You and Australet have made valiant efforts to reassure a disconcerted fandom after Running with Scissors. You've confronted some troubling prospects and rationalized them pretty well, at least in the context of a silly cartoon that shouldn't be taken TOO seriously. That said, I've not seen a response adressing one particular point that has bothered me: Marco's apparent thoughlessness and selfishness in abandoning his life to hunt down Heckapoo. (1/2)
You’ve characterized Marco’s decision to remain in Heckapoo’s dimension(s) as a step in his journey of maturation, as a way of gaining self-confidence. Yet I see it as incredibly thoughtless of him to leave his parents, possible gf, and best friend behind without any consideration for how they would deal with his absence. In 16 years, did he never feel a pang of guilt, wonder how Star had reacted to his abrupt exit from her life? All for a pair of scissors and feelings of self-confidence? (2/2)
About the other part of your Ask, you’re absoluetely right: while the implications of Marco being older than he looks can actually be explained (and/or rationalized) rather well, as in the post above, his initial decision to spend 16 years in Hekapoo’s dimension is… hard to digest. Even more when he has experienced first hand the pain of having (very temporarily) lost Star in Mewberty
and when the segment paired with Running With Scissors, Baby, had the theme of “Star may have to go home”, featuring a concerned Marco.
How could Marco do something like that, leaving his loved one without saying anything? I have no explanation, and we might never have one. I can only offer some observations and ideas, to lessen the pain:
- Marco is a very determined person. This is a good quality. Hoewever, this also often stray to being stubborn, almost obsessed. We’ve seen a positive example of this in Red Belt, with Marco being ready to do anything to achieve his goal, and a negative one in Fetch, where Marco is focused for a day and a half on trying to pierce open a juice box.
In this episode, there are two layers to Marco’s unhealthy determination, getting back the scissors Star borrowed him, and proving his worth to Hekapoo -and himself.
As usual, it’s hard to tell if Adam’s tweets are just about his personal opinion, or about things Daron/the directors told him while explaining the script. But right now any official source is good to give us comfort.
- Marco refused to go home when Hekapoo offered him to. Maybe he didn’t get any other chances, after that. Maybe once the trial to earn the scissors starts, the only way out is to succeed, getting your own pair. In this case, Marco might have been at fault for refusing to give up, but after that, going on with his quest was the only way out. Cue to Marco crying himself to sleep for months thinking about the life he lost before finally focusing all of himself on the mission.
- Hekapoo’s words make it sound like earning the scissors is no easy feat, something that can take “lifetimes”. This, plus the dimension unique timeline, that leaves no lasting effects once exited, could mean that spending years to get the scissors is standard fare around the Multiverse. Not really that comforting, but at least it’d mean that this is “normal”.
- As before, hard to tell how canon it is, but a couple of Adam’s tweets make it sound like… Marco didn’t notice the time passing. It… doesn’t make much sense. Maybe. I don’t know. Might have something to do with the dimension’s unique nature.
While not enough to ease our souls, this is kind of shown in the episode: as soon as Star gets there, Marco immediatly rushes to hug her, and to excitedly tell her about the incredible things he did. While the surface level of the episode obviously made anyone wonder WHAT THE FUCK went through Marco’s mind, I think that the impression we are supposed to take home is that Marco basically stayed away for “some time”, not for a lifetime. A vacation abroad, as an experience to reinvent himself, before being back to real life, ultimately valuing his loved ones over living a fantasy.
In conclusion, it’s normal and fair to talk about this, and it’s normal to see it as a stain on a greatly written character. But knowing that this is a cartoon that often uses over the top plot devices (even though this time it’s TOO over the top not to have an impact on us fans), we should’t give more importance to what happened off-screen over what happened on screen. Adult!Marco was ready, after barely a moment of hesitation, to leave the fantasy life he built for himself to go back to the less fulfilled, but potentially more fulfilling, real life with those he loves.
And it looks like it didn’t take him long at all to welcome it back as if he had never left.
Signed: Somone who is waaaay too emotionally invested in the characters in this show.
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