Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: It came to me in a dream...
From: abbott@mobius.ACA.MCC.COM (Jeff Abbott)
Date: 1990-12-14, 09:06
Reply-to: abbott@mobius.UUCP (Jeff Abbott)

In article <> writes:
> >I still think James was a self-centered yahoo for leaving Donna alone.
> >Remember the reaction of the town after Laura's body was found?
> >Curfews and paranoia were the order of the day.  James finds out Maddy
> >was killed and leaves his ostensible true love crying in the woods,
> >pleading with him not to leave.  If he cares enough about his friends
> >to freak out over their demise, he should also care enough about Donna
> >to take her to a safe place.  I think the scene was another opportunity
> >for the writers to show us poor James, trapped in a world he never
> >made. It didn't ring true, at least in the eyes of this beholder.

James is the perfect example of a character than has stagnated
rather than grown. The writers have done nothing with him, except
for making him into a bumbling Hardy Boy and putting him into a 
predictable triangle with Donna and Maddy. I don't think the writers
have a clue as to what to do with him. Compare his stagnation with
the growth in the past two seasons of characters like Cooper,
Catherine, and Audrey. His leaving Donna in the woods was the
ultimate, in my opinion, of mishandling a character.

IMHO, the writers should either nuke James or give him a 
completely new storyline, sans Donna, that will make something
of his character (perhaps something involving his abusive
mother, if James Marshall can carry the heavier acting weight).

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