Hi Li! Thank you for taking the time to read and review the rest of Arc One!
I will address each mini-review separately!
I'm liking the growing rapport between Nick and Roger, their personalities seem to strangely compliment each other somehow despite Nick's sometimes cold demeanour.
"This was probably how it looked before the apocalypse."
I'm liking Roger more and more. Death, violence, monsters ... where's the chocolate? A man after my own heart. The reveal of the day-things hits us at just the time, just as we start to think the guys will at least be safe during the day. I'm predicting many more of these little cliffhangers!
I'm glad you are able to sense this relationship between Nick and Roger. You worry sometimes about these types of things really shining through, especially in such a short format. Nick does come across a bit cold sometimes, it's because right now in this early stage, he is so focused on simply getting to Janine, he hasn't really become attached to anyone else. This changes as the series wears on and he begins to form a psuedo-family with the group.
One thing to quickly learn about Blood Borne - there will always be cliffhangers and there will always be danger!
It's nice to see Nick showing more of his caring side towards Roger. I guess it would be easy to forget to care about other people in a situation like this. It's interesting that the infected have taken people prisoner to turn into their own instead of just tearing them apart, suggests that they have some kind of intelligence left and aren't just mindless monsters. Though apparently not smart enough to lock the basement door or chain them up.
Logan is a dick.
And I was right about the cliffhanger. An infected who can talk? Hmm ...
That part probably should have been made more clear. They were locked into the basement, but it was supposed to be as if the infected that were being controlled by Marcus sort of didn't know what they were doing unless he was around to influence and control them. I think once you get to the last 2 webisodes of Arc 1, it becomes more clear about his influence on the others. Logan is definitely a dick, and will continue to be a dick - in fact, he does something REALLY BAD in Arc Two......so just wait.
You will learn more about what exactly is/was up with Marcus in Arc Three.
Fern is starting to grow on me, the little comments about wishing she was one of the people who left Little Creek makes her more sympathetic and less "I'm having a breakdown over here". Roger is still stealing the show for me though. Does the man ever think about anything except food?
Though I'm not entirely sure there's much sense in heading back towards the town they all just escape from barely intact ... a milkshake does sound good.
I like Beth, I can see her being the motherly one of the group. I interpreted her comment about not wanting to have a child in this world as being a really sad thing, but I don't think she could stop herself being motherly on first impression.
And the cliffhanger. Oh, shit.
Fern is an interesting character. She is supposed to be this subservient, quiet wallflower type of individual, one who's spent her whole life being repressed and oppressed. It's funny because this apocalypse has probably set her free more than anything else could have, because now she can be indepedent and stand up for herself.
Just to clarify, they were not going back towards the center of town to go to Molly's Diner. They were on their way out of town and Fern told the group that the diner is right by the border of town, where the interstate is. But Roger did really want that milkshake!
Beth's story is one that I can't WAIT for the readers to see over the course of the entire first season. Once we get to Arc Five....oh man....holy CRAP, just wait!!!
Me loves cliffhangers.
The attack was really well written, very tense with all the discoveries the gang are making about what the infected are capable of. I wasn't sure they were going to get out of there and I was surprised they all managed to survive!
The ending was very interesting, this new infected somehow gaining some awareness by eating Marcus' flesh. I'm intrigued.
Overall, I enjoyed this first arc. It's tense, well written, occasionally horrific and full of interesting little characters and situations. I'm looking forward to learning more about the infected, where they come from and how the hell this little band of survivors are going to get shot of them. I think this was particularly interesting for me as well, to see how someone else has tackled this genre in webisode format.
I wanted everyone to survive because it puts the audience on guard. It makes you wonder if and when these people will die. It was really difficult for me to make this decision, but ultimately, I decided it would actually make people MORE wary about the future of these characters if they all survived so far. If I killed someone in 1x06, not only would it not have as much weight to it because we haven't spent enough time with them to truly be 100% invested, but also leaving them all alive makes you wonder just WHEN it might happen...
Don't expect to get TOO much on the infected to who has seemingly been affected by Marcus's flesh in the next arc. We WILL be going back to that storyline, but there are more pressing matters that must be dealt with first.
I love how this series is open to ALL kinds of infected. There will be many types that we get introduced to over the course of the series. In the next arc, we meet an ENTIRELY new kind that is nothing like what we've seen so far....
Arc One: 8/10
WOO HOO! That is an awesome score! Thank you so much, Li! I appreciate all of your thoughts, compliments and questions. I think I read your post like five times before responding because I just couldn't stop laughing/giggling/smiling.