I sometimes wonder what episode ‘formats’ Supernatural hasn’t done yet and what I’d like to see them try, regardless if it’s already been done or not.
@starsinursa reblogged a post (I’m on mobile so sorry for lack of link) about 13x01 and just having it be dean sitting there with cas for 40 minutes.
Of course, my second thought was ‘what if they tried to do a 24 type episode?’ in which basically everything that happens in the ep takes place during one hour of their lives.
Well, what would we see in an hour out of a day of team free will?
-Baby driving through Kansas wheat fields on the way out of the state
-Sam, Dean, and Cas researching in the library
-Their morning post-wake up routines (if they’re quick enough, we also get breakfast)
-Gear check and loading up Baby for a hunt
-Supply restock where they get strange looks from other customers and the cashier
-Chores around the Bunker
-Meal time at a diner
-Post hunt drinks (bar, motel, or Bunker)
-Firearms practice in the range (bonus teaching Cas not just how to use a handgun, but maintain it as well)
-Whatever workouts they do in the gym
-Bunker prank war
-Meal time at Jody’s
Okay, now I really want this, but I’ll settle for a 'day in the life of team free will when not on a hunt’ (which may be more feasible and less boring than an hour of wheat fields)
Howdy! Sorry if you've already done a post about this or if it's even part of the latest one, still kinda reading it, but as I was, one question came up: why does Chara change depending on what run is done? (Assuming NaraChara is true.) Like, why aren't they 'evil' in the pacifist run but are such way in geno? I'd love to hear your thoughts. <3
During a non-genocide route the narration is rather neutral. In fact, the narration is ambiguous enough that it is difficult to determine just who it comes from. This is what makes the NarraChara theory still a theory, and not absolute canon fact. Still, there is enough circumstantial evidence to support this theory in the game.
If it is assumed that the NarraChara theory is true, this means that Chara’s comments change from neutral to cruel depending on which route is taken. It also means that if a genocide route is aborted, Chara abruptly switches from first-person comments back to passive second-person narration.
Is this abrupt switch unconscious or deliberate? The fact that passive narration occurs in aborted genocide runs and the soulless pacifist route implies that Chara’s narration is deliberate. After all, it’s in Chara’s best interest not to frighten the Player or Frisk. In order to cooperate with the Player, Chara needs the Player to believe they are in full control.
In the past, Chara died with Asriel because Asriel was not 100% committed to their plan. When Chara tried to use their “full power” against the humans without Asriel’s consent, Asriel resisted, ruining everything. Chara cannot afford to make the same mistake twice.
In the genocide route, the Player is proving to Chara that they aren’t afraid to kill. This makes the Player a much better partner than Asriel was. Chara’s narration changes from passive to enabling, keeping the Player interested. As Chara’s strength grows, it’s imperative that the Player “keep attacking,” without knowing that Chara is planning to take control away from them.
Chara must not show their hand too early, otherwise the Player might realize Chara is planning to take control, and abandon the route to save themself. This is why if a unique encounter is spared, the route is aborted and Chara switches back to neutral narration. The Player did not fully commit, just like Asriel. However, Chara is willing to wait for the Player to fully commit as opposed to rushing things as they did before. If the Player has come this far, they can wait for the next playthrough.
Finally, there is some debug-exclusive content that implies there was originally going to be stronger hints about being shadowed or possessed by Chara. This adds credence to not just the NarraChara theory, but also that Chara may have had sinister intent.
As pleasant as NarraChara is, someone in the grass can see Chara following Frisk with a “creepy smile.” This expression is well attributed to Chara.
Also in debug, a being that looks like a combination of Frisk and Chara can be seen in the puddle’s reflection. Perhaps this was not included in the full game because it would give away too much about Chara’s presence early on.
In short, Chara masks their true intentions in a non-genocide route, allowing the Player to believe that Chara is not a threat. In the genocide route, Chara reveals more of their intentions as the Player proves they are receptive to Chara’s cruel advice.
Hi! I've been reading a lot of the meta you've posted about Scott's character, and I was wondering whether your opinions about him have changed at all, after series 3B (assuming that you watched it all, of course). If you've already talked about this, sorry, I must've missed it, but could you maybe direct me to the post/s? Your meta has been really interesting and thought-provoking so far, I'd like to read more. Thank you! Xx
Thank you very much.
It’s hard for me to look at 3b without utter frustration, and Scott’s arc in particular is no exception.
I think the best thing that can be said about Scott in season 3b is that he takes advice from people smarter than him - Lydia, for one - but apart from that, I really didn’t see much that justified him being an alpa, and a pack leader.
I liked the way he found his anchor - I thought it made a lot of sense that for him to gain access to his alpha powers, he’d have to take a different road than the twins, and I could appreciate the way he roared to make Malia change back, because Scott was aiming to save her. But that was episode two. I really liked the first two episodes and it went downhill from there.
There was his blossoming romance with Kira, and it was about as original as Harlequin, the show repeating itself with Scott falling in love with the new girl in town from a mysterious family background. They’re cute together, but in a season that had so little time for its main characters, their scenes mostly annoyed me. They sure as hell didn’t advance anyone’s anything. They established a connection between Kira and the pack, and gave Scott a means to hear about the origins of Echo House and the nogitsune, but that could have done in other ways.
Then Kincaid. In a way, I’m still waiting for a resolution because the heavy foreshadowing - I can’t imagine that the show will really spare Scott from the full consequences of his actions.
Kincaid wiped the floor with him, and it was the twins who beat Kincaid, despite being betas, and Scott - claiming an authority he hadn’t earned - decided to spare Kincaid’s life in yet another act of mercy, very in characer for him, but also very risky, and in all seriousness? Scott hadn’t earned the right to make this decision. The whole action had been planned by Alison and Lydia, the twins had done the dirty work, and then they defered to Scott just because they desperately wanted to be in his pack. They let Scott have his will. But Scott, in that situatison, was not the powerful player. If someone else lets you have power, then it’s not yours, then you’re a puppet, a figure head. If the twins had decided to kill Kincaid after all, what could Scott have done? Nothing.
The twins even said it: “We know people like him.” Scott had a fair warning, but as always, he did what he thought was right, and with a lame-ass declaration at Kincaid - one that, imo, really lacked any kind of conviction.
And there are plenty of ways the show could have used that scene to screw Scott over. By having Kincaid attacking them at the worst possible moment to get back his scroll and maybe slit Scott’s throat to take his alpha powers, or shoot Allison, or whatever.
I’m still trying to decide if the writing of Teen Wolf is in fact as bad as I think it is, or if I’m massively underestimating Jeff Davis. Both is possible. Athenadark and others go for the latter; I’m not quite as sure.
If I trusted the show more, I’d say that this scene was just a part of the build-up that’s going to make Scott fall and go dark at some point. That they’ll use Allison’s death to advance his arc, with his fear of losing another person close to him now a lot more acute. And another death - Melissa’s, for example - might be the breaking point.
I really hope the show will take this road (not with Melissa, but in general) because if that doesn’t happen - if Scott always gets away with things like these, if they don’t cost him anything - then we’re left with the world blandest morality of werewolf Jesus - a seventeen year old whose pacifist goodness sways Yakuza wolves and demon wolves and whoever else.
Somehow I can’t imagine Jeff Davis going for that, but on the other hand, I have yet to see him put Scott through the wringer. (Unless, of course, he’s planning to have Scott die a martyr’s death at some point, much like real Jesus.)
What I missed from Scott in this season was any kind of initiative or impact, or intensity - something that justified him being the leader everyone claims he is. To me, it looked like everyone else had great ideas, and Scott mostly had to be prompted to do something.
While Stiles used the doll to lure Malia to them, all Scott had to do was to roar her into submission. If we were in a role play setting, I’d say it was rolling dice to activate a skill rather than solving the problem in a way that merited experience points.
Lydia and Allison made the plan to get the scroll. Kincaid wiped the floor with Scott, yet Scott was allowed to decide over his fate. The one conflict the narrative had set up for Scott - having to bite Stiles, something he didn’t want to do but was prepared to do anyway - was resolved by conveniently having the nogitsune spit out real Stiles so they had different bodies. Another example of Scott not having to go through with something he announced (much like killing Jennifer).
Oh, and that episode, right. Almost everyone (except for Scott,that is) fought the oni. It was Lydia who came up with the idea to ask Peter for help. It was Peter who suggested breaking into Stiles’ mind, and Peter who insisted Scott took Lydia with him. It was Lydia who had to remind Scott of his supernatural strength that enabled him to break the restraints. It was Lydia who told Scott to roar and call the real Stiles.
The same with the finale, where it was Stiles who realized that the Oni weren’t real, and had to tell Scott before Scott, brave little soldier that he is, endured their blows and made the way to the door.
So I think the best thing that can be said about 3b is that Scott was his usual adorable puppy-self, and barked and bit on command.
And believe me, I know how harsh that sounds, but there is very little in this season to convince me otherwise.
Scott wasn’t the player. But for some reason, everyone still defered to him as one, and if you’ve read the rest of my meta, then you already know how much that irks me.
And Derek’s speech in the season finale? I heard Derek describing himself, not Scott.