I laugh at the “Pampered Disney guest stars” comment—reflecting back they do seem a little pampered, don’t they. But I am not upset at Disney for the requirements they put on the show because if It weren’t for the Disney channel airing RTA those many years ago, I may never had seen it or know it existed.Timothy wrote:In my opinion, it was more respectable for Gus to work in the fishing/shipping industry, one of the biggest industries next to agriculture on PEI, than as a "fumbling" bellhop, catering to the demands of the pampered Disney guest stars.
Timothy wrote:I think it's important for characters to develop and grow throughout the series; but some character development goes against the nature of the character and I think this was the case with Gus working at the White Sands. Felix's character benefited from working at the hotel. The character had business aspirations and could come up with schemes like turning the King farm house into a lodge in Total Eclipse. Felix's character was suited for this, while I think Gus Pike's character was at a disadvantage. I got the impression that it just wasn't him.
On a realistic level, the White Sands was a nice job at the time with a good boss and clean working environment. But for dramatic television, I would rather see a rebellious Gus fighting against the corrupt greedy bossman McCorkndale.
Timothy and Shelly nailed it in these comments. For Felix, the hotel was the perfect setting to develop his character. Through the whole series it is clear that Felix doesn’t want to be a farmer. The hotel gives him an outlet to discover what he wants to do with his life. Gus Pike is at the hotel to please other people--Felicity and her family (Hetty included). Except for in Otherwise engaged, the writers assumed that Gus Pike was happy with his job. I don’t think he would be. If Writers had shown Gus more dissatisfied with the job or him looking for employment elsewhere—I would accept Gus working at the hotel better. When Gus Pike left at the end of otherwise engaged, it fit perfectly with his character. He wasn’t getting Felicity and so he had no reason to stay.Shelly wrote:Gus and Felix were, very much, like brothers. Aside from school, having them work together gave them another chance to interact, and without Sara and Felicity's company. Also, if Felix didn't end up working at the White Sands, he also wouldn't have had Simon Tremayne as a mentor/secondary father figure, nor would he have learned he had a knack for the hospitality business.
I think Gus Pike was a very bright fellow but sometimes the writers played on his “uneducated” status too much and made him look dumber then he was.
Good point! Felicity won’t want to date someone who smelled like fish. For that reason alone (regardless of pay), Gus would have looked for other employment.hannikan wrote:I think it made sense for Gus's character to work in a place where he would not be embarrassed of smelling like fish. It made sense both because he wanted to court Felicity who was a bit squeamish about things like that and because he wanted to impress Hetty (and by extension the whole community). I think the latter is a very important point because as early as Aunt Hetty's Ordeal Gus wanted to become a gentleman. That was really his main goal.
Gus Pike did wanted to be a gentleman and have a family. Those two core traits stayed with him through-out the whole series.
I am still dissatisfied by the Gus Pike working at the hotel but with the hotel being a central place in RTA later seasons, I can’t come up with another job that Gus Pike would have been happy with. I agree with Timothy statement-- “some character development goes against the nature of the character and I think this was the case with Gus working at the White Sands.”