dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The great resetting.....

As we all know, the strip relies on its characters behaving consistently; to that end, John has to be an insensitive clod who witlessly gets in the way of Elly's wants and needs, Elly is the put-upon, undervalued glue that binds the gears of the family together, Mike is an attention-seeking annoyance who doesn't know where he leaves off and the world begins, Liz is a clingy pain who feels overshadowed by her ugly brother and April is weird. To really have them learn from the past would mean that the fanbase could not recognize them and Lynn would have to think up new punchlines for them. The problem with the needed snap-back is that they are also supposedly real people in a realistic world; it is next to impossible to contemplate being in the presence of people that freaking weird that they cannot seem to learn from their mistakes. A case in point was recently called to my attention: in it, we see John reeling from what happened to April and trying to reassure her that she was not to blame for the day's events. He did good that day but he then tried to live his wisdom; the look on Elly's face tells us that she's already purged the near-drowning from her consciousness and conscience in the name of harmony and peace. It's a negative sort of peace that not only makes her and her brood look like oblivious jerks, it makes them look hateful to boot. 
Tags: one big oblivious family

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