Depending on who you talk to, Salad Works either charges too much or is just awful. Not exactly known for my food related choices at the moment, I like it just fine. I also like the bar, and by that I mean the bar they have at the front of the store that you can sit and watch traffic pass by. I don’t do it often, but it puts me in a good head-space.
I started thinking about how I was once called a unicorn by a friend. Not sure if it was a compliment or insult, the decision was to go with the former and I remember her smiling. Now that description, based on my understanding that it simply means someone who is unique, is accurate for any number of reasons, but this is a short post and not a tell all. (Though take it from an insomniac, it could help cure that!)
Let’s be honesty, everyone is in their own way. And though not intentional, the same can be said for the characters of TAIM, whether main or reoccurring. This goes without saying for any series or show out there. Sometimes it’s done for shock value, sometimes just to be unique, and it doesn’t always hit the right note. But this isn’t a critique on those examples, but a belief in what these characters really can do.
Having written a good amount of content, another friend was surprised at the number of episodes; as he knows other writers who will write a pilot and then go onto the next project. (You don’t have to go far into this site to see another one of mine.) Having done that myself with other series and concepts, it became apparent early on the potential with these characters and plots… Especially that once everything was put together, how a lot of these episodes \ scripts wrote themselves.
Take Blake and his party boy status. Where that reputation is deserved in every way, he also finds himself wondering about more stable avenues that could have been. Where Niles comes off as uptight and hyper, he also tends to have passions people wouldn’t associate with those observable characteristics. Valerie’s self hating streak that sometimes manifests itself in drinking and bad romantic choices, goes against her internal desire for calm and simple.
Sierra is the newbie with a tick, having lived a spoiled life but never feeling entitled, few truly believing her. And EMH is the burnt out with a heart, who only wishes to help people but can’t do so in any normal way.
However, sometimes what you see is what you get. Jenna really is serious regarding her motivation in wanting to buy out \ work with TAIM, based in part as what she sees within each of them and their unknown abilities. Veronica really is a genuine and passionate individual, helping those through her job as a CHP officer, having learned from a time when she wasn’t as healthy body mind and soul. And Stan really does embrace all the negatives associated with being a prick, and easily admits it with an arrogant smile.
With more examples spanning multiple seasons, you can bet the above is only scratching the surface. Personally, I can’t wait to see if those unicorns can fly! (Wait, they fly right, or am I thinking of sprites?)