Usually when a kid goes and hangs around with worse friends than they already have, there’s a pretty clear reason if you look for it, and it sounds like they failed to provide one here. Like, I’ve seen the death of a relative do it, but that’s always been because the new group provided something the old didn’t like:
Drugs/sex/thrills/prestige etc. - the cheapest reason but it’s a reason.
They don’t try and fix things or help the person, unlike the previous friends (when you’re young and suffering sometimes that can make it worse - or you can think it can).
Provides and supports an alternative world-view that makes more sense (whether it’s religious, nihilistic or whatever)
New friends don’t remind the person of “the time before” and don’t try and pry into “the time before”.
It sounds like none of those are really the case except maybe 4, and I suspect that in trying to avoid obvious narratives they may have, ironically, come up with an implausible narrative. Generation-wise people who are 16 or so in 1980 are technically Boomers which is kind of hilarious, because it’s clearly not the intended read, which is Gen X, and the whole narrative sounds very Gen X.
In ER her character was, as I remember it, just a real annoyance, who appeared quite late in proceedings and then was just a jerk to pretty much everyone, disrupted relationships and generally seemed punch-able. Her character was described as “free-spirited” and if you look at 1990s and 2000s dramas, there’s a pretty much 1:1 correlation between someone being “free-spirited” and being a wanker. She was one of those characters where it seemed like the showrunners thought they were awesome, but in fact they were really grating (this is pretty rare nowadays for whatever reason).
I’m still staggered by the fact that ER ran until 2009, and looking at ER stuff I clearly watched at least some of those seasons/episodes. This is like some Mandela effect shit. If you’d asked me when ER ended, I would have said “2002” or something. But not only was it still going, her character wasn’t added until 2003, and I know I watched enough of it to get really annoyed with them. When did House run? I always thought of it as cleanly after ER - nope - I see it was 2004-2012, so crossed over a lot, time-wise.
I finished watching the last season of Clone Wars, and the last two episodes were particularly good, I have to admit.
Disney+ though, man, that is a very rubbish way to find stuff to watch. It’s spectacularly rubbish. It has four main problems that make it feel like complete rubbish:
- It doesn’t show you everything it has unless you search. This may be a bit hard to explain, but basically both movies and shows are sometimes randomly absent from sliders or collections where you’d be pretty sure you’d find them. Like Ant-man and Wasp being absent from Marvel Cinematic Universe listings. Except, after I’d watched it, it did appear there. There’s no function to hide or dismiss things, so I know it wasn’t that, and it’s not the first time it’s done this. So that’s pretty flake-y.
So despite them having a lot of amazing stuff you might not expect them to have, the ability to actually notice that its there is extremely unreliable.
Sometimes it lets you skip intros or automatically skips outros/credits and sometimes it doesn’t. If this was only on older material that it was an issue, this would be fine, but randomly on some new stuff you can, other new stuff you can’t. With the Mandalorian, for example, you can’t do either, and I’m not sure it even auto-plays the next episode (which all feels kind of like padding, honestly). But Clone Wars: The Final Season, made by the same showrunner, released around the same time, also Disney+ only, has all that! Why?!
The auto-play next episode breaks fairly often on pretty much everything. No idea why that is.
Most incredibly annoying of all, it doesn’t have any kind of “Continue watching” list. So you wanna watch something? You better remember what it was and go find it again. That’s pretty wild for 2020, frankly. It usually remembers where you were at least. Usually.