All The Young Dudes
"Dudes" is misleading, isn't it? Because there is only one young man in Pine Valley right now and it's not the geeky, adorable son of Palmer and Opal, because who would want to see Petey Cortlandt when they can instead have a sullen, obnoxious rebel, am I right? Especially since it turns out that the sullen, obnoxious rebel is Tad's son, and who doesn't love Tad more than Palmer and Opal?! I am beginning to understand exactly what goes on in the mind of Frons and Co. and it terrifies me...
Not too long ago, I remarked that there was no way anybody could possibly care about Damon's story, aside from caring when his scenes would be over in order to move onto something that could, possibly, be more entertaining. Oh, how I long to go back to those innocent days! Because now, whenever Damon is on-screen, I am filled with white-hot rage and hatred, because he is TERRIBLE. I don't think he has any likable qualities, there is entirely too much screentime devoted to talking to or about him and her hatred of him has made me become a serious supporter of Liza. Liza!
The writers seem to have realized (much too late, of course) that they made some serious wrong turns with him, and have decided to introduce his father, AKA the worst human being in the universe, to conjure up some sympathy for him. And boy, did they lay it on thick. He called Colby every name in the book, he said all sorts of horrible things to Damon...
Paul: At what? Flushing your future down the toilet? Poor mother. You know, for years, I've been trying to explain to her what a worthless piece of crap you are. Maybe now she'll get it.
Paul: Damon is a screw-up. He always has been, and he always will --
Tad: He's not a screw-up. There's a reason for his behavior. He's not responsible for his brain chemistry.
Paul: Please! That's just some acronym a shrink made up.
Tad: ADHD is real. It's treatable. You know how much you could do for that boy?
Paul: Look, look. If Damon wants to stay here, knock up a few girls, break a few more laws, that's great. He can rot in jail for all I care.
Tad: So that's it? You refuse to help, right?
Paul: Look, Damon is beyond help.
AND he was mean and dismissive to Tad, which I think we were supposed to take serious offense to.
Well, AMC writers, I have to tell you that it hasn't worked. I still hate him. And I know that means nothing to you, because if you do ever take my feelings into consideration, it's merely to do the exact opposite of what I'd like, and that if I were going to make actual wishes about this show, a better written Damon wouldn't rank in the top 10 (that list is mostly new and creative ways to send Ryan out of town for good) but if I could make a small and, I think, reasonable plea, can't you just go back to making him boring? That would be great.