Is Jonathan a jerk?
Jonathan reminds me of the loner "nice guy"I thought I was back in high school when really I was a super judgemental prick. His verbal takedown of Nancy in Season 1 is hot trash. It's all predicated on the idea that he's somehow better than her. I'm down with liking Vonnegut and staying home and I'm pretty antisocial, but there's nothing especially noble about it. It's good to challenge your routing once in a while. And sure, Nancy's dad in particular is a boring mess of a person, but it's not like you can't marry a Steve and have a good interesting life. I've seen rich douches from high school become better people, and Holden Caufield types become increasingly insufferable. Not to say that's the general pattern, just that it goes all directions.
I remember my own thought process back then, and it wasn't good. Cynical, judgemental, thought I had it figured out while everyone else was a poser or an asshole. I don't think I came out of it fully until I was in my mid-30's, and came to realize there's a lot I didn't know. I think being picked on can strengthen you in some ways, but it can also lock you into an adversarial and unforgiving frame of mind.
Could be I'm projecting my own past dissatisfaction with myself, but a lot of his dialogue resonates in an irritating way.
I'm only 2 episodes into Season 2 and Jim's comments on the podcast got me thinking about this again.