Brandon’s another guy who’s hard not to like. But unlike his best friend Prince Sky, who’s bland as sugarless corn flakes now, Brandon has a personality. He’s laid back, funny, and loyal like his girlfriend Stella. He’s also a little vain — not in a stuck-up way, but he knows he’s good-looking and doesn’t mind flaunting it.
What he’s best known for — besides being the strongest Specialist in the group — is being the biggest flirt. That’s what’s interesting about him and Stella. While the other couples have meltdowns when one partner even looks at another guy or girl, these two have turned it into a competition. Who can attract the most admirers? Last time, Brandon won. 😛
He and Stella may have a lax relationship, but his smooth tongue got him in trouble with her at least once. 4Kids might call it “reverse hero syndrome,” where the damsel in distress falls in love with her hero. That damsel, of course, is Mitzi, who forms a love triangle with them in season four after he saves her life. It’s not as memorable as Riven and Musa’s drama, but Rainbow thought it was important enough to reference in the trailer and in the theme song.
I don’t know who to blame for this. Brandon was doing what he’s trained to do: save people. Stella overreacted when she saw him holding Mitzi. She thought they were kissing, but Mitzi just kissed Brandon on the cheek. He didn’t even expect it — or want it.
Brandon didn’t react to this problem well, either. This is almost the same issue I had with the Flora-Helia-Krystal love triangle in season five (which I’ll talk more about when I get to Helia). Brandon tried to explain what really happened, but he didn’t say the right way. And since he and Stella had been dating for a while, he should know how to handle her.
But does he? Stella can be childish and high maintenance sometimes, but that’s all the more reason for him to choose his words better. In season five, he seemed more patient and calm, but in season six, he seemed sick of her.
Her antics in “Queen for a Day” and “Stella’s Big Party” were obnoxious (and a bit out of character), but Brandon shouldn’t have blown up at her. I know he was probably miffed since it was their anniversary, and he hadn’t wanted to spend it watching her play queen. But like I said in my review of “Stella’s Big Party,” I expected him to be the last person to give up on her. Instead, he was the first. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
Still, I think these two are a better, more interesting couple than their best friends Sky and Bloom. They’re a lot more causal and even more affectionate than them. I also like that Brandon’s a commoner (4Kids made a big deal out of that), and Stella’s a princess. 4Kids Stella wondered if he’d ever climb the social ladder and become a prince. Thanks to her, that might just happen. 😉
I complained in Sky’s post that the other couples are more vulnerable than he and Bloom are. I don’t think Brandon and Stella will ever break up, since because they’re the best friends of the main couple, Rainbow might protect their relationship. But even if they were lower on the character hierarchy, I think they’d still stay together.
Enough about Brandon and Stella. Let’s just talk about him for a moment.
As you can guess, I like him more than Sky. Sky’s just a boring, stereotypical leader now. Brandon, though, has a bit more mystery to him. He’s not as easy to put a label on. Sometimes, he seems like the jokester of the group — I think that’s Nex’s role now — but other times he seems as stiff and serious as Sky tends to be. I feel like Brandon was funnier in the first three seasons. I miss that side of him.
That said, he’s had some hilarious experiences over the years! Who can forget in season two when he almost married Amentia, the princess of Downland? Also in season two, he asked the girls in the screenshot at the top of the post for a good luck kiss before a battle competition. When they asked what type of lipstick he likes, he thought he was gonna get what he wanted. Instead, he got…tubes of lipstick. Serves him right. 😛 (The 4Kids dub of the scene is even funnier.)
Bottom line: Brandon’s pretty cool. He’s not one of my favorite guys, but he still makes me smile. I wish we knew more about his background, though. Almost everything we know about him is tied to Sky. I’d like to see him step out of his shadow a bit more.
Next up: Helia, one of my favorites. Stay tuned!