I went through all the times Dark made an
appearance in yesterday’s videos again, including the old ones (don’t blink, don’t
move and relax). Here are my thoughts (this turned out way longer than planned, and it’s not even all, yay for way to much theorizing?):
If you’ve found the Exit video, you know
that after you go through the door, you see Dark smiling at you and you get put back into prison. Dark made the loop.
Like @caustic-synishade pointed out here (and Mark “confirmed”): he wants you to get stuck in the game. Now I was thinking,
why the prison? Mark even said at
the beginning that he’s seen us before, so that would make more sense right?
But consider this: the only way you can get Mark killed in the game, without
Dark making a clear appearance, is by choosing to split up. That event only occurs when you escape the prison again, Dark wants you to find this other
option. This way, you make it easier for him to take over. He doesn’t even have
to go through all of the trouble of killing Mark, you took care of that. (More
on Dark taking over later)
So, Dark makes a clear appearance when you
choose the Horror play in the theatre. There are some (okay, way too many) things
that caught my attention regarding his powers. First, Mark disappears. Dark appears
on the stage, your vision gets stretched and weird. Next thing you know, you’re
somewhere else, with Dark in front of you. This, suddenly appearing somewhere
else, happens a lot in the videos with and without Dark. The ones with Dark are more sudden, unlike the other ones, where Mark hugs you, puts his hands before
your eyes, etc. I think he also did this during the Exit video, like I pointed out before, when you are
suddenly put back in the prison. This makes me think that Dark is capable of some
serious telekinesis (I have so much more to say about this! So I’ll probably do
a different post on what I think Dark’s powers are, with more detail and
His behaviour is also very interesting
(during the Horror, Freedom and Leftvideos)! Like @http-jack says in this post (thank you for putting my thoughts together so well!), Dark is serious business.
He wears a suit, makes sure he speaks clearly, puts his hands behind his back
and has good posture. This guy is bursting of self-confidence and he doesn’t play
around. But that doesn’t mean he never loses his temper. Every single time he
raises his voice, you can see that he didn’t mean that to happen. He fixes his
tie and jacket, sighs and continues his speech. If we say that the options
Dark gives you at the end of Horror are
the “canon” times he made an appearance, then he’s been around since June 2012. More than
enough time to get seriously pissed off.
Not only his behaviour, but also the things
he says lead me to believe that Dark is anything but happy with Mark. “I’ve been pushed
aside. Replaced. Mocked. And then, he had the gall to not invite me to his
little adventure with you. No more. Never again. It’s my turn now.”
He’s angry with Mark’s arrogance and ignorance towards him. He’s waited long enough, giving Mark the change to do this willingly, but if Mark won’t
let him in, he’ll do it himself. He’s jealous of all of the attention Mark’s
been getting, while he was humiliated and forgot. He’s desperate to show off
how stupid Mark was for ignoring him. “Take your pick, anything of four different choices. More than he could’ve ever given you. (…) If dinner is what you want, then I can
provide. And I can take you wherever you’d like to go. (…) I can give you
anything! (…) There’s nothing you, or he, can do to stop me!” He shows off how
strong he is and how weak Mark is beside him. He straight up says he can give you so much more than Mark, you just have to let him in, it’s as simple as that.
Dark’s loving all the attention he’s
finally getting. He’s putting up one hell of a show. He shows off his powers, mocks Mark and he pretends he gives you a choice (with the loop the choice at
the end of Horror). Even though Mark puts
up a fight, I don’t think Dark ever really leaves or gave any of us a choice:
I’ll talk more about the difference in the
speech of Mark and Dark in the Right
and Left videos in the powers post, but at the end of
both videos, it’s clear Dark is still there. When you “accidentally” kill Mark,
it’s clear Dark’s still here and here to stay. “But now we’re going to be
If you actually shoot Dark, he’s not gone. In the Right video, your vision is still somewhat distorted, but the
actual Mark is there. Dark never left and he didn’t actually give you a choice,
he took control. It’s his turn now.
Now, I was thinking, why is Dark so
obsessed with getting a connection between you and him? “I’ve been waiting a
long time to get some, personal time between us. (…) So, now that we are here
together, we can really get know each other.”
Consider this: he needs us. He can take over Mark, but Mark’s able to push him
out. But we’re not. Mark’s there in his physical form, we’re not. He knows that
Mark cares a lot about us, so what does he do? Make us suffer. He loves to see Mark suffer (in don’t blink and relax, Mark’s hurt in some way), and he knows he can hurt him by
If you read the whole thing, thank you! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
I’ll do way more theorizing on things like: Is Dark there the entire time? What
are his powers? What even is he? How far
does this rabbit hole even go? Who knows Dark, who knows.
So I’ve got some bad news and I’ve got some good news.
The bad news: I’m now on medical leave from work.
I’ve been struggling with some medical issues for years now, but they’ve been progressively getting worse and worse, and now I’m at a point where I just can’t be on my feet or just generally active for more than a few minutes at a time, let alone long enough to work a shift.
Doctors have been struggling to figure out a diagnosis. So far all that we know is that it’s probably something neurological. I’ve got some tests this week that hopefully will shed some light on things, but honestly, I’m not overly optimistic. So until things get figured out and I can get some sort of treatment started, I’m on leave from work.
Which means no new retales for the time being.
The good news: This does not mean I’m out of content.
I’ve had a lot of projects I’ve been working on/wanting to work on for a while now, but between work and the physical/emotional toll that going through work, I haven’t been able to give them my full attention. Thankfully, being bedridden goes hand-in-hand with digital content in my case.
I’ve got a Target Retales podcast in the works! In fact, the first episode is going to be published later tonight!
I’ve got a YouTube channel! A lot of you are subscribed, but I’ve neglected it for the last couple of months. But now I’m back in action, posting at least once a week if not twice, and I’ve got some great plans for videos coming up!
I’ve got a couple other podcasts in the works! I’ve teased the one wherein I over-analyze pop media and expose the terrifying truths of fictional universes (Lightning McQueen is an abuser?), and I’m planning a scripted D&D comedy series!
And I’ve been teasing one huge project for months and months now, but I’ve had to put it off for a while with everything going on, but now I can finally buckle down and get to work on it, so I feel ready to let you guys in on the secret.
I’m working with an agency and writing a Target Retales book.
So even if I’m not releasing new stories, there’s still a TON of content coming, both Retales-related and not!
Wanna help me out?
There is, of course, the catch. While I’m super excited to be able to work on all of my projects, I’m now not able to work at work, which is, you know, how money is made.
I’m taking medical leave from work, no new Retales will be released but all sorts of projects are still in the works, including a podcast and a book, and I’m offering a cool bonus if you support me during this rough patch on my Patreon.
Thank you all so much for all the support you’ve shown me since the start. I wouldn’t be where I am without you and I hope you enjoy the content I continue to make.
Sorry I’ve gone AWOL. TLDR reason: I’ve been working on a video game all this while. Will elaborate more in my next post.
Anyway, THANK YOU to everybody who has left me wonderful messages & still follow this poor old neglected blog. I’ll try to keep this updated as often as I can with lots more yummy art from now on.
In the meantime, here’s the ever adorable MEI from Overwatch! I’ve been playing this game a lot recently & it’s super fun! Don’t worry, there’s plenty more Disney fanart in the works. I’ll be posting them here soon.