Firstly let me share my theories of what the A.I of Jack actually is.
There has been a lot of speculation on just what this version of Jack
remembers, and if his personality was altered in any way from the
originals. To be honest I believe HoloJack is a perfect copy of Handsome
Jack; and despite not remembering the events of BL2, I don’t think he
has gaps in his memory, or incorrect A.I that makes him different from
Handsome Jack. He’s self-aware and can remember things right down to the
smallest detail. (wallet-heads and all)
If anything his state
of being reminds me of the NEW-U Stations. You’re character basically
dies and a clone replaces them. (It’s weak canon but funny because
So yes, HoloJack is more or less Handsome
Jack, created from his brain patterns and probably unaltered in anyway.
But he’s also Handsome Jack with all his power and control taken
away…and that’s what makes things interesting.
Let’s look back at Atlas Mugged. When Jack first appears he acts
exactly like the Handsome Jack we all remember from BL2. He barely needs
a reason to choke Rhys, and no matter how you treat the situation (have
Rhys be quiet, try and tactfully point out Jacks a hologram, or just
straight up tell him he’s dead) Jack will try and Kill Rhys like it’s
Thursday. This is how Jack has come to deal with his problems, and where
his negative-character development placed him at the end of TPS.
we start out with a perfect copy of Handsome Jack. Same memories, same
personality, same appearance, same mental damage; but in different
circumstances and with far more handicaps.
And this is the key
thing about HoloJack, he is handicapped, literally bodiless. Strangling
his problems away, or tossing money at others to do it for him isn’t
gonna fly anymore. Because he no longer has that kind of freedom to act
on those violent impulses. For a megalomaniac all these sudden
realizations must be a HUGE shock to the system. Hence why he’s in such
denial when he first finds out he died. It’s gonna take a little longer
for Jacks tactics to adjust, and for him to really ‘grasp’ the situation
beyond 'heroes don’t die.’
But by the time Jack’s hanging out in the desert with Rhys and Vaughns, he’s given up being threatening, and for good reason.
Jack at best sends him into a childish tantrum, (and crude dick humor)
and he’s not exactly flattered when Vaughn outs Rhys as a Jackofile.
Telling Vaughn about him, then choosing to not tell anyone else about
Jack/refuse to take him back to Helios will make Jack clearly worry.
(and panic) No threats of violence or anger, no clear contempt towards
either of them save playful teasing.
This is still the Handsome Jack
from BL2, he’s just been stripped of his power, so we’re seeing more
sides of his personality other then snark and mood whiplash murder.
He’s egotistical, but he’s not stupid, and if Jack can’t kill someone,
he’s going to at least troll them to death until he can get back on top.
let’s remember that Vaughn and Rhys are Hyperion employees, so even if
Jack is a very VERY bad boss his attitude towards them is going to be
different then how he would treat Pandorans and Vault hunters.
(spontaneous murder not withstanding) So again, I think Jack is very in
character during these scenes.
At this point in the game I don’t
think Jack has changed much from his meaty former left. He seems more
playful yes and clownish sure, but wild animals can seem pretty dossal
when behind bars, and without the option to snack on the people snapping
pictures of them. Just because they can’t kill you doesn’t mean they
don’t want to.
Now let’s get the 'Vasquez almost shooting’ Rhys scene.
moment is important because it’s the first turning point of Jack and
Rhys’s relationship. Till now Jack probably hadn’t even considered the
fact that his life was directly tied to the grunt he was threatening to
kill earlier. (he’s only been 'awake’ for a couple of hours so it’s
understandable) But that 'oh crap’ moment when Vasquez tried to charge
the gun probably hit home with Jack. If Rhys goes, he goes.
leads to Jack being forced to help Rhys by modifying his ECHO-eye.
Though not before making it clear he’d rather just watch them die. Jack
does not have many options right now. He’s being forced to adapt, to
change how he would usually handle a situation.
Again, he’s forced to change his tactics.
course this also leads to the discovery that he can control Rhys’s
robot arm. An 'interesting’ new development indeed, and one the ex CEO
seems pretty happy about. I should also point out after Jack finds this
out he no longer tries to convince Rhys to take him directly back to
Helios. I have no doubts that Jack is starting to calculate just how
he’s going to tip everything in his favor again.
Finally, we get to
the end of Episode 2. At this point Jack is still being an observing
troll. Powerless to really do much save give Rhys some decent comeback
burns against Vasquez. But like in the desert, as soon as things go to
crap, Jack is there offering to help Rhys out; since he’s not exactly
impressed with Fiona’s mysterious grenade bluff. If you trust Jack, the
guy is clearly happy and excited, cackling like a kid before he takes
control of Rhys’s sub-systems. If you trust Fiona Jack tells Rhys that
he’s making a huge mistake.
Interestingly enough, Telltale has
made it clear with episode 3 that Trusting Jack was in fact the better
option for saving everyone, since Vaughn get’s paralyzed in Fiona’s rout
and that stun dart could have easily been a bullet. Jack had a plan,
even if the man was callus about who he shot at, everyone made it out
okay. However, in a nice twist Jacks route seems to be the more damaging
in the long run, for Rhys and everyone around him.
but this post has
gone on long enough. I am planning to write up an examination of the
Caravan scene in episode 3 and Jacks character development possibilities in general.
So till then!