March 25, 1998
A couple more things to say, one about last episode, one about the season as a whole.
In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been too pleased
by second season. I realized one of the reasons why today.
Still, see what I mean? Has love turned Daria into some sentimental drifter who's willing to take what comes? Has she totally lost her ability to manipulate people? Frankly, seeing her turn the tables on all sorts of common bullshit was one of the best parts of the show, and the lack of it in second season is taking it's toll.
This other complaint is about Trent. Specifically, how he was used in "Monster." As I said in the episode summary, he was used gratuitously. I know this isn't a drama, but there was no real reason for him to be there. He didn't advance the plot, he didn't advance a sub-plot, and it didn't really advance the Daria/Trent theme. Tossing him in for a couple cheap laughs (or attempts at cheap laughs anyway) isn't a good idea. Tossing anything in for a cheap laugh generally isn't a good idea. If he's used, he should be there for a better reason than to appeal to the Trent-worshiping fans.
March 24, 1998
A pretty good episode. Certainly one of the funnies ones (it was written by the person who wrote "Malled," btw). Unfortunately, I wasn't too fond of the ending. But on with the show, so to speak.
The character development in this one wasn't too extensive,
but it was good. Mr. O'Neill has finally remembered their names correctly
(and seemingly permanently), and his doting over Daria and her ideas
shows that she's clearly his favourite student. This, of course, makes
the whole plot of "Quinn the Brain" even less likely, but I don't
mind that at all.
Jake, Jodie, and Mack all got bit parts again, mostly reinforcing what we've already seen. An episode or three that concentrates on specific "support" characters could be very interesting.
I thought the Daria/Quinn dream sequence was a bit over the top, but my opinion there is influenced because it was used so recently (and so poorly) in another episode. At least Daria nightmaring herself into Quinn's outfit is more rational than the poor excuse they had last time. However, I don't see Daria letting Quinn off that lightly. She owes Quinn big time for "The Big House" (Okay, bad pun, but still true), not to mention just about everything that's happened since. Daria didn't even get any money out of her! Now, passing up a chance to totally embarrass her for cash I could see, but out of kindness? After the crap she pulls all the time? Hopefully this gets rid of the last of Daria's kind feelings (feeling anyway) for her sister. For a while, anyway. Quinn needs a good humiliation.
It was a good show, and I think second season is getting better. Unfortunately, the writers haven't shown us any "Pinch Sitter" endings yet. First season, especially the finale, got our expectations up. It was a bit of a slow start, but perhaps they'll be living up to them anyway. (Of course, that'll cause problems for next season...)
Oh, one more thing. "Tanked in a Tutu" reminded me I haven't got the SSW listings up at the moment. I'll put them back up, with the second season ones, when I get a chance.