Why do most of the fan base hate Pontac and Graff writing so much?
I think the main point of consternation regarding P&G is that they simply don’t have any real touch for writing Sonic, both it’s characters and it’s tone and themes in general. The way they write the games….doesn’t make them feel like Sonic games to me…at least.
humor isn’t Sonic-esque. It’s childish, unsubtle and generally unfunny.
Much of the humor is akin to dangling your car keys in front of an
infant to make it laugh. Some instances of comedy do hit the mark (Such as the “bonehead” line in SLW) but that’s the exception, not the norm.
The narratives are lacking themes that added weight and meaning to past stories. There’s no messages that enhance the story. And palpable attempts at such (SLW’s “Trust your best friend’s capabilities”) fell ass over head due to how badly executed they were.
Pontaff set-up plot points…then promptly ignore them, failing to give any due attention to them. Need I mention the odd “Yacker goes missing!” plot point in Colours that comes right out of nowhere, is hardly mentioned and then you see Yacker come out of nowhere without any harm done to him and no focus given to how he got away from his alleged predicament?
The bad writing in general even afflicts the main villain. Dr
Eggman is a blowhard for the most part whose never taken seriously
instead of being a proactive threat whose capability for destruction was
respected and acknowledged (Need I mention Sonic’s line “You’ve turned into a big time villain
doctor!” in SA2?).
The characters just don’t do anything interesting the
majority of the time. For the most part, they stand around doing nothing
and making idle chit chat.
That’s boring see?
Generations is terrible with
this in particular with the four most promiment characters prattling on
and standing around in most cutscenes and everyone else merely standing
there in the cutscene in which Classic Eggman first appears and egging
on the injured Sonic’s instead of, oh I don’t know, ganging up on the
Eggmen themselves. The characters are inclined to being very active….so why the fuck do they loaf around doing next to nothing
under P&G’s pens the majority of the time?
There’s just nothing about their writing of
the series that indicates a good gain overall. Especially when compared
to what we got before their tenure as writers. And no, when I say “What
we got before”, I’m not referencing the likes of Shadow and ‘06.
I think one of my biggest criticisms personally is how they portray Sonic himself. As a massive Sonic aficionado, I could almost
weep a bit at seeing what he’s become, the degree to which he’s been
flanderized, how much he’s been derailed into carrying the tone first and foremost. It’s not as bad as his writing
in the likes of Chronicles, ‘06 and Shadow (The first of which
portrayed him completely OoC, the latter two of which treated him like
total shit) but it’s absolutely nothing special either and is such a
downgrade especially coming so soon after Black Knight, the game which
is his most supreme portrayal in any Sonic media in my opinion.
He rambles on and on obnoxiously instead of actually getting right to it.
is a man of action. He gets his hands dirty pretty much immediately
instead of letting things such as injustices linger, a trait in-line
with Naoto Oshima’s intention for him to be a guy who has a “Get it done
now!” attitude. This has the additional effect of making his speechand actions have gravity because they’re carried out with speed and finesse.
Want some examples?
Look at him. He’s not standing by and making idle chit
chat. He’s doing what he does best with such incredibly cool flair. And
in most of these instances, he’s putting-across his cool factor without
single word rolling off his tongue. His character has impact, this guy gets shit done. He
doesn’t give a toss about what anyone else thinks about how he carries himself and what he does, he’s flashing
that toothy grin with supreme confidence and he executes his actions
with the utmost deftness. In other words, he’s acting likeI expect SONIC THE HEDGEHOG to act.
Now compare to…this highly irritating intepretation.
See how the Sonic above the above image acted as if his awesomeness was obvious? This
timeless trait of the character’s personality has been completely
passed-over here, ignored in favor of this obnoxious braggart who acts
akin to a child whose screaming for attention, asking for others to actively acknowedge what he doesand even acting put-out when he’s caught in the act of boasting.
To me, a convincingly-written Sonic would not realistically do the latter if he was caught in “embarassing” behaviours simply because he wouldn’t care enough about what anyone said or thought about his actions to be adversely affected by it.
Chances would be that he’d just laugh along with it instead of acting
ike he’s ashamed of himself. That’s one of the likable things about
Sonic to me at least - He’s capable of laughing at himself but
ultimately has no regard for what people think of how he acts.
degenerates Sonic’s character because it consumes him and deprives him
of his edge, shunts him onto a role that doesn’t do him justice. In
Colours, whenever he meets a robot, he goes on and fucking on
about how he’s going to kick their asses and it falls completely flat
because he’s getting no response and makes him look like a weirdo. It even gives me the impression that this Sonic seems to think deep down that he’s uncool and is insecure about it then goes about being an obnxious braggart to conceal it.
also has the effect of screwing-over the story as well because more
scene time in dedicated to these irritating shenanigans and LOL SO RANDUM “humor” than actually
expanding on established plot points or making the story more varied. So
not only are Pontac and Graff screwing-up Sonic’s writing, they’re screwing-up the rest of the story in doing so. It’s such a vicious cycle.
You don’t see the interesting aspects of Sonic’s character anymore
In relation to the above, Long gone are the days when you saw Sonic exhibit either somewhat profound
beliefs or a level of complexity such as his pragmatism in Black
Knight, not caring if everyone considered him a bad guy for stopping
Arthur’s tyranny by killing him and in addition his viewpoint that life
would have no meaning if it went on forever, hence his opposition to
Merlina even though her plan would’ve stopped the end of that world.
about the revelation in Unleashed that it wasn’t just his sense of
guilt regarding landing on top of Chip that compelled him to help him?
He didn’t need a reason to want to help out his friend. Or his palpable
upset/shame at Amy failing to recognise him in Werehog form?
sense of….how do I explain it? This sense what makes Sonic such an
intriguing character, the feeling of agency to his character, the drive
that he had to do what he chooses to do without regrets is largely
ignored in 2010+ Sonic, leaving a far flatter character who simply isn’t
as interestingl. Sonic has lost alot of his heart. And it’s a crying
So yeah, whilst P&G’s handling of the series isn’t
Shadow, Chronicles or '06 bad to me, it’s nothing remotely remarkable
either and is absolutely no standard that is ideal for the series and
what it should abide by.
I get super annoyed when people think that Lotor is gonna be this pervert sociopath in [the next season. That version came from Go Lion, which is more akin to Game of Thrones, having super dark edgy content like blood drinking, people blowing up, cannibalism, etc.] VLD [scrapped a lot of the edgier Go Lion content from the show so far. Lotor and Sincline are almost completely different characters, Lotor being more morally, grey villain. There is a reason why his name is Lotor not Sincline!]
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(So far, everything around Guiliman, Cawl and the Primarus Marines is new tech. the MKX has smooth lines and rounded edges more akin to Tau tech, the Bolt Rifle taking it’s name From Cawl…. we even have a new Dreadnaught.)
(Guiliman has decided that innovation, Creation and research are better for the Imperium of man than the old system of maintaining old tech and praying it can still be repaired.)
(I expect a shit storm from Mars in the foreseeable future.)
So we all remember this post! Although, here’s a screen shot above for convenience and reference. In it I stated the moment in season two being akin to something like unrequited love/like as Pidge walked off bitterly stating that they could have all the moments they liked. Now, isn’t it fitting that the old English folk song that depicts unrequited love is Green Sleeves? And what color does Pidge wear? Green!
I’m foreshadowing some future plot down the road. Hmn?
talking with da amazin skoopz earlier about her spectacular bendy AU and story and gosh it reminded me about the silly idea of the summoner AU wow…
I need to give more attention to that and I think I will but items might pop up sooner on the batim amino due to the first story I will focus on with that is Mira’s and Bendy’s story.
The AU will probably be called something more akin to the main main duo that started this AU ( Usagi Tsukino and Sonic out of all duos o-o ) and the side stories will have a sub-title below so yee…need to figure out those too…
oh also - realized that I don’t even have all of the mechanics of the AU established for summoning, the world, how it all works and such so gonna be writing that down gradually…
already noticed a mistake my past self did with the amount of elements in the wheel of runes there were… chopped off two to down size since each summon element will have a different set of phonetics for the language they use to summon them (they be ancient languages of old with the main language a combination of all of the languages together in a more modern way). So like… for water, I’m planning to be inspired by the Hawaiian and Polynesian phonetics and how their language pronounces their words and vowels. And for Rock I’m doing English and semi related phonetics cause….eh English speakers scream a lot and I feel like you need to scream or have a loud sound to move a rock idk I’m tired…
anyway that’s the update drabble here… sorry for not many posts the past few days.
Ito na ‘yong hinihintay ko! May classmate na akong nag-invite sa akin sa debut nila!
Karamihan sa mga kaklase kong babae ay magdedebut na ngayong taon (next year pa ako). Mga nagpaplano na rin sa celebration nila. Soooobrang naeexcite ako para sa debut nila. Last year pa ako excited. Hahaha! So ang unang nag-invite ay si Yona na sa July 28 ang birthday. Tinanong niya muna ko through Messenger kung puwede daw ba akong mag-18 treasures sa debut niya. Oo ako kaagad! All caps at maraming !!!!! pa. Pagtapos kong um-oo, saka ko lang tinanong kung anong gagawin ba. Hahahaha! Sabi niya magbibigay lang raw ako ng kahit anong regalo tapos ieexplain ko kung bakit iyon ang napili ko.
Tinanong ko si Din kung ininvite na rin ba siya ni Yona pero ang sabi niya'y hindi pa raw. Hindi ko alam kung bakit, pero natuwa ako nang kaunti. Sorry BFF! Hahaha. Di, ano kasi, natouch ako na kahit hindi kami ganoon kaclose ni Yona ay naisip niya pa rin ako. Wala, grabe. Nakakatouch lang talaga na may makaalala sa akin at gawing part ng importanteng araw nila *drama*. Pero nalungkot rin ako kasi wala akong kachikahan kung hindi invited si Din. Mamumuti na lang mata ko doon.
Ito yata 'yong unang debut na aattendan ko. Hehe. Excited na ako!
Also if you ever wanna know how metal I am, nurse paul said my surgery is basically akin to me being stabbed five times in the gut and that my back looks like someone sliced me with a fucking long sword
Mahal kita kahit na mainit ang ulo mo. Mahal kita kahit na gusto mo manakit ng tao sa sobrang frustration mo. Mahal kita kahit gaano ka kaingay. Mahal kita kahit na lagi kang nakasigaw. Mahal kita kahit na lagi kang busy at pagod. Mahal kita kahit na ayaw mong tumayo sa umaga at kahit na gaano ka kahirap gisingin sa umaga, dahil sobrang puyat ka sa gabi. Mahal kita kahit sobrang galit ka at kahit ako ay itulak mo pa. Mahal kita kahit gaano katigas ang ulo mo. Mahal kita kahit na hindi ko minsan maintindihan ang gusto mo. Kahit na gaano mo ako itulak palayo o kahit na gaano ka pa lumayo, hihilahin kita pabalik sa akin at mahigpit na yayakapin. Mahal kita at di ako magsasawang iparamdam sa'yo na nandito ako minamahal kita, kapag pakiramdam mo walang nagmamahal talaga. Mamahalin kita kahit na hindi umaayon sa plano ang mga pangyayari sa buhay mo. Mamahalin kita sa mga panahong pakiramdam mo, gumuguho na ang mundo mo.
Mahal na mahal kita, kahit na tingin mo sa sarili mo ay isang malaking disappointment. Mahal na mahal kita kahit pinagdududahan mo ang sarili mong kakayahan. Mahal kita kahit nawawala ka sa sarili pag minsan. Ako ang magmamahal sa'yo kapag hindi mo magawang mahalin ang sarili mo. Ako ang magiging tahanan mo, ang tagapag-alaga ng puso mo, ang motivation mo. Ibibigay ko lahat yun at marami pang iba. Mamahalin kita kahit na anong mangyare, at hindi na yun magbabago pa.
In which Sidney has an outcast who helps him willingly and eagerly when he’s in a spot of trouble. A Slightly Less Spiners AU drabble.
Sidney(outcast)/ Adrian (wh13)
“ You were gone too long.” Sidney’s voice was accusatory, but Adrian took no offense to it, chalking it up to the heavy bags under the man’s eyes and the sickly pallor to his cheeks, in combination with the sticky blackness that he could see staining the inside of his palms and the cuffs of his shirt. They both knew how important the errand had been that Sidney had sent him on, and so he saw no reason to argue.
Instead he simply reached out and gripped Sidney’s sleeve in a firm grip, careful not to even let his fingers brush the other man’s skin. It usually didn’t bother him, but when he was this far gone Adrian had found that even the faintest of contact would make him hiss in pain. Sidney’s eyes flickered up to his in something akin to appreciation before it passed in short order, to be replaced by a grimace as Adrian led him over to the couch, and a hacking cough.
six of crows but kaz explains all of his schemes through increasingly stylized and elaborate musical numbers with the rest of the dregs as his backup dancers and always at least one split-second costume change