"Whatever happened to my part?
It was exciting at the start
Now we're halfway through Act Two,
And I've had nothing yet to do!"
—The Lady of the Lake
, Whatever Happened To My Part?
Keiki is the main character of this series (although that's debatable).
: i still relevant coobie
Did you ever feel like... like somepony made you a background pony in your own story? [...] Like... Like you're reading a story, right? And you start out, and the first chapter or two you think 'oh, this story is all about THIS character! the peasant colt in the cottage!' and you go along and... then somewhere in the middle suddenly it's not anymore, it's all about the lonely princess in the tower or the wandering knight and the peasant colt is just a pony in the background for the rest of the story. I kinda feel like that. Like I'm the peasant pony and the writer's just forgot all about me and gone off and did something with somepony else. [...] When we first got here, Mom and me, I mean, everything just kept happening. And stuff started building up, and building up, and it felt like, I dunno, like something big and important
was going to happen to me— but instead it all happened to Spike
. [...] I feel like I came all this way and something
was supposed to happen... I was supposed to make
something happen... and I never did.
I know I'm a Power Ranger, but c'mon. You guys are the ones that really... you know... lit it up. I don't feel like I did my share...Oh, actually yeah, I did do something special. I got turned into a stone statue, and everyone had to come and save me. Awesome
Playing into the “Bill Shatner
power fantasy reading”, we also get a sense that The Final Frontier
is “James Kirk vs. the Universe.” A key plot point of the film has most of the cast turning against Shatner Kirk. Given how Shatner has dismissed criticisms from his fellow stars, deriding them as petty jealousies (“there was nothing to nick
”), it’s not too difficult to buy into this. Indeed, one section of the commentary has Shatner passive-aggressively blame his co-stars for the movie’s dodgy appearance ("A disproportionate amount of money is spent on talent as against production..."
) Not only are the characters inside the film betraying Kirk, the actors appearing in the film are actively sabotaging Shatner. It’s worth noting that his original outline for the film had both Spock and McCoy turning against Kirk – which would have left Kirk the only
hero of the film...Scotty – the trustworthy engineer who just busted the gang out of jail – walks around a corner and bangs his head on a pipe
. This is the one crew member who has spent the most time on the new Enterprise
. Uhura gets a “fan dance
”, which is a really weird way to treat the one female member of the ensemble.
Poor Roxanne Dawson. When the show began B’Elanna was one of the characters that the writing team were most invested in – you could tell by the way it was her story that they focused on immediately after the pilot. There was a nice little character arc
running through the first three seasons that saw the character go from an aggressive bully to a focused, professional Starfleet engineer and installments such as Dreadnought, Remember and Blood Fever were some of the best of their years. Season four was where it all started to go wrong (it seems that with the advent of Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine
that Torres was neglected almost as if the writers are commenting that you can’t have two such sophisticated characters on the show) and Torres underwent something of a character deterioration and the few times they could be bothered to give her an episode it seems that they felt the need to make an out-of-character regression
. Dawson’s pregnancy might have had something to do with Torres vanishing into the shadows but episodes like Day of Honor, Extreme Risk (B’Elanna is addicted to extreme sports
) and now Juggernaut (B’Elanna cannot control her anger – this is direct throwback to season one’s Parallax which was the second episode so it feels like we are back where we started with the character
) do her no favours at all...When Torres blatantly insults the Captain (‘Diplomacy, Janeway’s answer to everything’) it feels shockingly out of character considering what the two of them went through together in the first couple of years. That relationship has been completely ignored in favour of the Janeway/Seven duo and its almost as if you can hear Dawson’s disdain
. Isn’t it fortunate that in an episode that deals with Torres’ anger she has to solve the problem by beating up the core labourer with a giant pipe