Don’t you know??? Crazy ex-girlfriends are the #1 threat to society if you’re so rich, white, male and privileged you don’t care about anything other than yourself!
I think especially for Peebee being romanced by a male Ryder, it comes off as exactly a play-by-play of: “Commitment-phobic rogue academic once went awry experimenting and believing in same-gendered love. NOW she has reformed by trusting in the strong, dudebro arms of her loyal and territorial BOYfriend.”
It bothered me in Origins, and it definitely bothers me now (again the two bi characters in that game had crazy ex girlfriends!). What troubles me too is that Zia Cordier’s death seems so unnecessary and somewhat untied.
What does “Precious Cargo” actually accomplish for Reyes as an important character and for the Pathfinder in terms of plot development?
Does it progress the Kadara storyline so as to curry favor with Reyes? I guess… check?
But why would they need to mix “business with pleasure” by having an evil ex-girlfriend have a more IMPERSONAL reason for taking down Reyes? (i.e. economic competition) ….. LEAVE THE BOX BLANK
Not to mention, why do they make Zia actually have a more personal reason for taking him down with the following interaction:
Zia: That’s why you [Reyes] don’t have any friends. You’re selfish. Ryder: Reyes is a better man than you think. Zia: Oh honey, you’ve no idea how wrong you are, but you will.
Legit Zia sounds like the personification of “hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.” SHE was the wounded party in this relationship, but for some reason she needs to die for resisting and acting against Reyes’s lies. And fantastically enough, Reyes proves Zia right by using Ryder the entire time for his “death by a thousand cuts” plan against Sloane!!!!!
What is my point in all of this?!
I am just tired of a woman being sloppily included in a narrative for the sole purpose of developing the main character (often male), but the premise of her being there is so tenuous to begin with that you end up sympathizing with the “crazy ex girlfriend pixie” and seeing the trope for what it is: a pretense to shut a rebellious woman up in the most violent way possible. It’s lazy writing.
Precious cargo should’ve been the following:
actual rep of “local smuggling union” unaffiliated with Reyes attempting to take him down
The quest asks you to read between the lines in that it reveals a.) how powerful Reyes is in the amount of people he’s pissed off b.) the danger of cozying up with a guy like that and c.) the fact that in the end he is more sorry about the lack of money than having to kill anyone should again highlight his selfish interests.
And with THAT alternative questline, a Ryder who tries to hammer the point that “not everything is about credits” can actually even bring about change in Reyes. I.e.: “wow Ryder helped me and didn’t care that they got nothing out of it. THEIR FEELINGS FOR ME MUST BE SINCERE, AND I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT’S LIKE!” The PC killing his ex girlfriend makes that crucial lesson fall flat and become a rather misogynistic (even if PC is a woman!) practice than a sincere show of affection.
The Kane Chronicles is honestly one of the most overlooked series ever?? It’s such a blessing honestly and I LOVE the characters. Anyway, here are: fite child, smol son, queen of my heart, and Lord of Emo.