Tony being Santa.
A while ago, I mentioned that a big part of why I’m so attached to Barnaby as a character is because he’s a realistic portrayal of a survivor of childhood trauma and emotional abuse, both of which I’ve gone through myself. I’ve also said that I wanted to write a ten-page essay on why Maverick and Barnaby are a fantastic and tasteful depiction of the relationship between an emotional abuser and their victim. Okay, it isn’t exactly a ten-page essay, but I really want to talk about that because it’s seriously one of the best examples I’ve ever seen, and just one of many examples of the subtle but thorough execution of plots and backgrounds in this series. To (try to) keep myself from going off on tangents, I’m just going to reference examples of what I mean.
(Please note that this post discusses the details of emotional abuse and if that is upsetting to you then please scroll on I don’t want to upset anybody!!!)