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Quotes: Out of Focus

Fiction

"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, Spamalot, Whatever Happened To My Part?

"Keiki is the main character of this series (although that's debatable)."
—Official Keiki character bios

kyusiko: i still relevant
coobie: no

"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."
-Nyx, Reality Checks Nyxverse, Nyx's family, final chapter.

Madison: 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.
Xander: Maddie, that's ridiculous. You're as much a part of the team as anyone.
Chip: Yeah.
Madison: Thanks. But, um, lets get real here. Nick did the Catastros thing. Xander, you get all the spell codes. Chip, you saved Vida.
Chip: Oh, yeah.
Xander: That was cool.
Madison: And Vida kicks butt. And I...
Chip: What about Jenji? You helped Jenji.
Madison: As a friend, not a superhero. Oh, actually yeah, I did do something special. I got turned into a stone statue, and everyone had to come and save me. Awesome.
Power Rangers Mystic Force, "The Light"

On works

"Sorry, Famke, you had your three scenes! Now grown-ups are talking."
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men 3: The Last Stand

David: Smallville is “no tights, no flights.” It’s about the human sides to the characters, man, not that adolescent power fantasy crap. It’s about what’s deep. SMALLVILLE IS ABOUT WHAT’S REAL.
Chris: Smallville has done its level best to take away any reason we have to care about Clark. It’s just crazy that this is happening on a show in which he is the main character.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Doomsday")

"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."
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "Juggernaut"


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