Despite 2011 not quite being over, BuddyTV has released a list of "instant classic" characters from TV in 2011. One of the most recent additions to "House," Dr. Chi Park (Charlyne Yi) just happened to sneak in on the list at number 20. There were only 20 characters in the list including those from other popular shows such as "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Game of Thrones." The question is does Chi really have instant classic potential?
Chi as a classic character
Dr. Park is a bit conflicted as far as personality archetypes go. "House" has cast her as this awkward, intelligent, blunt, moral, manipulating, confident doctor with daddy issues, who also lacks confidence somehow at the same time. There are several adjectives in that description that just don't jive. BuddyTV praises her for her goofy appearance, cunning manipulative tactics and stand-up attitude, but the latter two are often seen on "House" in past and present characters. Awkward nerdy appearances are also on the rise in mainstream TV. When push comes to shove, there isn't really anything particularly new or outstanding about Chi Park as a character that could possibly make her an instant classic. She is a stereotypical Asian girl with a bad haircut and a confused personality profile.
Chi as a character on "House"
Dr. Park may not be anywhere near interesting enough to become a classic character, but she does make a decent addition to the "House" cast itself. The majority of female regulars on the show are attractive and run down two main personality profiles: "Cameron" and "Cuddy." They are either bleeding hearts that House regularly squishes, or powerful women who lead promiscuous and full lives that House still squishes. Chi, on the other hand, is intentionally cast as a less-than-lovely, more ordinary female member of the team, much like Taub but without the adulterous ways.
Chi: Yay or Nay?
In the end Chi works out fine as a character, though her success hinges on the ability of "House" writers to find out who she really is and stick with it rather than making her character seem as if she has multiple personalities. Classic character? Not a chance. Potential to be a great addition to the show? Definitely.
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