Posted by Brodie7565 at dialup19ip080.tus.azstarnet.com on June 29, 2000 at 01:36:45:
In Reply to: Can Randal Graves Be Saved? Pray For Him Now... posted by Lucifer Lyndon Razoodock on June 29, 2000 at 01:25:26:
: "Go to Hell, Graves!"--Alyssa Jones ("clerks.(the lost scene)")
: Is there any primary mortal in the Askewniverse as cheerfully and consistently amoral and ignorant as Randal?
: What exactly are Randal's redeeming qualities?
: Yes, he's funny...very funny...and yet he seems to grow more nihilistic, mean and somewhat less intelligent with every appearance.
: The first time Jeff stepped into his shoes, Randal merely seemed to be a bright kid who'd grown entirely too jaded. Truth be told, my companion at the first viewing of "clerks." we attended once upon a time actually cheered Randal's post-beating lambasting of Dante's self-pity. I applauded as well.
: True enough, Randal certainly seemed to dispense some righteous wisdom on a certain whiny, goateed cat who needed a wake-up call (and didn't seem about to take it from the one woman in his life who truly treated him well)...
: Correct me if I'm wrong, but does Randal not seem to be growing more and more despicable?
: About, oh, a hundred years ago when I worked in a video story myself (and "clerks." just arrived as a screener at our store, for those of you who must stick a push-pin into the ole' timeline), so disgusted was he with his job as a package handler and so liberated did he feel by this unassuming independent b-&-w masterpiece, that he started to emulate Randal's behavior (by his own admission, so this is hearsay) in some rather disturbing ways.
: I thought of that when another of ViewAskew's minions made mention of the "Randal Syndrome," the primary symptoms of which I believe that I've just described above...
: Could Randal's disintegration of character have something to do with a hope that he'll grow less appealing a persona to aspire to?
: More importantly, now that we know ViewAskew's world to indeed be blessed with a God worth smiling aboot...is there any hope for Randal or is he destined to...gah, don't really want to think on it...
: Mm, nicotine and Guinness with a dash of Corona makes one thoughtful...
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