I don't know how to describe "Ill" except perhaps as Daria Lite.
The episode wasn't exactly bad, it just seemed a lot like cotton candy:
a lot of fluffy sugar and air. Aside from being an overly obvious
fanservice to the Trent/Daria crowd, there just didn't seem to be
any point to this episode.
Daria starts getting a rash when she's anxious about Trent. It rapidly
develops, and although shown at the end of the show the Big Red Reset
Button is used and it never shows up again. There doesn't seem to
be any reason for her to get the rash during Mr. O'Neill's class,
other than to lead into a scene with Quinn. She may consider Trent
cuddly, but a tyrant? And she was drawing uncomplimentary pictures
of Mr. O'Neill at the time, so she probably wasn't daydreaming about
The only thing that really stands out is the Mrs. Sullivan dream sequence,
and then because it doesn't mesh with the rest of the show. There's
not a single thing in the entire show that gives her any reason to
doubt the good of intelligence, so the dream is simply out of place.
It's like it was simply put in to fill time (well, the rest of the
episode gave the same impression, but it's like they couldn't fill
it out) and extend the Mrs. Sullivan joke.
This all makes it rather hard to form an opinion about the episode,
since for the most part it just doesn't make any real impression.
This is one of those "What did I just spend half an hour doing?" episodes.
It wasn't really bad enough to be targeted with the obvious "fever
dream" comment, but it nevertheless managed to live up to its
name, in that the show did seem sick, a nasty flu perhaps, and just
never really got the energy to go anywhere.
"Fair Enough" is where second season finally starts to recover. Unlike
the previous episode, "Ill", this one does some nice character work,
although mostly with the minor characters. It's a lot like "The Daria
Hunter" in that respect, although this one covers Charles more, and
it reinforces my opinion that Charles would be a very interesting
character if he ever got his hormones under control. He and Mr. DeMartino
basically make this episode.
Charles seems to genuinely like Jane and Daria, although this might
just be because they're willing to respond to him with something other
than physical violence. He may actually appreciate their cut-downs
(read his answering machine messages in "The Daria Diaries") on their
own level. If he wasn't running around after all the women, I'd suspect
his "Ballad of the Misunderstood Minstrel" to be a bid for some sort
of friendship between them, but for his current character this may
be nothing more than a wounded-puppy attention getting ploy.
What could have used work this episode were the Helen/Linda confrontations.
Two strong minded women going at each other hammer and tongs, okay,
but Helen is a lawyer (and apparently a good one), she should be better
able to handle these verbal conflicts.
It's been a little while since my last Rambling, since I've just
been playing catch-up. Well, I've survived the Unholy Trinity ("Quinn
the Brain", "The New Kid", and "Gifted")
and am finally starting into the "new" episodes. From here
on out, Rambling should really increase in frequency.
I'm still looking for image captures of the alter-egos, and/or someone
willing to work out a tape trade for the episodes I don't have. I
don't need them all at once or anything, and I'm perfectly willing
to work out some sort of swap, but I just won't be able to catch all
the details (like the titles of books Daria's reading, with "The
New Kid" being a case in point) from what I have currently.