Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Mahatma Gandhi, The Pancakes And The Dragon Rebooted Edition

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This week’s episode of ‘Community’ featured the exit of founding study group member Troy Barnes so that his actor can embark on his dream career as a rapper, a moment which still has me feeling a bit melancholy.  I certainly understand the need for actors to move on to new material, or the dramatic power inherent in having a character die within the story, but the loss of an important part of an ensemble cast (especially after the exit of Chevy Chase last season) feels serious enough to change the show’s entire dynamic forever.  One of the most heart-rending example for me came in the final season of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ when Terry Farrell exited the role of Dax after she had won the heart of not only Lieutenant Worf, but me.  Her absence was felt mostly keenly during that final season, one of the finest of the series, with the symbiont that made up part of her character’s personality being passed on to a legacy character who never quite seemed to be “my” Dax (though, admittedly, mileage on this one varies.)  This, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still has a soft spot for the crew of Serenity, but is worried that the comic continuation can’t ever quite be the same without Wash, asking: What’s the most painful actor exit in your favorite pop culture?