dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The deficit of joy.

Now that we’ve seen slightly more than half a year of the new-runs, a pattern has started to emerge. What we’ve been given is a distorted version of the Pattersons’ history that seems to be free of anything like happiness. The original four, who had their ups and downs, have been replaced by four morose drips who only know disappointment and frustration. This is why strips that show everyone being happy to simply be alive and with the people they’re stuck with are so rare; they come from a hopefulness in Lynn that seems to have died. It seems to me that she simply can’t believe in the sweetness and light that produced the warm, fuzzy stuff that people talk about when they want to explain why they started out loving the strip. Worse, the negativity that permeates the strip bleeds into the nice material; we know too much about these people to think the good times last five seconds after the warm ending.

Tags: lynn: failed creator, the reload

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