Diminished TV Characters II

Part II of Diminished TV show Characters.

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Read Part I here.

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Lacey Porter- Twisted

This one was actually a major sore spot for me because it was ridiculously blatant. The writers of this show could not even try to act like they didn’t sabotage her character. Please bear with me on this one because while this show only lasted one season, the information provided is essential to why Lacey Porter’s character was diminished.
Twisted was marketed as this mystery/thriller drama on ABC Family with three leads, two being people of color! Twisted centered on Danny Desai, a 16-year-old alleged sociopath and murderer who reconnects with his two childhood best friends, Jo Masterson and Lacey Porter when he returns to his hometown to attend high school.
This show had promise. Lacey starts the show as the popular girl, she’s dating the most popular boy in school and as they hear news of Danny’s return, Jo and Lacey speak to each other after drifting apart. Danny immediately finds the girls in the hallway and speaks to them like old times even though Lacey coined the phrase “socio” for Danny while being interviewed. But Danny is drawn to her first (He looks her right in her eyes, it was beautiful), he and Jo manage to become friendly again quickly but Danny has to work for Lacey’s friendship. While things are still rocky between them, they always managed to be alone with intense and reminiscent conversations. They almost kissed in the pilot! I was down for the cause.
The problem comes when Lacey and Danny finally get together, it takes a while for Lacey to admit her feelings but she does. She goes to reconcile with Danny and spends the night with him, both ignorant to the fact that someone records them. The recorder shows his friends the video, Jo’s best friend Rico confronts them, Lacey decides not to fight it because she figures her friends will forgive her and Jo will understand. However, Rico tells Lacey that Jo is “in love” with Danny (lol whatever). So she can’t know about the video because it would devastate her.
At that moment, I knew it was bull because there were no indications that Jo liked him romantically, at least enough that everyone is worried about her feelings. Lacey already felt bad for keeping her relationship with Danny a secret but felt like she needed to because people would react negatively due to his past, so this wasn’t fair to put on her as well. She’s a 16-year-old girl! I mean come on. Lacey goes out of her way to get that video deleted so Jo wouldn’t see it, but it was sent out anyway.
After an extremely awkward public romantic confession from Jo (at a public hearing discussing expulsion for an incident Danny didn’t cause), Lacey and Jo talk. Jo tells her of her feelings about Danny and proceeds to say “I should have told you” Lacey says she would understand because it would have been weird with the three of them and their friendship and Jo says “plus, I know he doesn’t feel the same way about me… but even if he did, I hope you know I never would have dated him without talking to you first. I care about you so much Lacey, about us” and right there I called FOUL because why would they do that?? It makes Lacey look like this horrible person because she didn’t tell Jo (the show would have hashtags every episode but most of them would be: #JoisinlovewithDanny, #PoorJo) whereas now suddenly Jo is saying she would have told Lacey. It wasn’t right. Once Jo sees the video, she gives both Danny (who didn’t know about the video because he had more pressing matters to deal with like being expelled!!) and Lacey the cold shoulder and the two of them GO OUT OF THEIR WAY to apologize to her. I’m sorry (not sorry), I find that absolutely ridiculous. A private moment between them was spread around the school, why are we worried about Jo’s feelings? What about their parents? Why hasn’t someone done something about this?
They wanted to make Lacey look like the bad guy from the beginning. When they were younger, Lacey shut Jo out due to her being constantly depressed and bringing up Danny when Lacey just wanted to move on. I mean, imagine being 12 and dealing with the fallout of your best friend allegedly killing his aunt while you’re at his house. She also convinced a friend when they were 13, not to invite Jo to her sleepover due to her depressing behavior. I’m not giving Lacey a pass for being mean towards the only other person who might understand her feelings but I can imagine being a pre-teen, feeling betrayed by your best friend, having your life bombarded by reporters and therapists and just trying to be normal. That’s a lot for a kid. But none of that mattered because Lacey was set up as this snooty popular black girl and Jo set up to be the blonde haired, blue eyed damsel who should be with Danny and is the most important.
What makes matters worse is that Lacey began to get less and less screen time now that Jo’s random feelings for Danny is out in the open. Even DANNY, the main lead of the show was getting less screen time because we’re all supposed to be #Team Jo. Danny never shows any romantic interest in her at all but they wanted their viewers to believe he suddenly had feelings for her. #TeamJo. No. I was never Team Jo because there was no Team Jo. They were friends and it just so happened that Danny and Lacey discovered they could be more. I don’t think that makes them bad people, nor did they have to tell Jo.
Another example: Jo comes to Lacey’s invisible younger sister’s birthday party. She and Lacey I guess got back on good terms and a big secret is revealed about Lacey’s father. He’s gay. Who discovers this? Jo Masterson. Why? Why did she have to be the one to walk in on Lacey’s dad making out with another man? Why couldn’t Lacey discover them? Or I don’t know… the man’s ex-wife? Then for some reason, Jo was present during this family discussion. Um… why? I also did not appreciate how Jo’s Caucasian parents and Danny’s Caucasian mother got to be regulars but Lacey’s African American parents were only present maybe three times in total throughout the season. I would have loved to know Mrs. Porter’s reaction to finding out her 16-year-old daughter had a “sex-tape” spread throughout her school.
Last example: In the second half of the season, Danny’s cellmate Charlie was introduced. He seemed to show interest in Lacey when they first meet, which I was not for because he was weird and she and Danny were not over. Later he switches his romantic manipulative interest to Jo (who at the time was sort of kind of dating some other boy) and turns her against Danny with a bunch of obvious lies. So, overall Jo Masterson became many things in one season.
  1. Damsel in Distress (Somehow she got involved in drama with Danny and his supposedly dead father, and ended up being the reason why Danny kind of killed his dad. I mean, that would have been a great plot if it only dealt with Danny and his father.)
  2. The Angel and everyone should be #Team Jo because #Jo Is the One
  3. Irresistible to different guys but continues to have feelings for Danny who now suddenly has romantic interest in her. It looked like Avan Jogia couldn’t even fake being romantically interested in her.
  4. Stupid and Naïve. She was always kind of naïve but dang, Charlie turned her against Danny so quickly it was amazing she called herself his best friend.
Jo became all of these things whereas Lacey Porter just continued to become less than what she was. She had her confidence issues but she was a character with a lot of inner strength that SHOULD have been explored more.
  • We should have gotten to know Lacey’s family, including her sister (they didn’t even cast her). We should have known what happened in the Porter household when Danny was arrested those years ago. Clara was turning 14, did she have a hard time in school too? When did Mr. Porter start sleeping with the gym teacher? Or whatever he was.
  • Lacey and her parents should have talked about what happened between her and Danny, with the video and it being set out to everyone. There were no serious repercussions of it.
  • When Charlie came into town and showed interest in Lacey, he should have stuck with that, since Danny and Lacey were actually together and actually had unresolved feelings. Him trying to get close to Jo to hurt Danny didn’t hold as much weight. It would have taken a lot of time and lies for him to turn Lacey against Danny unlike how quickly he did it with Jo. It would have made a more interesting story.
  • Danny and Lacey should have been able to reconcile what was going on between them. Danny started to get broody because he was being haunted by what he did to his father, there should have been a moment where they should have talked. I think there was something after/during a dance but it wasn’t enough.
I’m sure there is more, but it’s been a long time I’ve watched this show. If I ever decide to watch the season again, I could probably add to this. Outside of what the writers did to Lacey’s character and even to Danny’s character all for the sake of putting Jo on a pedestal, she didn’t deserve, there were a lot of story lines that should have been explored, fleshed out differently, built up more. I don’t know how it looks now, but Twisted fanfiction featured a lot of Lacey Porter, fans on the Facebook page, IMdB page were upset, including myself, by this however the writers did not listen to us. Instead they listened to the small portion of fans who for some reason wanted Jo to be in the forefront, or they just ignored us and continued their own agenda. It didn’t work obviously as the show never made it to the second season.
Lacey Porter deserved better.
The next part will hopefully come faster then this one did lol. It will be the last part of this segment for now.
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Diminished TV Characters I

Part I of this character segment.

Nathaniel Archibald- Gossip Girl

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(look at him, ain’t he so cute? 😍😍😍😍)

I liked most of the main characters but I really liked Nate. I know a lot of people found him boring and useless (gorgeous though) but I thought he was a light spot in this world of sabotage and deception. I know this might be tl:dr but please read it 😀
The “Golden Boy of the Upper East Side” and throughout the show he’d been involved in numerous romantic relationships though none were successful. He wanted to escape the plan his parents mapped out for him: attending an Ivy League college, law school and marrying Blair Waldorf. He felt trapped in a shallow world. His father is discovered to be using drugs again and he’s accused of embezzling money and fraud. With his father in rehab, Nate is able to breathe.
I think that after a few plot threads were tied up with him the writers didn’t know what to do with him. He was a good guy (with problems) and they didn’t seem to want to put him into storylines that didn’t deal with women. I haven’t read the books so I don’t know his story in the series but in the show they swapped him out for Chuck Bass and Dan Humphrey. Chuck I understand because he was the bad boy, charismatic and while Nate’s best friend, his link to Blair began to grow, not to mention his many dysfunctions. He was interesting. Dan on the other hand… he was annoying, fake, a wannabe and whiny. I did not understand why Nate was glossed over for good writing for Dan friggin Humphrey.
Nate was paired with cougars, married women, or put into stupid situations with uninteresting women. Vanessa started off okay but she got mixed up in the world he was trying to get away from, so that went down the toilet. He had feelings for Serena van der Woodsen and dated her for a while but kept bouncing back and forth between her and Blair. I’m not even going to talk about Jenny Humphrey (or Sage). I’m just glad those did not continue. He kept getting new girlfriends, or meeting new women and for a while that’s all it was. Nate started off with a good story dealing with his family, having to deal with an overbearing father, a quiet “submissive” mother, frozen assets and choosing to live in an empty house by sleeping on the floor to prevent his friends from knowing. It didn’t have to go on forever but dang that was good. Where did the person who wrote those lines go?
Juliet Sharpe (Katie Cassidy) came in season four. She was different, I liked them together and they were good for each other. He was actually given a reason to be with her instead of it being a catalyst for more unnecessary relationship drama. Juliet was a mystery and there were so many ways to go about it, she could have been running from someone causing Nate to save her. Or something happened with him that would cause her to ask his friends (something he wouldn’t do on his own) to help her since they thought she wasn’t good enough for him. There were so many possibilities they could have explored but everything had to be about Serena, Nate was being used to get closer to Serena. Juliet fell for him and later broke up with him because of it. They could of went in a different direction with why she had to break up with him. Ultimately, it didn’t end well and Juliet was gone. Outside of my irritation with how this storyline went, the moment when Nate, Blair, Serena and Chuck take her down is probably one of the best take down moments on Gossip Girl.
This is how it went pretty much. Over and over again.
I wanted Nate Archibald to be given a storyline that would have kept him involved in this world instead of him being the “pretty boy”who messed with women and was Chuck Bass’ less interesting best friend. Compared to the other main characters of the show (even friggin Dan!) he didn’t get love and it bothered me. There’s nothing wrong with good guys, but after a while watching the whirlwind that was Chuck and Blair, and the annoyance of Serena and Dan, it would have been nice for Nate to actually be more than what they reduced him too. They could have kept him involved with his own storylines that did not involve women, everyone else got all of these scandals, they betrayed each other (though Nate was the only one who did NOT send anything to Gossip Girl). Below are some ideas they could have explored with Nate Archibald.
  • The storyline where the FBI investigates his father due to him wanting to hold Nate and his mother hostage for ransom money (from the mother’s side) could have been explored more. It was discovered and closed in one episode.
  • In season 3 he romantically likes a girl who is from the Archibald’s rival political family and his grandfather disapproves. They could have explored that aspect more. Obviously the Archibald men have control issues.
  • In season 5 Nate manages to run a magazine, his grandfather chooses him over his cousin for a retreat causing Tripp (cousin) to be jealous. Tripp sabotages Nate’s car to get him “out of the way”. That plot point went over to Chuck and Blair (because we needed another reason for them to be apart) and once again plot lines that could have gone somewhere was pushed aside for other characters. Nate was the one who found out it was the cousin and helped “take him down”.
  • In season 6, while running his magazine, he has trouble financially and Chuck’s father Bart Bass tries to use Nate against Chuck aaaaand that didn’t go anywhere either. Definitely could have explored that more.
He does get the honor of investigating Gossip Girl in order to finally find out who “she” is and he was rather good at it. Just because this is getting long, I feel that the treatment of his character wasn’t right. If you agree that he was boring, then that’s fine, but I think that might be different if they wrote more for him. Yes, he was good looking (the best looking one personally) but that’s not all that was needed for his character. He was involved in too little plots that were wrapped up too quickly in favor for other prolonged plot lines for other characters that were unnecessary (Charlie/Lola, Ivy, Dan, Rufus).
The show wrapped in 2012 but it’s just been on my mind ever since Season 1. Nate deserved better.
Stay tuned for part II.