Originally Posted by spid
The back-stories for both the Doc and the Sgt really helped to flesh out their characters.
A statement like that always throws up warning signals for me.
It's not something you'd see said about shows like Breaking Bad or The Wire or BSG or Dexter or any other truly great shows. As far as I'm concerned, it shouldn't be noticeable when a character's history is being fleshed out. In all of the shows listed above, it's organic, and character development is simply part of the story (The one glaring exception to this rule is Lost but that's a bit different because of the way the story's told to begin with). It's never the
It worked in the Rush episode because it was interwoven with the current plot seamlessly (that episode had other issues but this wasn't one of them). But Greer...it wasn't natural, and it stuck out like a sore thumb (plus he's not a great actor). I'm still watching out of loyalty, but unless it improves immensely, I won't be coming back for season 2.