I’ve been rewatching the series and most of the time I absolutely love the show, but let me tell you, there are some really, really irritating characters tucked away, which can generate such a strong facepalm reaction there should be a warning label to remove your glasses in the Netflix summary.
The Skin of Evil
Its speech impediment is so nasty it can hardly be understood. “Bwahahaha, I’m going to kill Tasha Yar!”
“I said I’m going to—”
“Can’t understand a word dude. Sounds like you’ve got a mouth full of motor oil and marbles.”
He looks like a wookie who swam too close to a BP oil rig. A sorry sight yes but not really that threatening.
The core reason he’s irritating though is that he’s too heartless with pointless motivation. I enjoy a villain I can relate to and can feel his or her cause. I can’t sympathize with this guy.
Lieutenant freakin’ Barclay.
This nervous, simpering character needs no explanation. When I see his name on the show summary on Netflix I have to fight my urge to skip it. (I’m rewatching them all dammit!!!) How’d this head-case pass the psych evaluation to get into Star Fleet?
“Let’s see, test shows he’s stark raving nuts with a tendency for lewd holodeck behavior. Let’s put him in charge of something with antimatter.”
Barclay needs to go back to welding armor plating onto semis (If you get that… you’re cool).
Data- “According to our records, the Ferengi throw poo.”
Troy- “It’s a cultural practice we must respect.”
Could we make a villain more irritating? Well… yes, but then I’d definitely start skipping episodes.
Any character who plays a snobby Chopin piece.
Jordi- “Where are you going?”
Dr. Crusher- “I’m heading over to the Rave in 10 Forward. O’Brien’s DJ’ing.”
Sadly this pulls one of my beloved characters (Data) into the mix. He is the only one who gets a pass, but BARELY because isn’t going to a concert by him the equivalent of sitting down to listen to one of those automated Yamaha pianos sew through a few tunes?
“No… HELL no. I’m going to a Q-tip Jitsu match with Riker on Risa.”
If you haven’t seen Q-tip Jitsu, you should study Riker and his father’s fights. The outfits are… while not instilling great respect… are… well… they’re ridiculous.
Dr. Katherine Polaski.
I couldn’t stand the combative nature of this character. Conflict between characters should have grounds in something the audience can identify with. Someone once told me it was just that I didn’t like strong female characters. No, I don’t like rude characters. True strength has little to do with unwarranted brashness. Can you imagine working with her? She’d pronounce your name wrong, and when you corrected her, she’d scan you as she accused you of having a circuit for hurt feelings. Stuff it doc! When Crusher showed back up in season 3 I could have hugged her.
What characters make you groan when they come on screen?
Who’s your favorite?