No, Reeek and Stuart turned ridiculous, which is so much worse for a TV character! Reeek had pretended to be a writer but ended up passionate about accounting (!) and more enamored with his great ideal Jim (yeah right) than with Mademoiselle Brin-dah; and Stuart suddenly was a whiny daddy-hater with allergies. They may have had these tendencies all along, but at the end of their stint on the show, they were just cartoon characters.
Exactly! It was like the show refused to give her a love interest that challenged Brenda or changed her in some way. Instead they may as well have never been there at all because they added nothing positive or negative to her life in the grand scheme.Bastet Esq
, I agree with your post, especially as it pertains to real life. But on the show, it just seems like Brenda was the only one who didn't rate a real love after she lost out on Dylan. She was left to pine or hook up with Dylan, but she didn't really have anything satisfying that wasn't left to our imagination. I don't think she absolutely HAD to have a man to love in her life. If she had continued on the show with her passion for acting still ignited, that would have been fine. But it just seems like she lost her spark in Season 3 and she never really got it back before she left. Reeek or Stuart would have been an easy fix for that, and could have provided interesting storyline possibilities. Instead they added nothing but causing her to pine for Dylan harder than before.
I choose to believe Brenda was happy in London, had made new friends, made a nice life for herself, was enjoying herself, and that mopey moody Dylan didn't fit into that life when he showed up, and that's why Dylan came crawling back to Beverly Hills. Brenda grew, Dylan didn't.
I would too except that she was apparently available to be with Dylan romantically when he showed up for whatever period of time they were together. So there goes my theory that she found true love in London... at least at that time. :( I do give Dylan a pass on being mopey and moody when he showed up, though (if that's how it went down). Losing your dad and your wife to mob hits right in front of you less than five years apart is bound to make anyone miserable.
Maybe there's truth to girls marrying their fathers. Donna's BF's except for the ones that stalked and killed her were pretty regular guys. And Kelly had a few nice dates, like the unethical Dr. Almost.
I could see Donna in this scenario. Ray was the obvious exception, of course. :) I always cut David some slack on what he did because of his addictions and his untreated depression. He did some pretty skeevy things, but overall he was a nice guy with his heart in the right place.
Kelly, though, I think she tried to marry people that she thought were the opposite of Bill Taylor: dependable, trustworthy, commited, and loyal. Unfortunately for her, they weren't. I don't think Brandon was as bad as Matt in that department, but each time they were together for a good period of time (Seasons 5 and 8), Brandon managed to cheat on her. He also let her down after the fire, causing her to go to Dylan for support. And let's just say Matt was the opposite of those qualities she was looking for based on his ruining his law practice, unethical behavior, cheating, lying, and hiding a wife.
But this brings up something that bothers me about Kelly from time to time. When she has her big conversation with Dylan about a walk not getting them to engagement, she tells him that she can't imagine having him without imagining losing him to another woman, an addiction, or his lack of interest. And I understand the message, that she feels she can't fully count on him and is scared to make that leap and get hurt. But I think she's holding him accountable for other people's sins. He never left Kelly for another woman. He chose her over Brenda. Assuming that she knows nothing of the fishing trip, he only hooked up with Brenda after they had already broken up and as she immediately ran off to DC, I can't see how she would consider that a "loss." He married Toni, only after she had refused his trip around the world and his attempt to hook back up while she was with Colin. In all of Dylan's addictions on the show, he and Kelly weren't together so they didn't impact their romantic relationship directly. And while it's possible that she could have feared the possible damage that they could do to their life together, she had been an addict herself and had lived with a recovering one for years so she knew it was possible to get straight. It's not like she ever let his addictions stop her from being in his life, how much worse would it be as his girlfriend? She probably suffered more in her role as his friend than Gina did in her role as his girlfriend during his heroin addiction. And his lack of interest, well I'll give her that their trip around the world and dating life after he met the scamily DID suffer from that, but after that (while he was on the show), he maintained interest in her life and his place in it quite nicely. He helped her sort things out after the fire, helped her break free from the cult, talked to her about her grandpa's wishes, helped her through the rape, and talked to her about her future. I think it was fear that kept her away from Dylan more than his actual issues. She didn't want a Bill Taylor, but I don't think Dylan really was one. Maybe Dylan was more a Jackie Taylor! ;) I also think maybe she still harbored guilt from "stealing" him from Brenda and thought that she didn't deserve to end up with him happily ever after. Thus her tendency to put other guys through the wringer in her attempt to deny her feelings for Dylan.