Whatever Happened to "Writing to a Person's Strengths"?
Poor Aiden Turner, you know? He gets some semblance of a storyline with a romance with one of the writers' (and my!*) favorite characters, which turns out to be the first romance of his that ever has, like, fans (unless there was a vocal contingent of Aidan/Erin fans that I didn't know about, which seems unlikely, but kind of hilarious). And then everything goes straight to hell, like most things AMC-related do, because the writing staff went back to the "Ryan and Greenlee are the best thing in the world, ever, better than rainbows and kittens and $50 bills falling from the sky" well and you know who wins against Ryan? No one. Not even Jesus, probably. So Aidan Devane never really stood a chance.
So it kind of seems like I am pouring salt on the wound by saying this, but...um, it seemed kind of, um...unwise for the writers to give him a big, emotional breakdown scene. He's good at a lot of things, like being foxy, and charming, but he's not as skillful at things like "conveying emotion" or "enunciating".
I'm just saying. It's my job to be honest, so I NEEDED to say it, but I feel bad doing it. I want to give him a hug.
*The Lifetime Movie Network recently aired one of Rebecca Budig's post-AMC works, The Perfect Child, co-starring Lifetime Movie hall of fame member Lochlyn Munro (look at his resume! That's a metric ton of cheese, right there), about a successful young woman who marries a single father and then crazy stuff starts to happen and there are murders and stalkings and the like. It was tremendously, tremendously awful and, you know, the fact that I was even watching the Lifetime Movie Network should tell you that I don't have very high standards. I am thinking that, if the rumors of her skedaddling as soon as her contract is up are true, Ms. Budig should seriously think twice.