The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Consequences of Longing (SPOILERS)

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“The Consequences of Longing” was the most upsetting episode of “Finding Carter” yet.  And that had nothing to do with Lori or even Carter.

In “The Consequences of Longing,” Taylor, Max, and Damon visited a university.  Unsurprisingly, they went to a frat party.  However, at the frat party, Taylor became a target.  She was drugged by the tour guide, who brought her into a bedroom.  The scene shuffled between shots of Taylor’s blurred vision and views of her stumbling around the room.  Seeing the scene from Taylor’s point of view was chilling.  We were able to fully understand how incapacitated she was.  It was absolutely frightening when the aggressor’s face came in and out of focus.  As upsetting as this scene was, I appreciated that the writers wrote it in.  Rape is a serious problem in this country, especially in our universities.  This scene not only raises awareness, but also reaches out to victims, letting them know that they are not alone and that a rapists’ behavior is intolerable.

Carter is starting to get annoying and whiny.  She convinced her parents to let her drop out of high school.  She illegally worked at a bar.  And then, she continued to lie about her age and formed a romantic relationship with a twenty-five year old.  Of course, Elizabeth was upset when she found out Carter’s secret.  But once again, Carter complained that Elizabeth was judgmental and didn’t understand her.  I’m on Elizabeth’s side on this one.  Carter should have stayed in school.  Graduating with a high school diploma is really important in this day and age.  And Carter shouldn’t be working at a bar; she’s only seventeen and can get herself and others seriously in trouble.  She’s risking Jared’s life twice because he employed a minor and is forming a romantic relationship with a minor.  Yet, Carter still claim’s that she’s a misunderstood teenager with good intentions, which is true, but now Carter is starting to become very selfish.  She whines until she gets what she wants, risking other’s livelihoods in the process.  She’s spoiled and full of herself.  I’m sympathizing with her less and less.  Carter’s storylines are starting to get annoying and repetitive.  Each week, Carter fights with her parents (especially Elizabeth) about something unreasonable that she wants.  The writers need to write better storylines for her, especially if they still want me to like her.

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