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Something always felt weird about that episode. One of the things
that plagued my mind has already been contemplated by the Phandom
(Maddie’s strange reaction to Danny telling her he’s her son) but
that’s not the only thing.
The first is the comical ghost ray bouncing the protoportal shot
does just to get to Jack since Vlad is out of the way. What are the
fucking odds that things were set up in just the right way for that
to happen? I always assumed this was because Clockwork focus on this
path in particular. To teach Danny a lesson. Which means that this
was not the only way things could have gone, it means that it could
very well have been one of the worst case scenarios. What other
timelines could things have taken? Would there have been one that
Danny would have settled for unless Clockwork did what he did? A
timeline where things were all okay, where everyone was happy
and existed? Is that one of the reasons Clockwork refused to
let Danny try to alter the past a second time, because there was no
other “loosing” lines to dissuade him from his attempts?
While not really food for thought, I always found it comical how
Altered-Jack named his cat Jasmine. I realize it was most likely for
this intended purpose (as well as revealing in canon who actually
named which kid.) but this makes me think about if there was an
“alternate-Danny”, so to speak. In theory, every main
character would still “exist” in some way in this alternate
timeline, it’s simple logic: everything that can exist has and will
in some way. Given Alternate-Jack states he’d never named his kid
Danny because “that’s dumb.”, if there were an
alternate-Danny, even if he was a pet or something, he’d be with
Maddie and Vlad. Which brings Maddie’s reaction to the forefront.
Maddie doesn’t call Danny a liar when he tells her he’s her son
until after he say’s he’s Jack’s son. Her first reaction is shock.
That’s not something women are blindsided by. And that’s weird in
and of itself, but Danny isn’t in human form when he says this. He’s
in his ghost. And I just re-watched the episode, it’s never
specifically revealed to her that Danny is still partially alive,
even after she accepts he’s from an alternate timeline. And she
doesn’t recognize him as the kid from the door until after that too.
At that moment, he’s a ghost. Purely. Dead. An ectoplasmic remnant of
posthuman consciousness (or however that went). So why does she react
with shock? There’s no disbelief in that shock either, it’s like she
actually believes him. Connect the dots in this way, and you have
Maddie having a son to Vlad, possibly naming him Daniel, and then
loosing him in a way that killed him, making his existence as a ghost
possible. It’s never stated in the show if she is aware that ghost
ages (fanon seems to think that she isn’t, or fanon ignores the canon
evidence entirely), but if she is, there’s no way of telling just
how old this alternate-son might’ve been when he died. But that’s
just one way of connecting the dots. It could be they aren’t meant to
be connected at all.
And now that I think about it, is it possible that this
alternate-son is actually a ghost?
Maddie is shown to have what
appears to be profiles on ghosts, notably Clockwork. This is
something never shown in the true timeline. So I ask: Why? Is she
searching for her son’s ghost? Is that why ghost’s aren’t allowed to
be mentioned in the castle? Maddie being so distraught over her
child’s loss that she’d focus on her ghost research again or more
fervently if she already was and Vlad being unhappy with this is
something I can totally see happening. It’s never specifically stated
why Vlad is so opposed to ghost in this timeline. I assumed before
that it was because he was afraid of loosing Maddie to Jack, because
Maddie was still interested in ghosts. Keeping Maddie away from
ghosts equals keeping Maddie away from Jack equals keeping Maddie
period. Vlad went out of his way to keep Maddie away from Jack,
telling her Jack blamed her and never wanted to see her again. But
this excuse seems a little flimsy now. If my connected dots are
correct, Vlad has to play into it somehow. The most logical thought is
that he doesn’t want to deal with opening the can of worms that
Maddie actually finding their dead son would entail. Perhaps he
couldn’t handle it, or he though that her efforts would’ve been in
vain. Perhaps he foresaw that she’d obsess over trying to find
something he didn’t think would exist, it would drain her, mentally,
emotionally, and physically. She’d not be able to let go. So he tries
to force her away from it.
Edit: Catching something I didn’t catch before, When Vlad
interrupts, he states that she’d been “experimenting again”.
Again. As in she’s being researching ghosts before and he’s caught
her before. I have no idea what to think about this.
Vlad character in the episode is so wibbly wobbly, its hard to try
to predict what he would’ve done and why. I feel like this version of
Vlad is desperate to keep what he has, almost like he knows it
wouldn’t last unless he took measures to ensure it prevails. This
implies that Vlad was manipulative and harmfully conniving as a
person, not traits he gained from being half ghost. But the root of
this manipulation is different. In the alternate timeline, it could
be fueled by selfish fear, calling back to the above desperation. The
strongest evidence towards this is his reaction to Danny trying to
return things to normal: “You think I care?! I like it this way!”
He knows this isn’t how things are supposed to be. He refuses to give
it up. He’s clinging to it, fighting for it, because it’s all falling
apart. I used to think this reaction didn’t make any sense,
especially since he’s revealed to have some compassion and humanity
left in TUE. But this reaction makes perfect sense. This is his life,
he’s been fighting to keep it stable for years, with his lies to
Maddie. He’s unwilling to let it go because he thinks its his only
shot at happiness. Vlad isn’t dumb, he knows he would’ve been hit
with the blast had he not been shoved inexplicably out of the way. He saw what
happened to Jack. He knows that would be his fate. He knew. His
words ring chillingly once you take it all in: “You think I care?!
I like it this way!”
There’s something else that bothers me about this Vlad, though.
And I don’t know why because my though process doesn’t make any
sense about it. It’s completely separate from the above though, so
blank your minds again. When Vlad interrupts, he’s in a suit: his
exact same outfit he normally wears in the normal timeline, to be
exact. This is drastically out of place for two reasons: First, he’s
a home and there’s no special occasion. Earlier, he was
wearing…..well, whatever monstrosity that blue t-shirt with a
sweater tied around his shoulder’s was. So why suddenly wear a suit?
Which brings up point 2: it’s at night. I’m not assuming this either,
it’s specifically shown that Danny is searching for the lab at night, transition clearly shown.
Maddie being up and in a jumpsuit makes sense, she was in her lab.
But Vlad? Awake at night in a business suit?! Why?! Was he called
into a meeting at midnight to sort out whatever the hell being Dairy
King needs sorting?! It just doesn’t make sense. My first thought was
that this wasn’t the alternate Vlad. The normal timeline Vlad being
dressed like that makes sense because he’s like that all the time.
But this makes no sense either because it couldn’t be the normal
timeline Vlad because of, again, two reasons: Normal Timeline Vlad was
currently dying at the time, and he makes a reference to what
happened earlier (the ectofoamer.) Even if a slightly off-present
normal timeline Vlad was dropped in, the second point still stands.
Which again begs the question of why is he in a suit in the middle of
the night?! It bothers me and it’s so off but I can’t figure out why
it feels so off to me. It’s not just that he’s overly viscous, its
not just that he’s willing to kill both Jack and Danny, It’s not just
the suit, it’s everything. It all feels like it’s not the
alternate-Vlad. It all feels too disconnected. Even the theory that
he’s fighting for his life doesn’t explain why he doesn’t care he
blasted Maddie onto a control panel. It’s clear he was possessive
even before, but the confrontation is extreme. There’s no remorse,
no care for the consequences of his actions. Again, he’s so very
wibbly wobbly in this episode.
The entire episode is wibbly wobbly. Perhaps this is just to
further cement the wrongness of this alternate timeline.
Or perhaps I’m still too hung up over the missed opportunity of
actually giving Vlad character. Ahhh, the sour scent of what
would’ve been….Vlad haven’t actual reasons for his motives, not
just being “evil for the sake of being evil”, insight into why he he
steamed over his accident for so long and why he blamed Jack so much.
The revelation that Vlad was actually a pretty okay guy before and
that he still could be if only he’d let go, if only Danny would stop
fighting him, if only Danny took the fucking time to question things,
to understand, to realize that everything has reasons, even if they
aren’t obvious or easily understood. It makes me so angry to no end
that Vlad continued to be a cliche rival with so little reason as to
why. Everything else about his character was there, it was right
there, this stuff was all he needed but he just fell so fucking flat
during every episode after this one. Perhaps that’s my
disappointment talking again, but still. Danny was a good hero
character because he made mistakes, and often repeated some of the
same ones. He wasn’t perfect, he gave up numerous times with varying
results. He was willing to cheat, he was generally unaffected by the
destruction shown by Dan until it was revealed his family and friends
were dead. He did bad things, of his own accord. He pushed Vlad to
his villainous breakdown in Kindred Spirits. He lies constantly. He’s snarky. He see’s things in right
and wrong, good and evil, and even by the final episode, this
perspective remains, and for someone with that much power, that’s
damning. Danny had the good, the bad, the ugly, the substance. Vlad
was his opposite solely for that purpose. The show offered little to
sympathize him, to make him complex. He was the bad guy, he was
supposed to loose over and over and over again, he was expected to
just keep getting back up and trying again and he did and it broke
him. And yet still, the show focuses on the fact that Danny was the
hero. Vlad was villain. Danny didn’t care about why Vlad did what he
did because that’s not how hero’s work. They beat the bad guy.
Asking questions complicates things. It brings in sympathy, empathy,
pity, understanding, compassion, confusion, DOUBT. “He doesn’t
deserve this.” “Am I doing the right thing?” “If I’m
supposed to help everyone, shouldn’t I try to help him too?” “I
feel bad for him.” “This isn’t doing anything but making things
I repeat again: The sour scent of what could have been.
Maybe I expect something too deep for a children’s show. But can
you blame me? Vlad had the perfect setup. The show dropped bombshells
with TUE. It had the potential. It had the potential.