May. 24th, 2012

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So if I hadn't been doing it with a friend and had my cat wandering around at the time during, this movie would have been 100x more boring. Not a lot happened. I didn't care about any of the generic character models or stories involved. I thought that a lot was forced, a lot of character development didn't make sense, and, well... a number of the relatively few plot aspects were like "what?"

So I looked it up just now (having been distracted during the movie by our RL banter), and it appears that the aliens use gold to power their machines.

... While this explains why exactly they went to such lengths to get the substance... I have a lot of questions on this subject.

1) Gold as a POWER SOURCE? Really? Who had this idea? Ignoring the scientific (im)possibility, if it's so rare, why would they use it? I know that petroleum isn't falling from the sky, but it's not so rare that we would be ready to go to OTHER PLANETS in OTHER SOLAR SYSTEMS to find it and then kill and dissect the local populace out of (what sounds like) boredom. In fact, its growing rarity and threat to our world is a reason we are looking at alternative fuels.

There are a number of examples to point out using fictional and real scenarios involving humans as the antagonists. Recent movies such as "Avatar" feature humans going to another world and pushing towards getting rid of (through force) the local population to obtain the important metal that... I forget what it does, but it's probably a fuel source. Looking at other scenarios that don't involve fuel: a number of cultures, including the US, especially, have histories coated in exploiting the less powerful local populations in the way of "progress/profit", frequently leading to the mass death of these less powerful populations.

But I think there's a point where this doesn't become feasible. Unless gold is a DARN-good power source (which, judging by Daniel Craig's wrist gadget alone, is probably true), I cannot picture how leaving the solar system and invading a populated world is worth the trip, especially when one factors in the rarity of the substance. If it's rare, then use SOMETHING ELSE, unless there is a) nothing else to use, or b) you only need a little to last forever. How much of this substance has been used to simply GET to the Earth? And what does gold power? Just EVERYTHING in general? Specific components of the machine? Specific processes? What? Because if it does EVERYTHING, I find it hard to believe that a trip to Earth (which is pretty darn far from most anything) and back, toting quite a bit of extra gold that wasn't there on the incoming journey, is worth it.

Another part of the problem is the sheer antagonism of the aliens. It appears that they are quite ready to eat people and attack whenever, well... whenever. At all times. For a species that had to last through creating a machine so advanced that it can use GOLD as a power source and work intergalactic travel... I find that hard to believe. While the Klingons are an excellent example of similarity... let's not get started on problems in the Star Trek universe. Seriously. Plus, the Klingons are at least willing to band together with others. The aliens in THIS movie were clearly simply designed to be "the menace". You aren't supposed to understand them. They're one step beyond B movie aliens by having some sort of "clear-cut" motive to actually be on the planet other than terrorizing the local human population. We never see the aliens discussing things amongst each other. No attempt at diplomacy is made (mostly because the aliens keep KILLING/CAPTURING humans on sight). One could put forth hive mind mentality, given their tactics... but then they have that vengeful alien that Daniel Craig's character burned, who then tried to kill his character very painfully at the end, showing off his nice scar. That's not really the behavior of a typical member of a hive mind. Drones are replaceable. It doesn't matter if they get hurt.

2) There are no words for not-Tanto. There are really no words.

But I'll try my darndest anyway.

I know basically where this came from and why it was in there. I think it was poorly made. Here is a man who, admittedly, was possibly saved from a life of destitution by random chance by a drunk ex-soldier who is apparently good at torture and running ill-run towns through intimidation, and who was raised as a family servant, and he's treated as a mix of servant and second-class citizen. People who share his ethnic background are insulted by his adoptive father/patron, whatever, without consideration for common sense, the situation, or what. And up to the near end... he wasn't recognized. Why does he like this man? Is it a message of "I understand you. No matter what, I see the good inside you. I can never repay what you did for me. I'm a better person than you are, you drunk white dude, so I can forgive you." What?

Well anyway... I've been doing some other stuff, too. I finished the first Kane Chronicles (or whatever) book, which was good. Long, but good.

Um... cleaning. And reading. And chilling. And spending time with people. And being awkward.

I finally got around to reading this Tin Man fanfiction I've had hanging around forever. Well... I got through to chapter 7 anyway...

I kind of started it up again a while back and gave up cause it was kind of painful to read.

Now I've dropped books before because I found the beginning boring, and I don't want that to be the case unless the story is SO terrible that I would rather swallow sawdust or something than continue reading. I've made it a policy to finish what I start.

So anyway, I got back to reading it because it's been saved on my computer for like... three years or so now. And I had the time and chance and I just needed to do it.

And it uh... it was worse than I remember.

There are a lot of problems with it.

1) Logic seems to go byebye. There are supposedly intelligent heads-of-state (not like people running for office in the US - I mean like actually intelligent people) who have complicated plans and want the best for their people and so on (even if some of their plans are possibly a bit selfish but we won't go there right now - goody-goodies, that's what they are). The decisions they make in the story... not so sensible. Really. Pretty darn far from any definition of the word "sensible", as far as I can tell.
2) These logic screw-ups are really screwing with the way the characters are portrayed. I have watched the Tin Man series a LOT. I've played around with my own ideas for "what happens after" or filling in the blanks between scene changes. I know the characters and story PRETTY well. So when I see characters acting this screwed up... and not just considering the characters (not one of those people who walks around thinking "x would never do a because he thinks b all the time, etc." I just have a vague amount of sense and understanding of how the character works - it's not all that complicated), I get kinda... annoyed. It doesn't make any sense without proper explanation, like an event that made these characters start thinking likes this.
3) The author is blatantly screwing with large chunks of the story cannon. Now, there can be a lot of reasons for this in any story. a) Everyone remembers events differently, b) plot can be changed to suit fanfiction storylines, and is changed a lot, typically in some relatively minor way, c) someone's having a really screwed up dream for some reason, and d) someone went and screwed with the timeline for some reason.

There are a couple problems here, though: a) people would be remembering things REALLY darn differently, b) cannon typically isn't changed THIS much in decent fanfiction, c) no one is, as yet that I am aware of, having a screwed-up dream, and, from what I know of the story, that isn't on the agenda, and d) that isn't on the agenda either.

It can also be explained away as: the author really wanted to see some DGxCain action that was like Twilight written better, and so wrote this fanfiction.

It honestly really can. It's rather sad.

3) This is written like a Twilight version of what could've happened had DG and Cain ended up together. Which is not a good thing in my opinion, and not what I wanted to see. I wanted to see them picking things up after the story ended at the end of the mini-series. I wanted to see DG getting used to have parents and a sister and living in the O.Z.. I wanted to see Glitch reunited with his brain and restored (to whatever extent) to his old self. I wanted to see Raw taking his place among his own kind, and maybe discovering more about his past. I wanted to see how Cain would pick things up with Jeb, and what would happen to the Resistance. Would some of Azkadeelia's forces hold out after she fell? Would the Queen need to Resistance to quell them and restore order to the Queendom? Is Azkadeelia PERFECTLY okay after at least a decade of being possessed by a being of utter evil and committing a great deal of rather heinous acts including EATING people? How do Ahamo and the Queen get used to each other again after so long? How does DG adjust to the idea of never going back to our world? Does she want to? Does she care? Does she just forget it exists? With all of that going on, and a queendom and family in turmoil, along with other confused feelings, how do DG and Cain make things work out? Are there, like the rest of life, bumps in the road?

4) The story is also just... badly written. Better than 90% of the fanfiction out there, which looks like a 2-year old's first try on a keyboard. But still not great. It's too wordy, and I feel like the author had never been acquainted with "less can be more". I don't mean "it doesn't make sense and there are too many complicated words in it." I mean that a lot of these sentences could used a third as many words as they are getting, and it just sounds clunky and stupid. There's also a LOT of repetition. "Cain turned his head. Then there was running. Cain met up with blah blah blah." No. Just... no!

5) The way the story is written overall is random scenes thrown in. I originally thought it was "general timeline after the end of the miniseries intermixed with memories of what happened before." But no. It seems to be "mixed up general timeline slightly before and after the miniseries ended, mixed in with memories of what happened before." So I have no idea what it is going on when, or what has already happened or not. It's very confusing and pretty annoying.

6) The story doesn't seem to be following its own rules. That is a REALLY bad problem in literature. You HAVE to follow your own rules. If you don't... there really is no point in reading it. It isn't good. Events and memories keep changing and it doesn't help and I am just incredibly confused.

So, much as I want to read this, much as I don't think I should let too much go to first impressions... I think I'm going to give this one up. I don't have a lot of reason to read this other than that there are a couple decent plot ideas in the story, interspersed with all that terribleness that makes me want to gag and might end up giving me serious injury if I were to read all 200 pages of it.

This is probably just karma telling me to got off of my butt and finish my friend's fanfiction, as well as the one another friend told me to check out. The first is like 214 more pages, and the second is 65 chapters.

Sigh. Later.


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