Swifty did not start out as a character I particularly liked. I know that’s a strange thing to say. Generally speaking, as a creator, you’re supposed to like all your characters. But Swifty was invented to express a cranky side of being old that I don’t much admire. Slowly, over time, as my understanding of his character and his trauma increased, I started to like him more.

I don’t mean that he evolved. Swifty is the one character of the main cast who is arguably exactly the same as when the series started. He does not really grow or change, it’s just our understanding of him that grows and changes. Compare that to someone like Captain Spectacular, who has evolved a TON. Or Jerry, who is wildly different from how we first met him.

Hey, where is Jerry, anyway?

See you on Thursday with 890 – Loved In Her Own Way!