I kinda hated Dawson’s Creek when it started, because it was such a cheesy teenage serie with sugary songs, and mostly because it showed one of the most irritating characters of all time: Dawson Leery is a racist, moron douchebag with limited horizons who sets his standards on childish and self-centered fantasies, demanding others to deal with them and adapt; and everytime Bambi-Joey is following him like an old-fashioned, subordinate woman. Within the soulmate crap, even when he’s just an asshole she sneaks into his room and asks for forgiveness, because she is the earth and he is the sun. Honestly, the only good thing coming from Dawson Leery is
the crying.gif (forever worshipping AMEN).
But the truth is, Dawson’s Creek gave us Pacey Witter.
There was this naive show with unrealistic dialogs that was bound to end, in authors’ mind, just as it started, with Forehead-Dawson and Joey together. And then, Pacey happened.
He was supposed to be nothing more than a sidekick, the clown friend (I hate his Italian dubbing, btw)with hawaiian shirts and brilliant sarcasm for a bunch of funny scenes, instead he grew and grew and at some point he totally and forever overshadowed Dawson [cit], stealing both the crown and the girl from the hero of the story: I love the fact that it was not planned, it wasn’t another of those current shows where roles are fixed on a) the heartbreaking triangle between handsome brothers or b) the predictable conversion of the hot bad guy who’s actually soft-hearted. While authors were experimenting, Dawson’s Creek became Pacey’s Creek, screwing up generations of girls with unrealistic and irrational expectations of men because of him. And after all the boring stuff with Dawson, they infamously made us believe that Pacey was the reality after the teenage dream, that the way he looked at her and cared about her could actually exsist out of a Jane Austen book.
Now - we could spend hours talking about the honest qualities of a naive TV show, claiming that former teenage series like Dawson’s Creek, Buffy or Gilmore Girls, with all their limits (well, wait! Gilmore Girls is actually flawless - and Buffy lives near there) are way better than their predictable and caricatural 00s children.. But the truth is Spike and Pacey ruined our lives and standards forever. Even McDreamy is perhaps less dangerous, since he’s already the knight in shiny armor, without the fulfillment of the beloved Red Cross nurse path.
Year by year, they hit us with unforgivable scenes. Pacey’s Creek was a steady trickle of You bought me a wall scenes, Ask me to stay murals, I remember everything dances, Beloved-watching country fireplaces and This is about how you carried my bag speeches. So, at some point you just started to ignore Dawson, only focusing on Pacey moments and ending up ten years later (Happy Birthday Fra!) ashamed to confess you’re actually gonna watch Fringe just to see how’s Pacey doing but, what can I say. I regret nothing.