I am doing that thing where I make myself sad because Trent and Daria. Anyway. While watching this scene, I thought it was interesting that the conversation they had doesn’t suggest ‘never will we get together ever’. Rather, we don’t understand each other; there is growth. Development. More to be understood. Ultimately, I don’t see this as an ‘end’ to their potential. And I’m sick of people saying if I ship Trent and Daria, I wasn’t really watching the show.
If Daria can learn to be more social, accepting (even in her own reluctant manner), why is it so unreasonable for Trent to become more self-aware. There’s a hundred different potentials for stories, whether it’s family related, or with his band. There was a proposed script for Mystik Spiral’s show, and Trent was shown as responsible. He got them gigs, he kept the guys in line.
In this scene, I don’t know. The body language is really interesting. He’s forward, interested, apologetic. He bought them pizza. He listens, he allows her to prod at him. But he doesn’t up and change himself, or grovel. What’s there is there, and if that’s a problem, that sucks but… Trent isn’t going to change, in as much as Daria isn’t going to change. And then Jane and Tom turn up, and he sits back, pulls his body language back. But then when they leave, he opts to kiss her on the cheek goodbye.
If they didn’t want people to ship this, he could have just said goodbye and left. There was no reason for him to kiss her on the cheek. I don’t… How… I get ‘a wink’ to the shipping audience, but even ten (or more) years later, people still ship Daria and Trent. There had to be something there, more than just ‘he’s hot’. Daria grows so much because of her interactions with him, and he develops in his own way.
Jane and Trent are just as bad as each other in this episode, but people rag on Jane being a slacker. Jane pulls her work together by the end of the episode, but neglects to realize Daria is working hard. Daria, on the other hand, is so distracted by her dislike of Tom that she fails to realize how hostile she’s being. Trent ‘forgot’ about an audition, speaking to Daria. Another thing I just noticed, Daria has so many open conversations with Trent, and because of it, she comes to important realizations. There’s Misery Chick, Lane Miserables, That Was Then, This Is Dumb, Road Worrier, both of the movies...
Maybe Trent isn’t motivated, but he helped Daria more than Tom ever did. :l
TL;DR: Bang. Please.