Secondary and tertiary characters will be the death of me.
I feel like too many people focus on the amount of time each character has on the show. There are 7 main characters, so there is a lot to put into the show in regards to their personal lives, it’s hard to keep it all even.
I think people either miss the point or they just don’t care because their fave gets alot of attention. But IF the show was remotely close to being even as to the amount of story (focus) each character has gotten over the years—many people wouldn’t be complaining as they are. And frankly I don’t buy that “it’s hard to keep it all even”…some of the things that have happened to the one character that people have noticed has gotten a significant amount more story could have been given to the other characters instead. It just wasn’t, hence the backlash you see. Yes, there are 7 main characters, but how much more can we learn about the one character or see him go through yet another traumatic thing when we still know next to nothing about some of the others??
THIS. Its not hard to keep it all even, the writers just choose not to. There have been over 150 episodes and 8 seasons…I dont think any of these characters should be strangers to us and yet feel some of them are, even the ones we loved and are now gone. I think there are a group of writers who do well for some characters, or want to cater to a greedier fanbase, and just hope showing the rest profiling or flirting or analyzing or throwing them a supposed “very special episode” bone once in a while will be enough. Its not…but I’m too tired to complain anymore. It is what it is, which isnt good but always the way its been, I’d like it better if the show had stuck to the tenets of a procedural and we knew next to nothing about all of them or they had better bibles and we got to see more character development and personality shine through in the course of their work.
Do you ever find yourself attracted to a character but not so much to the actor that plays the character, or vice-versa? I know this cant only be me.
It was a rush job for sure, and they did the best they could. Josh is great and so is Will as a character. It will never be perfect but the hate is insane. There are more righteous writing arguments about the show to have if that’s the case.
Generally the reason I like the relationship writing in this show is because when they decide to add conflict it’s got a good reason behind it. (with one notable Kevin and Garcia moment that we’ll forget exists, but even then I don’t hate Garcia because of one thing she said in one episode that one time). So, I won’t say perfection, especially in moments with outside factors, but I can appreciate the well roundedness of most of it.
Like, I’ve seen people say that because he was upset/frustrated with her going back to the BAU he’s terrible for her because he doesn’t respect her career options therefore he has no respect for her as she is very career orientated. I watched that episode a few days ago, and Will’s main bug there was because Henry was sick. And regardless, he’s allowed an opinion anyway as a member of the family who is affected by her life choices. I mean, If I was in Will’s situation I’d probably be grumpy too. He left his whole job and life behind in New Orleans to be with her and Henry so she could keep her job, then he was okay with staying with Henry till he was old enough so JJ could work. JJ then got a job (unwillingly) where she could be with them on weekends and night then went back to hellish hours with no respect for weekends regardless of their family.
I’d say he had a good reason to be irritated. She has a right to want her job back, too, she was torn out of her unit with no choice to a place she didn’t want to be. But it’s not like his points were baseless. I hate it when people put main characters on a pedestal to make their other halves look bad. The main characters are too well rounded to be without flaws. I don’t care who everybody agrees with in that little spat they had about her work, but if they’re saying one character doesn’t even have a leg to stand on they’re deliberately ignoring something for their own agenda.
and yes, if you want to argue your socks off there is a truck load of ethical debate you could tap into in the show. Normally if i write my socks off about something it’s because I’ve seen a post that has bothers me so much that I wanted to add my own thoughts, though.
And JJ and Henry mean everything to Will. He left his life behind because he loved her and wanted to raise their family together as he’d lost his father and maybe even his mother too. And he did have a right to be upset about her choosing to return to the BAU knowing it would keep them all separated so much even though in the end he swallowed that as well. I was glad to see he returned to being an investigator, something he loves so much though I cant imagine how that must be for Henry having two parents who are always in danger. But the pedestal thing, yes, that’s it exactly. There are so many things that the characters do at given times that I dont agree with or downright hate. But some fans see some characters in a white light and there is no wrong. It doesnt just happen with love interests but amongst teammates as well, and surely with spouses/lovers, who are just secondary characters and who cares about them anyway kind of deal. I havent liked every partner/spouse for my own reasons in my own moments but it wasnt because the main character is always right and good and true. We all have our own reason for anything but the way some of these characters get treated is so harsh…the Kevin and Beth tags I refuse to even go into anymore because its just vitriol and hate. Not all of it but so much of it, especially now with Kevin and Garcia going through what they’re going through (dont even get me started) and the whole Beth is a stalker/Unsub thing still a year after her introduction. I guess I’ll never really understand and I totally see the validity of your argument and why these things make you so mad.
I see posts of characters I love but they’re shippy so I dont feel comfortable reblogging it because I dont ship it. I just love the characters.