dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elegy for a departed Australian: a look back at Luann.

For those of you who pay attention to such things, the latest plot point (I hesitate to call it a plot twist for reasons I'm about to get to) is that the latest stand-in for the departed Aaron Hill has been forced to leave the strip forever. Those who haven't really been paying too close attention to the proceedings haven't quite cottoned on to the fact that Quill's departure was an inevitability and thus marvel at what isn't actually a plot twist at all.

This is because they either can't or won't see that he and his predecessors served much the same purpose as Paul Wright, Eric Chamberlain and Warren Blackwood do in the Foobiverse. What they are are handsome-but-unreliable faces whose function is to tempt Luann away from doing right by her parents and marrying a sunken-chested, imbecilic, morose waste of flesh who, like Anthony, is also an author insert.

The same need for her to immolate herself on the pyre of gratitude to parents who only stir themselves to acknowledge her existence when she does something to displease them exercises Evans and Johnston. The only blessing is that since Evans moves so slowly, the plodding, horrifying inevitability of her admitting that yes, love is marrying a loutish clone of her grinning dickweed numbskull of a father will probably take place about the same time that William T Riker thinks to himself "Maybe the crew would take me more seriously if I grew a beard."
Tags: i can't believe it's not tiffany.

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