12:12 pm - 07/18/2014

'Finding Carter' react: Characters and psychological complexes

As the first season presses on, it becomes more and more clear that every single person on Finding Carter is suffering from varying levels of psychological not-rightness—I won’t go so far as to call them “disorders,” but there are definitely some classic complexes popping up. Every person. All of them. It’s not so hard to believe that they would be afflicted with these issues, what with the family drama and, if we’re being honest here, trauma.
Carter: Persecution Complex

What’s a persecution complex? It stems from a belief that everyone is out to get you. People suffering from a persecution complex are often distrustful and feel as though they’re constantly being watched and judged. Yes, Carter actually is being watched and judged a lot (sucks, but it comes with the territory of being a recovered kidnap victim), but she is really embracing the suck and settling into her role as the rebellious victim. The sass that was understandable in the pilot is already wearing thin as Carter continues to be the personification of teen angst.

Taylor: Inferiority Complex

You can almost hear Taylor’s voice morphing into that of Eeyore. She’s one missing tail away from moving to the Hundred Acre Wood. Carter is the cool twin. She’s the hot twin, the sexy twin, the twin Taylor’s lifelong crush wants to marry and grow old with (or whatever the teenage equivalent is). Taylor is the boring Plain Jane who grew up in a household marked by strict rules, while Carter got to live a life of freedom and fun. And no one is more acutely aware of this than Taylor.

Elizabeth: Superiority Complex

Ah, to truly believe that you’re always right and capable of anything. Such is the life of Elizabeth Wilson, the go-getting cop matriarch of Finding Carter. Elizabeth has spent most of her adult life searching for her daughter Lyndon’s (Carter’s) kidnapper. While I find it a little hard to believe that a frantic and grieving mother would really be allowed to act as the lead detective on a case so close to home, Elizabeth certainly feels up to the task. She’s even showing early hints of an emerging God complex, as she tries her hand at manipulating Carter. This one is a multitasker.

Zac: Burgeoning Martyr Complex

After Lyndon/Carter went missing, the Wilsons had a third … kind of more like second … child: Zac. Zac has grown up feeling like “the replacement child” and is pretty convinced that his family doesn’t care about or even notice him. In fact, a lot of the attention he does seem to get is a response to his claims that no one loves him. I don’t want this to sound like I’m complaining about Zac. I’m not. I love him. He’s easily one of my favorite characters on the show, but he’s a little martyr in the making (“I don’t want you to leave … but I don’t want you to die more.”)

Gabe: Hero Complex

The odds seem good that Gabe is going to get himself hurt or arrested in his quest to find Carter’s kidnapper mom and, in the process, win her heart. He’s a sweet guy, but he knows a sweet guy is the last thing Carter wants right now. Some people would take this little bit of awareness and logic and use it to convince themselves to stop pining after (or at least pursuing) the very clearly emotionally unstable new girl in town. But Gabe is not some people. Instead, Gabe convinces himself that all he has to do is rescue the fair maiden; in this case, “rescue” means reunite her with her abductor, even though that’s wildly illegal and possibly dangerous to said maiden fair.

David: Guilt Complex, Future Tense

David and Carter have a wonderful relationship. This week, she called him “Dad,” for crying out loud. They hug. They go to the farmers’ market. They take selfies. ADORABLE SELFIES.

But he’s also writing a tell-all book about her return—against her explicit wishes— after he promised not to. It kind of makes me hate life, even though aside from this one aspect, I’m not all that invested in the series yet.
And there you have it, the Finding Carter crew broken down in the most Psych 101 way possible. Consider this a marker to hold them against in the future, in case they grow as people and all that jazz.
Did you watch this week’s Finding Carter? What do you think of the show and of the characters? Are they growing on you or totally turning you off? Sound off in the comments below.

lenee91 18th-Jul-2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
the show is interesting enough, but these teens being one step further than the police in this case? fat chance. oh well
enamored 18th-Jul-2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
i like the first episode and the story is fucked up enough that i cant not watch this season
klutzy_girl 18th-Jul-2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
Even though the dad is shady, I still love his and Carter's relationship.

And I know she's got a pretty severe case of Stockholm Syndrome going on, but everyone needs to stop going along with the "Lori is her real mom" thing. THAT ISN'T HELPING ANYTHING.
toastieghostie 18th-Jul-2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
I watched the first episode of this but I never was really into MTV shows because the premises always seem to be 'teens partying and having sex and being irresponsible' which is not something I relate to lol. But anyway I liked it enough to keep watching. I like that the kid from the Fosters is on there playing basically the same character lmao
cranberryfitch 18th-Jul-2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
omg lmao, i was thinking the exact same thing about the fosters dude. he's adorable tho
toastieghostie 18th-Jul-2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
he is tho :)
patentpending 18th-Jul-2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
They fucked this show up by making the lead character the least interesting of the bunch. What she has is typical manic pixie dream girl complex. ~
daddyissues 18th-Jul-2014 12:32 pm (UTC)
this show is hard to watch. everyone's so nasty to the real mum i can't handle it.
cranberryfitch 18th-Jul-2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
mte. no one tries to understand her at all and just paints her as a controlling bitch. it's ridiculous
notoriousreign 18th-Jul-2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ikr the woman had a child taken away from her and wants to catch the person who did that to her and everyone paints her as a bitch for it like... ???
idontwannago55 18th-Jul-2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm loving this show

And I love the opening credits, too (but the full song is annoying)

But like, I feel like they were way too harsh to Carter from the beginning? idk, she's terrible, but it never seemed like they missed her.

Edited at 2014-07-18 12:50 pm (UTC)
dizzylizzybsb 18th-Jul-2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
me too! I feel so sad for the mom and the sister. They try to make the mom look bad or something but I would understand why she acts the way she does.
radar 18th-Jul-2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
yea nobody is winning parenting of the year award on this show. when carter was in the car and they were insisting on using that other name for her because carter brought ugly memories for them i was like wtf? you should be putting your kid's feelings first right now.. talk about that shit in private.
cpb1220 18th-Jul-2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
is this show worth watching? i've been dvring it but haven't gotten around to watching yet.
dizzylizzybsb 18th-Jul-2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
I like this show, will probably keep watching but Carter pisses me off.
I understand why she acts out, but like she doesn't have to be such a bitch to everyone. IDK I really don't like her.
indy788 18th-Jul-2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
i agree! she's so rude. right now the only person i can stand her with is her dad. too bad that's all gonna get fucked over when she finds out about the book.
dizzylizzybsb 18th-Jul-2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
can't wait for the tantrum she's gonna throw when she finds out *rolls eyes*

daddyissues 18th-Jul-2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
on the plus-side, i think it will bring her and her biological mum closer together.
daddyissues 18th-Jul-2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
ia. i know it's obv difficult for her, but she really needs to realise that it's obviously hard for everyone involved and it's not a situation anyone asked for.
cranberryfitch 18th-Jul-2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
carter is insufferable and her hair bugs me, lol. i love the guy who plays the same character in this and the fosters.

i know they made the girls twins so they'd be the same age and have something to compete over, but it feels off

the dad is so shady lmao. i hate how they treat the biological mom. maybe i'm missing something but how is the kidnapper mom still running around free? she's just on the run?
smolderhotter 18th-Jul-2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
they don't seem like twins, Taylor looks way younger than Carter
xxxquothxxx 18th-Jul-2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
one of my favourite tropes in fiction is kidnapped kids finding their families again/families learning to cope after a child is missing. but i cannot get into this at all. everyone is so obnoxious
rubidium 18th-Jul-2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I couldn't get into it either. I think half the problem is that everything just happened so fast? The police handed her over to her bio parents faster than blinking, which I guess is what would happen but idk the whole thing seemed so weird to me. Maybe I didn't watch far enough, but no one seemed sufficiently conflicted about the kidnapping and the years apart and the fact that it was whole new family for everyone??
kiddo84 18th-Jul-2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
This show is a mess. I watched the first two hours. The prank they pulled on her mom was horrible. There is nothing interesting about the main character that makes me want to continue watching.
peggybundy 18th-Jul-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
lol im only watching it bc it has a hot mom imo
daddyissues 18th-Jul-2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
also i seriously HATE the dad (like why does he never defend his wife to carter??? he just nods along to all criticism of her) and carter's new friends who played the prank on carter's bio mum. i don't understand why anybody would ever do something like that. i just don't understand.
zeldafitzgerald 18th-Jul-2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
It also pissed me off that he alluded to Carter that he wouldn't tell his wife that Carter had been in a stolen car passed curfew. WTF? Way to perpetuate the divide in your household, dude.
snark_ranger 18th-Jul-2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
I think Flavorwire described it perfectly when they said they took a pretty unique tv concept and made it really trite.


Edited at 2014-07-18 02:26 pm (UTC)
_______awshucks 18th-Jul-2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I like the little bro and the dad..carter kinda sucks and her friends, except for the girl, are all pretty obnoxious. But I'll keep watching.
celestic_blue 18th-Jul-2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
The little brother's character's name is Grant. The actor's name is Zac lol. The show is alright. They seem set on making Elizabeth insufferable. Too bad the father is secretly an asshole because his relationship with Carter is cute.
zeldafitzgerald 18th-Jul-2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth > everyone else except for her other two children

I can't wait for the inevitable reveal that Carter's dad and the woman who kidnapped her were in cahoots and Carter realizes Elizabeth really was her "mom" all along.
notoriousreign 18th-Jul-2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I don't care for the way they keep on trying to paint Elizabeth, because yeah I can see Carter's perspective but her biological mom had a CHILD taken away from her and is just trying to find the woman who put her through that. I mean Jesus wouldn't you? That prank they pulled on her was just mean and Carter's pretty insufferable.
danya 18th-Jul-2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
I couldn't watch it after the first episode was super unrealistic. I get it, it's a show and they need to move it along etc but they would never just hand the child/teen over to their parents the same day she found out she was kidnapped. Especially when she hadn't remembered them at all.
mjgchick 18th-Jul-2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
I keep watching this to see how much more of a douche Carter can be. She has a hot mom and treats her like dog shit. Mean while allowing her stockholm syndrome to run wild. lmao.

Team Elizabeth bye.
octoberalex 18th-Jul-2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Um who the hell is Zac. Pretty sure his name is Grant
evett 18th-Jul-2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't get all the people bitching about Carter. She is a teenager (even normal teens start to push boundaries at this age) who just had her world rocked. PLUS in normal situations your birth mother isn't apart of a manhunt to put the mother that raised you in jail. All she wants to do is be reunited with her and she sees her birth mom as someone who is getting in the way of that. Her attitude is completely justifiable IMO even if her birth mom isn't a villain and is doing the best she can. Neither one of them are wrong in their actions.
avenger_aborted 18th-Jul-2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
i can understand that she is probably thinking that if pushes the other family enough they won't want her but all that does is make everyone miserable

Edited at 2014-07-18 06:03 pm (UTC)
abiding 18th-Jul-2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
avenger_aborted 18th-Jul-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
somebody needs to sit down and have a come to jesus moment with carter because it so damn annoying.
like i understand you're pissed and your life is turned upside down but so is everyone elses. i know you love your mom but she did KIDNAP you.

also how did carter get a license??? Don't you need a birth certificate?

Edited at 2014-07-18 06:03 pm (UTC)
smolderhotter 18th-Jul-2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
I was confused about the license too, and did she go to school before? They need info for that too...how did she manage to escape the police all this time is beyond me lmfao but I shouldn't try making sense of this shit lol
laurondo 18th-Jul-2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
The way Carter talks to her real mom irritates the shit out of me.
nineteensix196 18th-Jul-2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
Gave it a chance but it's just not a good show - her adjustment is unrealistic, the drama is typical cliche messy and Carter is a bad character - over the top bratty and rude.
prophecypro 19th-Jul-2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
Been hearing about this show a lot. Not good stuff either
hipsandhearts__ 20th-Jul-2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
I think this show would be better if Megan Prescott played Taylor or Kat Prescott played both roles. When they were like "You have a twin sister" in the pilot and the actress who plays Taylor walked out, I thought I must have misheard something.
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