Lady Calypso September 11, 2016 Share September 11, 2016 So, there's been a lot of discussions about Jess as a character recently and I notice that he doesn't have his own thread. So, I figure now would be an excellent opportunity to start a thread on Jess, the "little punk" with the rough childhood. He's the character that people either love or they absolutely hate, and both are very valid opinions. There's a lot of layers to Jess, more than most characters on the show, but he does seem to go through a lot of changes and by the end of his run (until the revival, at least), he seems to be on a much better path and working toward a healthier future. This is the thread to point out his many, many flaws that make people hate him, but as well as talk about his growth as a character and how his few relationships have shaped him to be better. He's certainly no better than most of the guys on the show, but he's also no worse than a lot of them either. The one thing that seems to stand out is how they give him more than just storylines with his love interest. He's one of the few 'supporting' characters that gets a story of his own, which I think helps to add to him being as much of a character as Luke or Paris. Ultimately, I think that Jess' actions as a teenager were pretty awful. He was definitely a pretty bad boyfriend to Rory for a good chunk of the time that they were dating, and he was not kind to most of the residents in Stars Hollow. He seemed to not be part of the Stars Hollow world nor would he be a part of the "Hartford" world. He belonged in his own place away from Connecticut, and it's good that he got there by the end of his run. He definitely needed to atone more for his actions and behaviours toward many, such as Rory. The one hope I have for the revival is that he will full out apologize to Rory for being a bad boyfriend. Hopefully he's learned that the words "I'm sorry" are not bad to say out loud. But his underrated childhood definitely contributed to a lot of his actions as a teenager before he grew up. His (arguably slightly retconned) mother has been said to be neglectful and a flakey parent for all of Jess' childhood. Her drug use, her consistently awful relationships (with her being on her fourth marriage with TJ), and her inability to raise her son or to even send him to Luke sooner all add to the anger and bitterness that we saw in Jess early on. He never got the love and patience that he deserved, except when it finally came to Luke and Rory. He could have been much worse off if Jess didn't have Luke in his life. The one issue I do have with the Luke/Jess situation in season 4 when Liz comes on the scene is Luke's dismissive attitude about Jess' concerns about Liz. It doesn't help that we don't know much about Liz's past relationships or past behaviour before they softened up her character once they decided to bring her on the show, but it definitely needs to be reminded that Jess was in the right to not want to walk his mother down the aisle or be part of her new life with her new husband. Luke never had to live with Liz after she moved away and had Jess. So the judgment there to make us feel bad for Liz and make Jess accept Liz as a changing woman definitely put me off of the relationship slightly, but not overly so. So I guess I'll stop my ramblings here and ask your opinions of Jess and his many difficult relationships throughout the series. Why do you guys like him? Why do you hate him? Is he any worse than Dean and Logan for Rory? Will he ever put aside his own pride and bitterness to try to fit into either of Rory's worlds, or will he always be an outsider? Just a few questions to consider. 3 Link to comment
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