Jake Sisko - Completely Unlikeable

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by spinagogue, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. STEPhon IT

    STEPhon IT Commodore Commodore

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    His ambition was to continue his support for his father who he loved very much. Help tutor his close friend Nog in school work so he doesn't fail. Building a subspace transceiver and having an interest in science. Still would've been nice to see that fulfill and had writing as a hobby. Jake never had to be Wesley, who I thought was not a bad character -- a kind of Will Robinson-ish but not bad, but there's more to the character which could've been explored. It didn't have to be Starfleet, it could've been Bajor related or something more. Ok, he's a writer, make something more, make it interesting, but I guess the showrunners' path for Jake was a course of making him completely unlikeable which was the genesis of this thread.
     
  2. DonIago

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    Except the number of people who find Jake completely unlikeable seems to be a significant minority.
     
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  3. Bad Thoughts

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    His ambition was to be subservient to his father? That seems like a recipe for a dull, unremarkable life that ends in frustration. I don't write fiction, but shouldn't Jake have his own motivations, things that don't reference someone else.
     
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  4. dupersuper

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    One of his ambitions was to score with dabo girls...
     
  5. Oddish

    Oddish Commodore Fleet Captain

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    Like every heterosexual teenage male on the station, I wager. Quark didn't hire them for their business sense.
     
  6. STEPhon IT

    STEPhon IT Commodore Commodore

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    LOL! I really wanted to see more of Mardah. Jake had a way of seeing more in people than his father once did; I loved that perspective of this character.

    Jake's personal motivations should have some reflection of that series, which could've but instead of making this aspect work for the tales told - he was placed in a corner. After the episode "The Muse", that was a starting point for Jake to be Ernest Hemmingway in outer space but it was never explored. If there was something to explore for Jake being a writer it wasn't done in a manner where he had any relevance.

    I enjoyed the Father and Son story and how the son branches off to doing other things and how it molds their world but the perspectives would differ as events occur and the boy grows into a man. Jake's growth as a character was stunted when he became a writer.