[Note: I’ve rarely been more tempted to rant like a madman re. a TV show, but I really want to keep this out of the Pit because I’m interested in what others think of this subject. So, with, great reluctance, here’s my somewhat edited OP.]
Just got around to watching episode #17 of Samurai Jack (the episodes aren’t titled, only numbered). It’s a pretty typical “odd couple” ep, one of several Jack’s been in. He’s teamed up with a stereotypical Scottish warrior…I think he was even named Angus…and their task is to storm the castle where the Scot’s one true love is being held (much weeping and moaning every time he mentions this).
Well, they find her. Whereupon they discover that she’s somewhat less ideal than how the big guy described her.
So far nothing out of the ordinary. But then she berates him. For a long, long time. Then she discovers Jack, and berates him as well. And then comes the gripes. And more insults. And more gripes. And more insults. This goes on completely nonstop up until the big confrontation with her, er, captor. Did I mention that the insults (and gripes) just pour out nonstop? And she barely gives her rescuers a chance to get a word in edgewise? And this continues even while they’re locked in mortal combat with the castle’s guards? Yeah, that’ll motivate them to defend you…
Anyway, the nasty demon captor reiterates his desire to eat her for dinner (at that point, I was kinda hoping he would). And Jack and the seriously misguided husband are too tired to fight any longer. Well, you can guess what happens next…the helpless damsel…I guess I should mention that she’s even bigger than Angus; yet another lovely stereotype…immediately springs to life and utterly annihilates her captor and the remainder of his army. (There seems to have been a lame attempt to rip off Xena: Warrior Princess…you know, one-woman army, “Lllaa la la la la!”, etc.)
With the threat over, she seems to have mellowed out. Oh, but Jack makes the fatal mistake of suggesting that she might be too big to fit through the front door, and, lousy ingrate that she is, she chases the terrified samurai to the hills.
Did I mention that she never, ever receives any kind of comeuppance whatsoever? I half expected Jack to go nuts and hack her to bits at the end. Hell, I was rooting for it to happen. With the endless abuse that he received, I’m surprised he didn’t snap halfway through the rescue. But of course, it never happens because…
…gee, why doesn’t it ever happen? Are there, shudder, viewers out there who actually like this? I know Eric Cartman is practically a GOD among South Park fans for getting away with murder, but somehow, I have a hard time believing Craig McCracken and company would have the same menatality. Bear in mind that he’s the creator of The Powerpuff Girls, a show that’s all about evil being punished, and where three charming little girls routinely take serious lumps, so teaching the rotten ingrate a lesson was a possibility.
Gah. Well, whatever the reason, Episode #17 has forever ruined this show for me. As far as I’m concerned, whenver the writers get it in their heads that an episode about a completely irredeemable creep who constantly spews insults and never has to answer for anything is actually watchable, the show is beyond redemption. Now I can’t even look at poor Jack without thinking of that hideous face spewing those hideous insults in that hideous voice. I’ve gotten nightmares for less.
sigh…and this show had such cool sword fights…
Comments? Rebuttals? Pictures of me burned in effigy? Fire away. Bear in mind, though, that I don’t even understand the appeal of shows like Beavis and Butthead, so keep it simple.