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Romancer66


granolagirl
Sep 26 2013, 02:16 PM
Romancer66
Sep 26 2013, 01:35 PM
I think MA got better material during the third run than he had at the beginning of his second run, for the most part. And he ran with it, all the way to an Emmy nomination and a PRISM award. Some may have resented or disliked the PTSD angle, but MA still sold it. Meanwhile, despite all his time on the frontburner, SC has never struck me as being especially charismatic. He's a very average, generic soap hunk-type, at least when he's playing Daniel, and the character would have to be twenty times more awesome than he is to justify all the insane propping. Daniel isn't particularly smart, brave, or generous; he doesn't have a strong moral compass; he's not all that faithful or loyal as a lover or a friend; he seldom reaches beyond what's comfortable or beneficial to him personally to help someone else. At best, he's good at his job and he can be kind when it doesn't cost him anything. At worst, he's self-righteous, judgmental, hypocritical, and self-serving. Not a dyed-in-the-wool villain, perhaps, but not a rootable hero, either. And I absolutely despise him with Jennifer because together they're self-righteousness in stereo. And self-righteousness is a quality I dislike in all characters, whether they're heroes, villains, or vacuous blanks like Daniel.
"Charismatic" is perception. That's how I see SC and why I've always enjoyed Daniel to a degree.

If I didn't have the background with Jack from the 80's, I don't know what I would think of the character based on his last run. I know MA got an Emmy nomination, but I thought the PTSD material was overwrought, and the performances not stellar -- not that I would expect anyone to be able to hit that kind of melodrama, not well-grounded in story, out of the park.

Jack and Daniel are both flawed characters. Neither character's flaws elevate the other.
Agreed. One viewer's "charismatic" is another's "wet mop."

The PTSD scenes were too few and far between to constitute great story, but I was still favorably impressed by MA's work in them because he was tapping into facets of Jack that hadn't been seen before or hadn't been seen in years. And I liked seeing Jack in dramatic rather than comedic mode, the way he was for too much of his second run. The potential for so much more was there, but it failed to be capitalized on.

Jack and Daniel are indeed flawed characters. The problem for me is that Jack's flaws are always acknowledged on the show, while Daniel's are always glossed over or blamed on someone else. If the show would let him own them and let others admit them instead of fawning over him in such a sickening, sycophantic fashion, I might find him infinitesimally less repulsive.

Or not. I suspect the character's pretty much past saving for me.
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