Personally I don’t mind if Thomas is still mostly a scheming bastard. That’s the Thomas I was first interested in, after all. He’ll still be a complicated character with layers underneath all that.
And well. I understand wanting to see him grow and become better, but I never thought he’d actually do a complete turn and be “on the side of the angels” as they say. Truth is it’s kind of in Thomas’ personality to be kind of a dick.
Heh, maybe I’m lucky that I’ve seen with my own eyes multiple people in real life who were complete arses yet became much kinder after being exposed to the of kindness of others — and/or trauma. And I’d been bullied by in middle school who became my friends my senior year of high school. :) I’m a firm believer that personalities can change. (Well, except maybe serial killers and terrortists.)
Even without witnessing such things with my own eyes, I *have* to believe that people can learn and change for the better. I think the world sucks because we’ve convinced ourselves it can’t be a good place. So for me, one of the most important things storytelling can do is convince us it *can* be a good place, people can change (otherwise prisons would be a bit of a waste, eh?).
I guess that makes me a little crazy, getting so wrapped up in fictional characters and taking how they’re handled so personally, but storytelling is my life — particularly redemption stories. :)I readily admit that it’s a deep personal obsession. XD
And yet I’m not demanding a complete turnaround either (though I wouldnlt say no to it — Topher, my fave character in Dollhouse, made a pretty thorough life-change, and it’s one of my fave series ever). For me, the X-mas special showed the perfect Thomas — he still had his snark, and world-weariness at times, even arguably his vanity, but he was also generous, helpful, easy-going, and even kind, even if it could be argued to be a bit self-serving (i.e., attempting to buy people’s affections). It was going in a great direction for exactly the sort of story that’s my bread and butter — but what he described sounds like pretty much the opposite. Noit that Fellows owes me anything, but I’d *feel* cheated if my concerns are justified. The idea of Thomas not being grateful and still being a jerk in general sounds rather depressing. :/ I do hope I’m mis-reading it, but if I’m not, well, I hope others like it, I guess. :/
Sorry for the length, but get me started and I philosophise till the cows come home. XD