Actually there's nothing wrong with this. That's called gray morality and its the basis of our life.
However there are SEVERAl factors that the show needs to get right before it can even try to pull that shit off:
There HAS to be a sense of in-universe understanding whether character's actions are right or wrong. Redemption has a lot to do with how other characters perceive the said cahracter.
There HAS to be a line the said character to be redeemed does not want to cross.
There HAS to be a progression in redemption instead of the character being stuck as a revolving door - doing fucked up shit one moment and then repenting the next. That's not "redemptive badboy" thats psychopathy.
The character to be redeemed should have SOMETHING about him beyond his "wah wah I am bad mode".
Its actually very good idea to have your "positive" characters make bad or "evil" decisions and your "negative" villains to make good decisions. It blurs the lines, makes plot more unpredictable, but yet again that relies ENTIRELY on the moral sense of the show - the actions taken have to be perceived as such in order for any sort of moral alignment to matter in anyway.
TVD fails in all of that.
I did not say there was something wrong with this idea, I just meant that I don't like that almost all modern tv shows apply sort-off the same formula with it.....plus I still believe that not every character can be or should be redeemed.
Posted 3/4/2013 1:31:31 PM #