For the final post for this week it’s the turn of a pretty unique character. Without often intending to, he finds himself in a few unusual situations. From destroying a game show set using the Jedi mind trick, to throwing a couple of angels off a train before stating “No tickets”, Silent Bob is not only the straight man, but the sidekick that might actually be the main character after all.
I watched Mallrats on late night movies on Channel 4. Blockbusters from the states were common but this was something else. This was a film about the chaos of daily life. About friendship, loyalty and trust. It was just unlike anything I had ever seen.
I liked Jay as a character but Bob was the one I was really drawn to. Now I know that my communication abilities were severely limited for the majority of my life, it makes sense that I would be drawn to a character that can express himself without speaking.
He was expressive in other ways, and could get annoyed at Jay just for making him talk. Rather than reading him through non-verbal communication like he normally did.
Kevin Smith gave me hope in that character, someone that didn’t need words to be felt and understood. Plus Silent Bob was always just him, he didn’t care if someone thought he was strange or odd.
Jay and Bob protected each other, communicated for each other and had an unwavering respect for each other. A friendship and bond, not built on fitting in, but in standing out together.
If I ever get the chance I’d love to meet Kevin Smith one day because Silent Bob kept me company over and over throughout my life. From Clerks, to Mallrats to Jay and Silent Bob: The Reboot... I felt seen and understood but I didn’t even know the reason. I couldn’t understand why, but I was instantly drawn to his character; Looking back now I feel like I definitely do understand. He was another silent voice in a very loud world (especially with Jay by his side). However, it didn’t stop him from having experiences, or companionship. Bob wasn’t mute, it did seem like a choice for him, but one that was often respected.
All our best and love
Ross Fraser and Jeni Curtis
Words – Ross Fraser
Graphic Design App – Canva