Follow-up Questions (Set #2) with
Glenn Eichler

KW = Kara Wild
GE = You know who

GE: I imagine Quinn would find herself the unhappy recipient of more parental attention from Helen. Helen and Jake would probably go into a deep funk over Daria's departure and what it means to their own impending decrepitude. Jake would try to bond with Quinn and nearly give himself a stroke. Long silences would settle over the house. The days would drag and drag. Then Daria would come home for Columbus Day weekend and everything would be fine.

I'm KIDDING. Reduce the intensity of everything above by 3/4

KW: Heh. I would love to see an episode that featured the above scenarios.

Also, Helen and Jake would be thinking about their soon-to-be empty nest, wouldn't they? I've wondered what that would mean for their relationship, since episodes have shown that they can't really talk to one another and only seem to partner really well when they have sex. A lot of their home life (at least Helen's) revolves around their kids.

GE: I can only speculate... I'll say this: I know of more than one couple who patiently waited for the last kid to leave for college and then immediately started divorce proceedings. But then there are those who really enjoy their marriage post-empty-nest, so who knows.

KW: Other fans would like to know: Were the screen captures at the end of "Is It College Yet?" that depicted the characters' futures (ex. Quinn in the boardroom, Daria and Jane on a talk show) just gags, or did they have any connection to how you saw the characters' lives in the years to come?

GE: They were just for fun. Some were based on the characters' personality traits; some were based on turning those traits upside down; and some, like the talk-show scenario, were about satirizing TV and/or making fun of ourselves.

KW: We once read that you had been given the choice between a six-episode Season Six and a series-ending movie, and obviously you chose the movie. However, some fans felt that Season Five was a bit rushed in its attempt to tie up loose ends, and the series would have benefited from more episodes. If you had chosen to do the six episodes, what would you have done? Would you have covered anything that wasn't covered in "Is It College Yet?"

GE: The reason we didn't do six more was that we had pretty much said what we wanted to and taken the character where we wanted to take her. I felt like we were on the verge of repeating ourselves - so the answer to your question is, If I'd known what to do with six more, I'd have done six more.

KW: Why did you choose to not have Daria make any references to Beavis and Butt-head, or Beavis and Butt-head characters, like Van Driessen? There were various scenes throughout the series (such as Daria talking with Jane about her past in "Boxing Daria"), where an oblique reference to the "two idiots" she used to hang out with would have fit right in.

GE: B&B were very strong characters, with a very specific type of humor and very loyal fans, and of course they were instantly identifiable. I felt that referencing them in Daria, while we were trying to establish the new characters and the different type of humor, ran the risk of setting up false expectations and disappointment in the viewers - which could lead to a negative reaction to the new show and its different tone. So we steered clear of B&B in the early going, and once the new show was established, there was really no need to hearken back to the old one.

KW: Did MTV ever pressure you into making decisions for the series that you wouldn't have made otherwise? Meaning, did they ever force you to "sex up" or tone down any of the episodes? A popular theory in fandom after "Dye! Dye! My Darling" was that MTV came up with the idea for the Daria/Jane/Tom love triangle because they wanted Daria to be more like Dawson's Creek and other "typical" teen shows.

GE: No, MTV didn't pressure us at all after the development process ended and the show premiered. The triangle was my idea, for reasons I explained in the last batch of questions. Believe me, MTV NEVER mistook "Daria" for "Dawson's Creek," and I hope no one else did, either.

GE: Speaking of "not right for each other," I'd just like to state for the record here that as cool and fun as Trent was, any viewer who really thought that Daria and Trent could make a go of a relationship was just not watching the show we were making. Other than physical attraction and the fact that both of them were decent at the core, Daria and Trent could not have had less in common.

KW: I'm a Daria/Ted 'shipper, myself. Well maybe not Ted literally, but someone similar - quirky, full of knowledge, and gentle. Ted had the rare ability to make Daria to question her cynical behavior on her own, rather than do so only after she had been told several times that it was wrong.

GE: I liked Luhrman, myself.

April 20, 2005

Essential DARIA DVD music