22. Teenage Anakin Skywalker vs Wesley Crusher
The absolute worst thing about the prequel trilogy was not in fact Jar Jar Binks…I know, sounds crazy. But, there was a far more sinister and whiny force at work, and that was teenage Anakin Skywalker. I don’t blame Hayden Christensen’s acting…not one bit, because I blame George Lucas (praise his name) for allowing Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One to bring balance to the Force, to be a whiny little crybaby. And to top it all off, teenage Anakin makes Attack of the Clones one big uncomfortable creeper fest, as he basically forces himself on Padme. No, I do not like the way teenage Anakin was written.
Anakin’s counterpart has to be young Wesley Crusher. What is with the multicolored reading rainbow top? Again, this is not a knock against the actor, because Wil Wheaton has done more for nerdom that just about anybody, but good God, that Wesley Crusher was just annoying. No Wesley, you can’t drive the Enterprise. No Wesley, you can’t use the Holodeck by yourself. No Wesley, you can’t use the transporter to go to the bathroom just to see where it goes. Wesley Crusher was the worst. I don’t care that he was considered a prodigy or that his mom was probably “dating” Picard…he was just awful.
Winner: Teenage Anakin, because I would rather listen to Anakin whine about his love for Padme, than watch Wesley Crusher try and boss an away team of scientists around, when it’s clear that none of them even like him.
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