Athena or Eileen or Jack
I’ve seen several other posts about Athena as an Eileen mirror (starting from the fact she couldn’t hear Sam and Jack because of her headphones). But Jack’s actions sort of boost the 12.17 parallels through the roof:
Sam introduced Jack, and Athena made a comment about Jack being too young to be an FBI agent as Jack sort of wandered off like a lost kid. Sam handwaved it with, “He’s in training. He was top of his class.”
And if that doesn’t just remind me of Renny “Top of my class at Kendricks” Rawlings…
But at that point, it’s JACK that takes over Eileen’s position from 12.17. He pulled the exact same sort of accidental “I was aiming for the bad guy and oopsie killed an innocent bystander, AKA top of his class Renny.”
And this for Jack was as good as shooting himself… or the Nougaty human part of himself. Just like Eileen shooting Renny with the Colt while she was aiming for Dagon, because Dagon set the situation up exactly that way (essentially “framed” Eileen to kill Renny). It truly wasn’t Eileen’s fault. Just like the guard’s death truly wasn’t Jack’s fault. But just like with Eileen, that doesn’t change the way they feel about it.
Dave set the guard up, telling him not to try and be a hero, or he’d end up dead. And that’s exactly what the guard was doing– trying to be a hero, sneaking up on Dave just as Jack unleashed his power in Dave’s direction. The guard shouldn’t have been there, just like Renny shouldn’t have been standing opposite to where all the people firing guns were standing… it was just a terrible coincidence, but for Jack it was a sort of confirmation of however good his intentions, his power is still dangerous to people.
So he runs.
One final note on Athena… Dave just wanted to “protect” her and take care of her, and he wanted her to just sit there and let him do so. He claimed everything he was doing (from killing Deputy Carl to robbing the bank) was for us. And Athena had already given up on him, and I wanted to high five her when she yelled “There is no us.”
Poor Athena got splattered with Dave. I hope she goes on to have a long and successful career in SFX makeup