Quotes: Static Character
I think the character has not progressed since season four. In fact, he may even have regressed a little.
—Robert Beltran on his role in Star Trek: Voyager
Sarah Jane was never really meant to have anguished emotions about her dead parents. The inappropriateness of this sort of thing was, in fact, where much of the power of 'School Reunion' came from — her choked 'you were my life' is powerful precisely because it's not the sort of line we expect to get from Sarah Jane. But it's not sustainable. The character, under the hood, still isn't made for emotion. She's a Doctor Who companion through and through. Decades after 'The Hand of Fear', she has no living family, no romantic attachments, no friends, a job that exists only to justify starting a plot (I believe the last time we saw Sarah Jane actually write an article was in the opening credits to K-9 and Company). The Sarah Jane Adventures has given her a family, but they're a family that exists to fight aliens, which is to say, to let her continue functioning as a '70s Doctor Who companion. For all that she talks about the wonders to be found on Earth, she never actually goes so far as to demonstrate a hint of interest in any of them.
Troi is in the process of shaving Riker's beard, which, sadly enough, is the culmination of all the character development Riker gets between the middle of the series and the end of the films. Essentially, in the early days of the show, the beard made him likable, and now, he's matured enough that he can be likeable without the beard. That's really pretty much it. That's his character arc.
Astonishing that in seven years Harry Kim goes nowhere. Its like the character is stuck in stasis, always an eager young nobody who wants to grow up and advance his career but never quite making it up the next step of the ladder. Paris is promoted and demoted, hooks up with B’lanna and has a kid in the time that Harry Kim gets no development whatsoever. Take his first scene and his last scene in this series and he is exactly the same person doing exactly the same things.
Travis is the black character of which each Star Trek series need at least one. He is a boomer, which is future-slang for a person who lives on an Earth cargo-ship...Since Enterprise was going to be travelling to areas of space where cargo-ships had been before, Travis was assigned as the ship's helmsman because he knew his way around. You'd think that this would make him an important cast member, and that he would have frequent meetings with Captain Archer in order to advise him about the various aliens they meet on their trek. Well that just doesn't happen. Travis is the most under-used main character in Star Trek, and he's lucky if he gets three lines per episode. This complete lack of presence has made him legendary among the fans. It's ironic that Morn, the bar-fly from DS9 who (purposely) never spoke a word, has better character development than Travis.
At this point, I don’t care if we ever get to the point where Lex Luthor acts like Lex Luthor ; I just want Superman to act like Superman. I mean, broken record time, but in this episode, Ollie’s busting up bank robberies in disguise, Lois is out going door-to-door to drum up support for repealing the VRA, and even Martha Kent — MA FRIGGIN’ KENT! — is giving speeches! Clark is doing NOTHING.