I don’t think I want Chris dates anymore.
He’s not annoyingly perfect. He has a fatal flaw.
I haven’t finished the newest Chris date, but I’m pretty close. And even if things turn out okay in the end (either now or in the next date), I don’t think he is the kind of person I want to my MC to date (or I want to date, for that matter).
Edit: I finished it. As expected, Megan is a bitch. Keegan is a bitch. And of course, Chris won’t let me explain. Huh.
You see, Chris might appear perfect. He’s nice, charming, popular and really spoils the MC. However, as Keegan said, he’s never struggled. He’s always been loved by those around him. He made it big pretty quick, because of his looks. And so, he doesn’t really take responsibility for anything, because he’s never had to.
Remember the hearing, when the MC needed a third person to vouch for them. It was obvious that Anders and Bianca would refuse, but Chris had claimed he would be the MC’s friend. Instead, he just shrugs and says something like “Sorry, we haven’t really worked together and that Priya woman seems really scary. We should really work together soon, okay?”. Since Lisa’s video was shot in his house (and in my MC’s case, he even appeared in the video), there could have been a way for him to say some nice words about the MC, something among the lines of creativity or professionalism. He could have at least appeared at the hearing, to show his support as a friend. Heck, if someone as secluded as Holly wanted to back up the MC, why would “their best friend” miss out on it? Chris was pretty much, “sorry, it’s out of my comfort zone”.
But while this could have been an isolated incident, the whole Megan deal made me change my mind about him. There were times when Megan was directly jabbing at the MC, the two pretty much bickering, and I was surprised to read that Chris was just standing there, doing nothing.
Like, how oblivious can he be? How the fuck does he expect to become a good actor if he can’t read a situation this obvious? How can he not realize (or not care) how uncomfortable the MC is around Megan?
It’s not a matter of jealousy. It’s a matter of stepping up for your loved one, since Megan is not just flirting, she’s being downright mean. He never calls her on and he keeps on being best buddies with her, despite her not being a supporting friend and constantly trying to humiliate the MC.
And he has no excuse to not know, either. In Thailand, the MC actually told him about Megan being two-faced around him, and he was all like “Oh, it doesn’t seem like her. Not cool. I love you”. All talk, nothing happened. The MC still has to stand up for themselves, as he does nothing. As he pushes back all kind of discussion because he doesn’t want to ruin the moment, because it bothers him. Like talking about Keegan, or his life in Italy.
What if the same thing happened with Chris’ ex-wife? Chris called her a “bitter soul”, unable to enjoy herself without complaining. But that’s just Chris’ side. What if she was sick of him being so oblivious to things going wrong? What if she wanted to say something serious, only to have him silence her because he didn’t want her to “ruin the moment”, ever? It would seem like a plausible reason for divorce: his ignorance took a toll on her, and he didn’t want to be around someone who was so “grumpy”. And think this very lack of responsibility (and communication) could lead to a break up with the MC as well.
And it’s not like there is no one to compare him to. Think about Ethan. During his first date, he said that he would treat the MC right, and he really does. When Zoe flirts with him, he grabs the MC’s hand and overtly states that he’s on a date, stopping Zoe’s advances. Even if you can’t compare the awesome Zoe to Megan, the difference is quite clear. Ethan takes care of the MC, like he said he would. Chris doesn’t.
Also, there is Hunt. He doesn’t sugarcoat things, and it’s really hard to get something positive out of him. But he actually cares for the MC’s well-being and defends them when they need it most. He wants them to succeed, and he’s definitely involved in their evolution. He even comments on the nature of romantic fantasies during his second date, comparing reality to the “perfect” things we see onscreen (perfect, like the relationship with Chris).
Sure, there’s also the ridiculous thing that he’s just so perfect. Everyone admits that he’s perfect and flawless, but that makes him really boring. I didn’t really mind this, until I discovered the fact that he’s also not loyal to the MC. It’s just ridiculous. When Keegan asked the MC what Chris’ struggles were, they talked about the fact that people in his hometown call him “Chris Wizards”. It’s not exactly the worst struggle, since he saved his reputation the second time he did that play, and the townspeople were still quite fond of him. Also, the thing that made him the angriest was that he was bullied in middle school (like most of us were). This basically means that either his adult life went smoothly so far, or he isn’t the most honest person. The only time he was slightly concerned was when he knew he was invited to the Audreys because of the ratings, not because of his skills. And that could have been something, if he was the action star that struggled really hard with his more “serious reputation”, but we don’t get any of that either. So he’s just bland.
All in all, Chris is not only boring, he can’t be bothered to help the MC if it doesn’t involve some simple material favor. Honestly, in the two quests I had with Keegan, I got to know him better than I knew Chris. If I were to continue dating Chris, it would be simply out of completism.