, a pod person ninja, a witch, a ghost, an alien magnet, a vampire/college student, a 'Flatliner' junkie, Lady Luthor, a puppet master, and finally Lana becomes a superhero herself. Whew!
Once the teen love ballads started playing in the background and the lights dimmed you knew it was on. So Lana Lang was a product of poor decision making. Had TPTB focused exclusively on Lana during the high school years (2001 through 2005), then made Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) a transitional love interest, until the fantastic Lois Lane (played by Erica Durance) appeared, then perhaps the show would have flowed better and Lana could have just been the sweet Lana Lang we know and love from the comics. Instead, we had 7+ years of Lana-insanity.
Side note: The show also went a little nuts with Chloe too. Chloe (Allison Mack) was a school newspaper editor, wall of weird collector, stalker, FBI informant, third wheel, witch, ghost, sidekick, superhero groupie, Watchtower, Brainiac, bad wife, Doomsday groupie, meteor freak, widow, information broker, and finally the wife of the Green Arrow. Again, whew! This is why I was a Lois fan.
'Being Human' is an Americanized version of a British show of the same name. Think 'Three's Company' with a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost. The differences between the American and the British versions are stark. Whereas the British version was edgy, quirky, and poetic, the American version was cheeky, overly sentimental, and bogged down with annoying dialogue. The British version had problems in latter seasons, but the first season was rather good. The American version had an occasional vein of creativity, but was often eclipsed by sloppy story telling, annoying characters, and questionable casting.
The American version stars Sam Huntington as Josh the werewolf, Meaghan Rath as Sally the ghost, and veteran scifi actor Sam Witwer (Battlestar Galactica | Smallville | Clone Wars) as the vampire Aiden. I actually liked Witwer's portrayal more than I did the guy who played the vampire in the British version (Aiden Turner as Mitchell).
Unlike Aiden, who is a textbook tortured/sensitive/sexy/melancholy vamp, Josh and Sally are nails on chalkboard irritating. Huntington has those big brown puppy dog eyes, which I normally find endearing, but in this case, it makes me want to punch him. In addition to the writing, I found the actor's delivery and voice to be particularly grating. At the same time, there is something about Huntington that reminds me a little of my husband. Is that weird? My husband said that was weird. Perhaps I'm projecting, but I love my husband! Anywhoo, similar to Huntington, Rath's whiny delivery does her no favors either.
Witwer and Kristen Hager (Nora, the second wolf) are the two most watchable characters on the show. Both of them deliver their lines quite well, considering what they have to work with. Again, this may just be how the characters are written, rather than the actors themselves. Dark broody vampiric characters are so common in fantasy nowadays that it may simply be easier to write and portray them. However, I do think the other actors' delivery may have been part of the problem.
Supernatural') admitted as much at last year's Comic Con.
I could understand why no electricity would put a serious damper on civilization. When my electricity goes out even for a few hours, I feel like I'm in the dark ages. But the simple fact is that unless every electrical engineer in the world dies, someone would know how to get the grid back up. It may take a few years, but the grid would eventually go back up, slowly but surely. Even if by some miracle all of the electrical engineers were killed and no one understood how to make electricity anymore (which has been mass produced in some form or another since the late 19th century), then what about steam power? What about gas? What about coal? The premise of the show was just too simple and Kripke acknowledged exactly that.
Then you have the lead character Charlie Matheson. If you've seen even a few episodes of 'Revolution' then you likely scratched your head at Charlie at some point in time. In lieu of common sense, Charlie chooses the opposite every time. There have been multiple articles dedicated to all of the stupid things Charlie has done. Vulture has a good one. It's up to Charlie's battle-hardened uncle, Miles Matheson (Billy Burke) to bring her back to earth each and every time. The lead character should be the character that you most relate to, not the one you hope falls down a well. Yes, I know that Charlie was just a young teenage girl, but so was Buffy.
I should note that I do not believe the problems with Charlie's character are in any way related to actress Tracy Spiridakos. Spiriadakos isn't a well-known actor, but I previously saw her play a rogue werewolf on 'Being Human' Season 2. Spiridakos was quite good as a 'Being Human' guest star, so I tend to think that the character's problems originate with the writers.
In the graphic novels, Lori Grimes was not necessarily one of my favorite characters, but she was smart and capable. I understood where she was coming from and I understood why she made the decisions that she did. In the show, not so much. For some reason the televised version of Lori has sparked fan ire like no other. Since Sarah Wayne Callies is a good actor, I blame poor writing exclusively. Lori's character was so poorly written and ill received that the writers were forced to do a complete 180 with the character in Season 3, but it was too little too late.
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But what made television Lori so irritating wasn't what happened before, but what happened after Rick reappeared. Once Rick returned, Lori rightly ended things with Shane despite likely being pregnant by him. Unfortunately, television Lori kept going back and forth between Shane and Rick and couldn't/wouldn't make her mind on who she wanted to be with, which confused both characters.
Then there was the serious lack of mothering of Carl. Lori was by her own admission "not mother of the year," as she kept "losing" Carl. Seriously you have one job to do, watch Carl, yet Lori was always screaming, "Where's Carl?" It happened so often that there are a slew of memes dedicated to "Where's Carl?" Some of which have been quite creative.
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All that aside, Lori redeemed herself in my opinion when she died in a horrible way in order to save her baby. She knew she was going to die one way or another, but she went out in true 'Walking Dead' fashion. I have to give her props for that. It's sad to say, but Lori was way cooler as a ghost.
Fine, but do you have to make Connor so darn hateful? Angry, ok, but hateful? He buries his father alive in an ocean tomb, he tries to kill his father on numerous occasions, he aligns himself with any enemy of his father's he can, and does any bad thing he can think to do, yet Connor is not a villain? He's just misguided. This is where the writers go wrong.
Ok writers, if you want to create a villainous non-villain think Gaius Baltar (James Callis) of the reimagined 'Battlestar Galactica.' Callis' portrayal of Baltar was freaking brilliant. Baltar was such a good villain that sometimes I forgot he was a villain. Sure Baltar was indirectly responsible for the deaths of billions of colonials, but I still liked Gaius Baltar. So I understand what the writers were trying to achieve, but there is something to be said for subtlety. Connor's character was non too subtle. The other problem was Kartheiser's delivery, which was way too emo for my taste. So not only was this character poorly written, but he was likely miscast.
On to Chloe. Chloe was perhaps one of the most predictable, cliched, annoying, and worst of all boring, scifi characters I've seen in the franchise. Everything you ever wanted to know about Chloe was in the pilot. So there really wasn't any mystery to the character. Mystery=good. You always want to unravel the layers of your characters over the course of the season. If you don't, then what's the point?
Well, if the character only has one layer then it's a little more difficult. Then there was the whining. Why do scifi writers always make women whine so much? I don't know. I guess I'm whining right now huh? But seriously, Chloe's character needed some serious fleshing out, as did several other characters. There were all kinds of problems with this show. Thankfully it only lasted one season, but io9 wrote an article on what needed to happen if it ever went to a Season 2. They made some good points, but alas...
True Blood' is akin to watching 'Big Brother: After Dark.' It's not in the "so bad it's good" category. It's so bad that it's just embarrassing. Seriously, this is the show I love to hate. The first few seasons were promising, but somewhere in the middle the show descended into madness--like the writers need to be on medication kind of madness. 'True Blood' has only worsened with age. I keep watching it though because I'm not a quitter! I'm a pig at a ham and egg breakfast. I'm committed.
Admittedly, I was one of those people who took a while to warm up to Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, but at some point I just accepted it. I accepted it the way that you hear a bad song over and over again, and start to like it. I especially liked the Eric and Sookie dynamic. I'm also an Alexander Skarsgard fan, but who isn't?
Clearly the problem isn't Paquin. She's an Oscar winner for goodness sake. I'm not a Paquin fan, but I acknowledge that the bulk of the problem lies with the writers and producers employed by HBO. Please someone stop them. Please. They ruined 'True Blood' and they are on their way of ruining 'Game of Thrones' with the possible exclusion of Lady Stoneheart.
I thought the smoke monster from a few seasons ago was bad, but last season was just horrible. Last year's introduction of Warlow (Robert Kazinsky) as the Rob Zombie ghost/vampire/fairy king was the last straw. First he's a creepy ghost creature in a western duster who shows up in Sookie's bathroom. Then he's a clean shaven guy who looks like he's in a boy band. Then since we're supposed to hate him again (cue lazy writers), he starts slapping Sookie around in the last episode.
SPOILER ALERT!!! Now Sookie has a fresh start in Season 7 with the super hot (AND alive) hot blooded wolf man, Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Side note: Manganiello is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet at a scifi convention. But Sookie doesn't want to be comfortable or live happily ever after because what would be the fun in that?
In the first episode of season 7, Sookie and her merry band of friends are viciously attacked at Merlots by a band of rabid diseased vampires. Some people are killed, some are taken away to be butchered later. So what does Sookie decide to do? She runs off into the woods to walk alone because people (rightfully so) think mean thoughts about her. The cherry on top is when she throws her cell phone away. Who needs a cell phone when there are rabid vampires lurking around? One thing Warlow did get right, "Sookie, you are a danger whore." Best line in the series. The rest of the characters on 'True Blood' are pretty darn annoying, so Sookie is not alone.
I get it. Skye is the newbie character. Her character is supposed to help the audience follow along, but instead of introducing the audience to the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D., she comes across as an angsty teenager. No one likes angsty teenagers. No one. Truthfully, it's a hard role to play. The actor has to be relatable and the dialogue has to be decent.
Eve Myles did a good job playing this newbie role in Torchwood (Gwen Cooper), but Chloe Bennet is still a bit green. It didn't help matters that 'Agents of Shield' had a hard time finding its footing during the first half of the season. The show started at a glacial pace, but gradually improved over time. I can only think that the writers saw the problems and made necessary corrections. Thankfully this is still Joss Whedon's show and he's not going to allow the writers to keep producing crap.
Pop Mythology complains that Skye is the typical "Mary Sue" character. A character with a cool name, extraordinary talents that come out of nowhere, no visible character flaws, an unusual back story, and a close relationship with the canon character. ScreenRant believes that one way to improve the show would be to get rid of weak links like Skye and Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and focus more on characters like Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen). I concur.
50 Shades of Grey' is exclusively based on Bella Swan should tell you something. She bites her lip a lot and she's clumsy, which is supposed to be adorable. Although I don't know why? We all understand teen angst. I'm sure most of us geeks were once awkward teenagers. So the awkward lovesick part--I get. My main problem with Bella is that her only ambition seems to be to be Edward's girlfriend?
When Edward leaves town Bella cannot function. She throws herself off of a bridge into water and frequently slips into catatonic states. I've been through bad breakups, but nothing like this. Seriously, do something, anything. Start a stamp collection, take guitar lessons, go salsa dancing. My outlet was movies. Say what you want about Katniss Everdeen of 'The Hunger Games,' but she puts Bella Swan to shame. The casting of perpetual mumbler Kristin Stewart only added to the problem. Bella Swan is one of the most irritating characters ever.
In the comics, both Lori and Andrea were competent and trustworthy. In fact, Andrea was fan favorite. I would also like to acknowledge that Andrea was my own personal favorite. The television show has been a different story. Andrea's character was so badly written that she was almost a villain. Part of me wishes they had just made her a "proper" villain, similar to Shane, instead of a pseudo-villain. Andrea's list of irritations is much longer than Lori's. Here are just a few reasons why people were annoyed with Andrea:
- -Andrea encouraged Beth to commit suicide and tried to facilitate it.
- -Andrea was told specifically NOT to shoot at a mysterious "possible" walker until the guys checked it out, but she did anyway. She in turn nearly shot at and nearly killed Darryl.
- -Andrea didn't want to help out the other women with what she considered to be "women's work." Instead she sat on the trailer pointing her gun at things, "working on her tan," as Lori said. I have to admit that was a good line.
- -Andrea started sleeping with Shane, who as we already established above was a bonafide psychopath. I know pickings are slim in the apocalypse, but seriously? Lori was guilty of this mistake too.
- -Andrea was cared for by Michonne for eight months and later betrayed her so she could be with the Governor or as Michonne put it, "you betrayed me for a warm bed." The Governor was her second psychopath. There's only one common denominator in this equation. Andrea certainly likes a bad boy.
- -Andrea wouldn't listen to Michonne when she told her that the Governor was bad news. If your best friend who has helped you survive the zombie horde for eight months tells you not to trust some guy, you listen.
- -Andrea enjoyed watching the walker fights. The depravity of watching these former people attacking living people is sickening, but Andrea enjoyed it.
- -It didn't bother Andrea that the Governor kept a roomful of living dead heads and a zombie daughter. I don't know, but for me this would have been a deal breaker.
- -While guarding the wall with fellow Woodbury citizen (Haley), Andrea has to show off when Haley misses a few shots at some walkers. Andrea proceeds to jump down and take them on hand to hand. No one likes a showoff Andrea. No one.
- -Even after witnessing the Governor placing both Merle and Darryl in a death match, Andrea still doesn't realize that Governor=bad. I have heard of people playing the "devil's advocate," but Andrea took that literally.
- -Even when she's told what her boyfriend has done, she still defends him. Have you ever had a friend or a family member date a total dirt bag? When you tell them that they are bad news their eyes gloss over and they give you an empty stare? That was Andrea.
- *The Governor kidnapped and attempted to kill Glenn and Maggie.
- *The Governor shot up the prison and attempted to kill the rest of them.
- *The Governor tried to kill your best friend Michonne.
- *Then Andrea accuses Michonne of turning everyone against her. Huh?
Neimoidians) who were depicted with Asian accents.
I'm in no way saying that Lucas is prejudiced or racist. He's married to an African-American woman and they have a beautiful little girl together, but Lucas does seem to be a little clueless sometimes. Ultimately, I think Jar Jar Binks was a failed attempt at comic relief and franchising. Supposedly Jar Jar was created to sell young children toys. Figures.
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