Been a while since I've made one of these, and I decided to tackle one of the most controversial issues ever to occur in the series.
By now I think most of you realize just how terrible All-Stars was. There are more reasons as to why it sucked than there are seconds in the opening (no seriously there's only 20 seconds). I really don't think I need to go into that again, you can just check any one of the thousand or so blogs already made for that purpose.
However, the one giant atrocity that towers above everything else is of course, “The Reset Button”. At the center of all this is everyone's least favorite character, Mike. He was already fairly hated back in Revenge of the Island, but at that stage he had a mix of fans and haters who waged flame wars. Then along comes the reset button, and he becomes cemented as the most-hated character of all time. In the most hated scene, of the most hated episode of the season (or possibly the series), Mike and his personalities find the big red button which they press and "cures" Mike of his disorder. Needless to say it caused uproar across the fanbase, and it got compared with one giant slap in the face to people who suffered real life mental disorders, who still have to live with this burden day-in and day-out.
Take a look at this Facebook post from a while back to get an idea of what I'm talking about: https://www.facebook.com/thefreshchannel/posts/10152161018323147?comment_id=29492635&offset=0&total_comments=4#
So what's to be done about him? The obvious solution which most people have gone for is, to never have him return again. And that's a completely understandable judgement. However I'm not sure it's the be-all end-all solution. A huge part of the reason as to why this scene received so much uproar is, it sends out the false message to young kids that you can “cure” a mental disorder with the push of a button. So what Fresh needs to do is finally admit their error, and being a cartoon is not a good enough reason to portray a real life mental disorder in such a manner. While having Mike never return, may prevent him from doing any further damage, it doesn't remove the deep stain that he's already left on the series.
Only Mike himself is the one who can repair the damage that he has done, so I feel he needs to return one last time. For a start, they need to establish the reset button wasn't real (perhaps a panic induced hallucination inside Mike's mind).
I’m not saying he should make it far. For that matter he doesn't even have to be a contestant. He just needs to make one final return, to amend that unforgivable mistake, and we never have to hear from him again.
Upon returning, Mike is shown to not have been freed from his condition at all. Then someone (probably Zoey), goes and asks "I thought you had already cured of your Multiple Personalities".
Not that hard to imagine since she's already begun her sentences with the same words at least on two separate occasions:
- In Suckers Punched she says to Cameron “I thought you were over your fear of spiders.”
- In The Obsta-Kill Kourse she said “I thought Mike couldn't access his other personalities.”
Back to the scene. Mike can then explain that it didn't actually happen by saying: "Actually, turns out mental disorder don't work that way. I wasn't actually cured at all and am now seeking psychiatric therapy, the appropriate treatment for people like me."
With such a scene, this will final send out a clear-cut message to all the viewers of their mistake, and they respect all those unfortunate enough to have a mental condition.
Thank you for reading my blog. Please comment your thoughts, I’d love to hear your opinions on this.