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Felicity is a top five show out of the UPN/WB/CW era of teen angst television. Out of all those shows, it deals with the most realism and authenticity, therefore, it is the least melodramatic show of its class. The character Sean is one of the few exaggerated aspects of this show. He is a budding entrepreneur. (An example of someone fully embracing the idea of the “American Dream” and buying into the possibilities of this capitalist empire. He is an example a man working hard for what he hopes to achieve [take that liberals…maybe I’m reading to much into the character].) His main shtick on the show other than being the lovable, clumsy guy is that he is constantly coming with absurd ideas in hopes one of them hits. Examples of a few ideas are flavored pen caps, the sock-shirt and shoe jackets. Here are some ideas I came up with for Sean.

Sean holding and explaining one of his inventions.
Sean holding and explaining one of his inventions.

Magnetic Sponge

Bacon Lettuce

Sharpenable Pens

Erasable Marker

Music Playing Frying Pan

Peppermint-Flavored Water

Sweet Smelling Laundry Detergent

Erasing Mechanical Sharpener

Hoodie with only Inner Zippers

T-Shirt with Scented Armpits

Desk with Attached Fan

Soda by using tea-like bags

Stores that only sell writing utensil

Well, I’m done after only twelve ideas. If this appears pointless, that’s the point (haha, get it). The character is a pointless add-on, but at times these are the best characters since they don’t have the problem of carrying the weight of the show or having to be more conventional than ancillary characters in order to maintain the show’s focus. (This brings up other instances of great characters that were add-ons to varying degrees. For example, how much did The Wire really need Omar especially in comparison to the importance of Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty? Or how vital are Joan and Roger to Mad Men? Darius from Atlanta is in contention to be added to this list very soon.) The WB era is surely missed. (Even though I wasn’t alive for most of it.)

Image of Darius, a contender to be the on the short list of great non vital characters.
Image of Darius, a contender to be the on the short list of great non vital characters.

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