Zeku wrote:To be fair to Rob (and the totally free content) we've gotten a lot of story, more than we did when Erfworld first started. But the fractured nature of it, and the portal roadblock, has been tedious. I'll be so happy when this particular plot point is resolved. It definitely feels like too much expository setup with no actual plot progression. Parson is unquestionably a main character, and the character who is one of the least interesting, Jillian, has been getting endless attention.
I think more than anything else, we need to see Parson in control again. The inexplicable stupidity of his journey through the MK, and the rather obvious nature of the trap being laid for him, is simply uncharacteristic for him, regardless of his feelings about war. I'll be satisfied if it's revealed that he has a specific plan in mind upon breaching the portal. I think we also need clarity about who Parson is. He can't be a Sylar, turning good or bad based on the necessities of his situation or what time of day it is. He either needs to embrace his callous role as a Perfect Warlord, or embrace humanity, and start doing strategically useless things.
This is the critical moment. He's just gotten a lot of key confirmations about the players at work here, what's going on in Erfworld, and who and what Charlie, the hippiemancers, and the thinkamancers are. Regardless of good or evil, he as an individual must choose what he believes in, what he's fighting for, and pursue it with the skill and precision he's known for. I definitely get the feeling that Rob has been drawing from the forum posts, to determine what's going on in Erf, and that can't happen this time. What's happens next will be based on who the individual characters actually are.
Charlie is established as a killer, he will destroy a stupidworlder to maintain 'the Royals,' which we infer to mean his own supremacy. Pason does not know this. The thinkamancers see Charlie as a threat, but it's not revealed exactly what it is they don't like about him, other than his ubiquitous nature. The hippiemancers are 100% hypocritical, but we're assuming for now that this is an essential part of being a peace lover in a world built for endless war.
If Rob is going for a Gainax ending (nothing makes any sense) or a CLAMP ending (the Big Bad is actually the Savior of the World) then anything goes for any character. But if he's playing things straight, we know for sure who the good guys and bad guys are, and it's time to start resolving things. It's time for Parson to make his choices.
It's time for the holidays. The schedule is gonna get screwy again, unless the thankless masses in the forum demand that the writer and artist forsake their holidays for our own entertainment. My view is that this has gone on for so long that another few episodes is not going to make a lot of difference. Forumites have been complaining about how long this has taken to resolve after the first three episode pause. There's something in store, and it requires certain players to be in place for it all to happen. Also, after this much build up, the release is going to have to be well time and well worth it. One or two episodes of resolution is gonna be like waiting two years to score with a really hot chick, and then blowing everything after ten seconds.
If book 1 is any indication of how things are going to progress, we have at least two dozen episodes before a lot of action takes place. The last two episodes indicate that we are already ahead of that.
As for the Jillian storyline, there has to be some parallel between Olive and the current hippymancers. There is going to be more tie-in than just using familiar characters in a before-time story. It's either going to connect to the start of book 1, or lead into book 0.5. My guess for Book 0.5 would be Wanda's life at Faq, leading up to the Fall of Faq, and covering events such as Stanley finding the Hammer, Jetstone finding the Pliers, further development of Charlie, the aftermath of Haffaton, and exposition of more caster types. ).5 would be less focused on Jillian and more on Wanda, Jack, Marie, and possibly Sizemore in his role under King Saline. Book 0.5 would also be a good source for info about the fall of Saline and Stanley's rise to power. Maybe run Stanley's story in parallel to Wanda in Faq's story, until they unite with the fall of Faq (which then leads straight into the start of Book 1, with a few dozen turns left out that we can piece together exactly what happened).