Recently I have started watching the third series of Dance Academy on Netflix and through this, and through rewatching the first and second, I have decided that Abigail Armstrong is, in fact, my favorite character. Tara is, naturally, our heroine, and Kat is a hot mess, and Ben is just wonderful, and Grace is mildly interesting, and Sammy…. oh god, Sammy….. *
But: Abigail. Abigail Armstrong is the most interesting character on the program. Oddly self-aware for a teen, Abigail is the mean girl you secretly, or not-so-secretly, root for when all the other characters are being insipid or weird or selfish or competent. Abigail is the most normal character, and the most consistent character. She is only sometimes mean just to be mean, mostly she’s mean because she is a straightforward person, no nonsense, brief and to the point. She thinks she’s stupid because she has never explored interests other than ballet, but she’s actually quite intelligent. She has trouble trusting other people after her best friend dropped her for the rebellious life. But she has stayed focused and ambitious. But she isn’t an automaton devoid of feeling. We see Abigail fall in love, we see her open herself up to possibility, we see her reach out and stand up for her friends, and for herself. She doesn’t back down from a challenge, and she doesn’t let setbacks keep her from trying.
I really hope Abigail’s storyline ends well. I’m really rooting for this character. I’ve really enjoyed her story arch, watching her growth as a character, and seeing the lovely Dena Kaplan show us this character and all her depth and dynamics.
*you’ll notice I didn’t mention Christian: Screw Christian, I’m so tired of him and his mopey ways; it’s like book five of Harry Potter, fcuk Harry.