Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Season 2. So far we have constant on-again-off-again drama between Joey and Dawson. Constant whiny, i-hate-my-life drama from Jen. Constant “I don’t want a divorce, but I don’t want to be with you, but maybe I do want a divorce” drama from Mitch and Gail, and then Pacey. *cue Fox movie trumpets* He is the shining star amidst all these utterly annoying characters. He alone makes me not want to throw objects at my television screen when I have to listen to Joey and Dawson fight about something stupid for the 50th time. If I could devote all of my reviews to Pacey’s interactions I would jump on that bandwagon. If we could erase the rest of the show and make it solely about him, I would also approve. But alas, we are stuck with what history has given us, and sadly that is a show centered around Dawson, and his creek.
So let’s discuss Dawson. And Joey. Because we cannot have one without the other. At least not in season 2. Remember when I was surprised that I was rooting for Dawson and Joey since I previously disliked them? Oh yeah, I remember why I dislike them now. All they do is fight, and whine, and fight. We should have anticipated this from their first moments as a romantic pairing when they discuss the monumental kiss by assuming the other person didn’t want it to happen and attempt to back pedal out of there. Based on what their relationship has become, that probably would have been the better choice. First we have the diary-reading/terrible film maker debacle. Dawson is dumb. Enough said. Then there was the art debacle. I’m going to call that one as a Joey is dumb. I don’t think he should devalue her passion, but it had only been her passion for like…a day?…so at that point I would say the term “hobby” is valid. The very worst part of this relationship: Dawson talking to his father about himself and Joey as “sexual beings.” *gags* Now, with any TV relationship, and real life relationship for that matter, there are bound to be stupid feuds. But their relationship did not have a long enough honeymoon period before the incessant fighting. Additionally, they are just really annoying. I don’t know why. When I look at them from a removed and rational position I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with the storylines or question the plausibility of the relationship, but something about them just grinds my gears!
Now Jen. From the first episode is this season I was unimpressed. I can’t stand how she is acting all torn up over Dawson. She can still like him if she wants
to, but she acts like he cheated on her with Joey. Let us look back at the record…oh yeah, I believe she broke up with him! Then proceeded to date Cliff even though she said she needed to be alone. Dawson was heartbroken for a whole 3 episodes and now she can’t bear the thought of him with another women?! The one thing I will give her is that it would be a bummer to be on the outside of the Dawson-Joey-Pacey trifecta. They were her friends after all, but, the reason she is so blatantly on the outside is because she is constantly trying to seduce Dawson! I was mighty proud of Dawson for shutting her down when she wanted to spend the night. I feel like usually guys awkwardly agree and then have girlfriend drama the next day when they crawl through the window. Good job, Dawson. Way to avoid that headache. The second major issue I’m having with Jen is that she is dragging she-who-must-not-be-named into the show again. (Re: obliterated her from my brain). Unacceptable.
Finally. The best for last. PACEY. I have been super pumped with his story lines this grouping. Maybe the other ones are so bad that it amps up his, but I’m going to chose to believe that that is not the case. Now some of you may say “Pacey is the biggest whiner of them all, all he does is complain that nobody likes him” and to you I would say “Yes…that is correct.” But for some reason his whining is heartbreaking. It’s deep. It’s not annoying. The birthday episode was definitely the bulk of his whining, and please, it was deserved. His best friends are too entangled in their ridiculous fight *see above* to remember despite numerous hints, he fails his driving test, his family hates him, and he throws a party where he goes largely unnoticed. Whine away Pacey, whine away.
Now I shouldn’t have grouped everyone else in the show into the “annoying” category because the two new additions are excellent. First, Andy, who we have thanks to Pacey. She’s very high strung, and I think she’s meant to be annoying, but so far I enjoy her. I love the way her and Pacey interact. The bickering then tender moments. It’s like giving you a Pacey/Joey type relationship so you can make it through to the real thing. I adored their interactions at the party, and that Pacey did the assignment after being a douche about it before. The second addition is Jack, sadly not brought to us by Pacey, but he is Andy’s brother so there is a six degrees thing there. I like his dopey, clumsy, restaurant persona, and his love of art. He is just an all around sweet guy. Frankly, I don’t remember much about him from my previous viewing of the show, so I hope he stays that way.
The biggest *gasp* moment of this block was the return of Tamara! At least it started out that way. When she was watching Pacey and Andy at the end of episode 3 it was a major *gasp*, but when she actually returned everything was surprisingly amicable. They shared some passionate kisses, resolved any lingering affection, and moved on. The lack of theatrics with this storyline was surprising. The relationship itself is drama, but it seems rare that nobody finds out, there’s no lawsuits, angered family members, stalkers, etc. Interesting choice on the writers part. Hats off to ya.
What do you guys think about the start of season 2? How do you feel about the new additions? Who is your least favorite character? I’d love to hear your thoughts.