Kenny, a foe in my book
Am I the only one who has had it with seeing Kenny in the game's series ? After 5 long episodes, you, the player, is reunited with probably one of the most problematic characters in the whole series. Many things just prove that Kenny is a favourite among the Telltale studios.
There are a number of reasons why he is more of a burden, a nuisance than a helpful companion. Furthermore, he is a self-centered prick, not being able to contain himself, all of his ideas are on the spur of the moment and he does not forget even the one time if you did not back him up during your playthrough. But do not worry yourself, Telltale wrote his character in a way that he will always end up as a heroe
Starting off with Larry and Lilly, a family who was, in fact, more humane than Kenny. Larry was also a major pain in the ass, leaving you for dead after a punch in the face, but our good friend Kenny saves the day by helping us get up. Despite Larry's attitude towards your Lee, you can get on Lilly's good side and eventually on Larry's, however Kenny has to get his way, no matter how much you disagree with him. Larry's head gets smashed no matter who you choose to help, causing a chain of events, making Lilly emotionally unstable, leading to the death of Doug/Carley. I do not exclude Ben from this, playing a large role in breaking the stabillity of the group.
Ah, Ben. For many fans he was one liability, a useless character. His actions were more than stupid, not to speak about leaving Clementine alone on several occasions. Let's put aside Ben's mistakes. Kenny showed that he is a heartless person, not caring that Ben will almost certainly die in the bell tower in Crawford, unless you intervene. No matter what has been done, nobody deserves a fate such as Ben's and it is up to you to decide his fate. I admire Ben, beacuse if he is saved during the escape in Crawford he stood up against Kenny's verbal abusing and reminded him that everyone has suffered from losses. Nevertheless, Telltale Games have to excuse his behavior somehow and later on he becomes the savior of Christa or the defender of Ben.
The same things goes on in Season 2. Sarita is being bitten and is up to your Clementine to decide how to act. Even if you kill the zombie, leaving Sarita with a few hours to live, which you do not witness, after a while when you regroup with the others Kenny blames you ( Clem ) for her death. He repeats his actions, leaving Sarita to suffer, despite her request to be killed before she turns. Familliar ? Kenn Jr., aka Duck much ? Duck did not ask for this, but in his case Kenny also refused to accept that his boy was facing certain death. When you have the conversation in the tent, if you pick the right words Clem almost cries when mentioning Lee to make a bigger impact on Kenny and how does he response? With "I don't need this shit." Kenny totally forgot what Ben told him a while back, to make matter worse Clementine - a little girl who witnessed unspeakable things, did not blame anyone, hardly even offended someone. Kenny can not accept the fact that in that world people die, morever he can not take responsibility.
I must also add his ''briliant'' ideas. #1 Go to Savannah, then get a boat. That is your plan ? No destination, just get a boat and go somewhere unknown? Not to mention the probability of finding an actual boat. Yes, they found one, but it was pure luck. #2 In the truck, when Carver is taking the group to his camp, he ignores all of the requests to stop resisting. Good thing he got hit hard druing a bump before they stopped. #3 I mentioned it before, but it counts here - killing Larry. Yes, you choose wether to help Kenny or Lilly, but you can not argue that Larry was alive and could have been brought back to life. Even if Larry did not survive afterwards, either of much bigger stress or lack of medication, Lilly was not going to go through such a crisis, knowing that he could have been saved.
Furthermore, let me give other examples of the loveable Kenny:
1. Molly saves his life. Later on, in Crawford, when he was trying to open the door to the armory, he says that he does not trust Molly. Lee reminds Kenny that she saved his life. Kenny replies something like this: "Yeah, but what has she done for me lately?"
2. Is a total douche to Luke all the time, despite Luke never doing anything wrong in the first place. After Luke makes some wrong moves, those will just act as an excuse for Kenny to continue to dislike him.
3. Mike gets the same treatment as Luke from Kenny. Insulting someone will never lead to anything good. Okay, Kenny does not trust him, but why does he continue such a behavior to a person who wants the same thing as the rest of the group ?
4. Am I the only one, who noticed during Season 1 that he did not give a flying fuck about Clementine ? Even after the death of his family, he cared more about finding a boat, rather than Clem's wellbeing. If he REALLY cared about Clem, in Around Every Corner he would have comed to Lee's aid, no matter their relationship during your playthrough
5. Brutal murder of Carver. Carver was a psycho, he was way ot ouf the line, however even he did not deserve such a brutal death.
6. Overall he just cares about his loved ones. Do not get me wrong, that is more than normal, however he WILL care about your Lee and Clementine, only if you agree and support him with EVERYTHING he says or does.
To sum it up, I am more than sure that Carver said at least one true thing. Kenneth has a thick fucking skull. He just does not listen to anything. Only his thoughts are the right ones. Anyone who does not agree with him, does not deserve his respect or pitty, the difference is that Kenny is not as brutal as Carver. This all shows what kind of a person is Kenny and to be fair many much more likeable and underdeveloped characters were removed, almost certainly just for the sake of a bigger role for our loyal friend to play. Even worse, in Season 2 there is nothing to indicate that he has grown as a person. Mr. Facial Hair's story is just recycled and can not add to the themes of the game. Adding Lilly to the second season was going to increase the weight on your decissions and thoughts, mostly because of her previous actions. But Kenny has made his return, let us all enjoy his unpredictable, selfish character with his recycled story which, frankly, I can not see what so dramatic. He just had to be in the limelights again, did not he ?
The script is made on purpose for Kenny to survive anything, moreover to redeem himself from every mistake he made.
Season 2 Finale. Damn. To be honest, I was largely disappointed when I played this season, due to the badly written script, pushing away many interesting characters, however this is a different topic for discussion. Kenny, yet again, was in the spotlights, doing what he always does - ending up as the heroe. Firstly, I just want to say how unsurprised I was when Jane showed up at the rest stop without the baby. Everything Jane said since her introduction concerning Kenny was hinting that either she or someone else's actions were going to reveal Kenny's true identity. Her actions were more than risky, which depending on your playthrough could end in her death, but it still proves that Kenny has, in fact, become a psycho murderer. I want to state that I did not approve Jane's doing, however it proved my point. Kenny is a foe.
Let me rewind, earlier in the episode how he continues to treat everyone like garbage. ( Except the baby. Naming the baby Arvin Jr., I just laughed my ass off. Kenny Jr. ? Lack of creative mind. ) Not giving a damn about Luke's condition and afterwards his death. If I have to dwell on it, Kenny was probably relieved that Luke was no longer with the group. Oh wait, he beat up Arvo, so he could avenge Luke ? I think not. Moreover, this deed he thought was more important than keeping Clementine warm. Furthermore, nobody agrees with him that Wellington is a promising destination. Everyone's oppinion overweight his. He got the pickup truck running, yes, but coincidence ? He was the one who HAD to get it running to increase the cheap drama which was going on the whole season.
I have to be honest, in Season 1 I never did like Kenny, but at least his place there was correct. Also what he was going through was something that we, the players, had to cope with or deal with. And it felt interesting. His story should have ended in the alley or in the building. TTG brough him back for what ? To add tension to the cheap drama, trying to make you believe that you deal with themes of trust. Okay, he was here in Season 2. But as I made myself clear in previous points, many new characters which where still not developed to their full potential had to be dropped, just for the sake of Kenny yo be some kind of a new father-Lee figure to Clem, which was not the case. This was insulting, mostly for people who build up realtionships with Nick and Sarah...
You know what, I got tired of this. Episode 5 was the last nail to the franchise's coffin. Kenny was just one of the many reasons of why I started disliking the game.
Screw TTG for Season 2. Made one of the best PaC games ever to be seen and after a while took a huge nasty crap on their own creation. I lost any interest in an eventual Season 3.