Lately I happened to read some opinions about Danny Williams’ character that left me pretty confused, for sure surprised of how much the same character can be seen by different people.
Basically, I realized that some people see Danny pretty much as a whiney sidekick often used as comic relief. Like I said, perceptions are very subjective, personal, but this made me want to explain why, in my opinion, Danny is much, much more than this and all the reasons why I love this character.
Danny is the man who left his home and his family to follow his daughter in a place where he felt and sometimes still feels like a “fish out of the water”. He is the man who adapted himself to live pretty bad and uncomfortable places, who had to fight, and pretty hard, for his parental rights, finding himself literally begging his ex wife not to take his daughter away from him. He’s also the man who grew stronger and more confident about this and who fought in front of a court, when the time came, so he wouldn’t be anymore at the mercy of Rachel’s decisions about Grace.
He’s the man who’s not afraid or ashamed to admit how much he suffered after his marriage failed, how much depressed he got in those awful months.
He’s the man who’s so good with children, who loves immensely his daughter… she is his everything, she is his life, she is his breath.
He is the man who did anything he could to clear the name of his friend and partner Meka.
The man who stayed next to Chin when he had a bomb around his neck, risking his own life, who was next to him when Malia died, trying to lessen his pain and making him feel he wasn’t alone.
The man who went through horribly frightening situations fearing nothing as long as he could protect the ones he loves, who’s next to them through good and bad times, who is willing to do anything for them and proved this multiple times.
The man who suffered because of his brother betrayal of all the values he and their family believe in, who helped his ex wife delivering the baby he thought for a while as his own.
The man who holds dear the memory of the people he lost.
The man who does his job greatly, who is also a hothead sometimes, who gives the best and tightest hugs, who makes the silliest jokes and thinks they’re funny, who gives the fondest smiles and laughs with his heart and eyes, who has the sassiest attitude but is also so, so sweet.
And, last but definitely not least, who is brought to life by that wonder of nature that is Scott Caan, who gives him heart and soul, giving us, along with the writers, one of the best characters I’ve ever known.