Season 1 Character Arcs:
edited 30th May '10 1:00:47 AM by Ironeye
In the Beginning (1&2)In the first few episodes, the viewers get mixed signals from Ironeye. He's fairly clearly Kara's right hand man, handling organization, information, and the like—he's the one who knows what's going on. On the other hand, some scenes in the first episode show that he has a tendency to focus on his own thoughts over the events unfolding around him. When it comes to Hikari, he cheerfully explains to the kid why he (Hikari) wasn't left in the swamp with his throat slit, without any indication that murdering a teenager in cold blood would be a problem for him. On the other hand, he has a few moments where he shows kindness and warmth towards the new member of the team. Adding on to this mess is the scene where he's washing off a vial of what is strongly implied to be hydra blood, with no explanation given. In short, he's a bit of a mystery to the viewers—it's unclear how much he's lost in his own little world, whether or not he's got a moral compass at all, and what the hell he's up to.
Answering Questions...kinda (3&4)Things get a bit clearer when we get more scenes with him that aren't focused on Hikari or the missions. No, he's not particularly in touch with the events around him, but he is quite capable of focusing on his work. He's probably not a sociopath—he just has a weird sense of humor. The kindness is an act—because most of the team is so hostile to Hikari, he sees an advantage in getting Hikari to trust him. Above all else, he seems to be a seeker of information, always trying to learn more about what's going on.
A New Point of View (5&6)As the season nears its middle, the audience gets to see a new side of Ironeye, particularly through a private conversation with Kara. Though he has so far come across as a schemer who fakes warmth to serve his own purposes, his insecurity and vulnerability come out when he has some time alone with his boss, in a reveal of his devotion to her. The end of E5 gives Ironeye his first bit of character development: he realizes that his kindness to Hikari isn't an act any more. Aside The final bit in this section is Ironeye convincing Kara to lay off Hikari in E6.
Dropping the G-Bomb (7)The next twist comes when Cody gets pissed off at Ironeye and decides to strike back by telling Hikari that Ironeye is gay. (There had been hints the entire time, but nothing explicit.) Hikari (as per Cody's intention) freaks out a bit, misinterpreting Ironeye's attention as Ironeye trying to get into his pants. This leads to an awkward scene where Hikari can't spit it out, while Ironeye tries to make Hikari feel comfortable saying what's on his mind by putting an arm on his shoulder, pulling him in close, etc...totally not helping, of course. When Hikari finally says what he's thinking, Ironeye explains that he thinks of Hikari more as a younger brother (a slight sorrowful pause here foreshadows the reveal of Ironeye and Kara's past in Season 2). When Hikari in confusion reveals what Cody said, Ironeye confirms that it is the truth (and files away the knowledge of Cody's plot—this comes back in Season 2 as well).
Out of Focus (8&9)For the next few episodes, Ironeye is Out of Focus, having gotten quite a bit of attention in 5-7.
Matrix Freaks Out (10)The tenth episode features an infiltration mission—thriller material instead of action. At one point, Ironeye pulls a Fake-Out Make-Out with Matrix so that it doesn't look like they're some place they don't belong for malicious reasons. While the two have Ho Yayed it up before, it's never gone this far, so Matrix has a bit of a freak out. He just then figures out that Ironeye is gay (prompting a Flashback Cut to blindingly obvious hints), screwing up the friendship the two of them have. The friction between the two of them endangers the mission as Ironeye fumbles through an explanation that though Matrix is quite attractive, it's totally not like that.
The Finale (11&12)The season finale is pretty heavy on plot, but the one bit that is important for character development is that Ironeye and Matrix manage to patch things back up. Also, there are hints that Ironeye and Murky might actually start casually talking to each other.
- Kara: Revelations, but not much development
- Matrix: Development (but no revelations—this is pretty much what it looks like on the surface)
- Hikari: Revelations and development
- Murky: Hints at future development
- arks: Nothing of note
- Cody: Hints at future development
- Kara: Covered
- Ironeye: Covered
- Cody: Covered
- Matrix: Needs more (I pretty much did 10 and 11 for you, so that leaves 2-7 and 9.)
- Murky: Needs something (anyone want to cover this one?)
- arks: Needs something (go, arks, go!)
- Hikari: Needs something (I'll try talking to him on Vent the next time he shows up.)
Episodes 1 & 2He is a cat. Who meows. And stuff. He is hilariously bad at combat, has a hopeless crush on Murky, and is generally the comic relief of the team, of a Butt Monkey variety who isn't really taken seriously. He makes friends with Hikari. Kara likes to pet him in Skitty form.
Episodes 3 & 4He chafes at being the Butt Monkey who isn't taken seriously.
Episodes 5 - 9His chafing will probably show a bit more. Also, in the latter half, his intelligence (that he is hiding because people like cute & playful, not an insecure pedant) will begin to show slightly. Despite his entirely intentional Obfuscating Stupidity, sometimes the urge to correct somebody who's done a big malapropism is just too strong to resist.
Episode 10Infiltration mission with Ironeye. Fake-Out Make-Out. Ironeye is gay. Matrix freaks out.
Episodes 11 & 12Patches things up with Ironeye, but things won't be completely the same from now on..
Ironeye: friendship, revelations, and development
Murky: unrequited love fail
Cody: oblivious to dislike
edited 11th May '10 1:43:14 PM by Matrix
edited 11th May '10 10:32:57 PM by arks
- Age Difference
- Murky: 2 years
- arks: 4 years
- Ironeye: 8 years
- Authority within the team
- Murky and arks: none
- Ironeye: #2
- Similarity of Circumstances
- Murky: Been around for four months
- arks: The most recent "new guy"
- Ironeye: Founding member
- Amount of apparent personality difference
- Murky: Opposites
- arks: Quite similar
- Ironeye: In-between
- Relationship Baggage:
- Murky: She didn't like him at first, and was the one to suggest killing him.
- arks: He scared Hikari away at first with all of his prying questions.
- Ironeye: The gay thing is currently not an issue for more than an episode (it's more of a setup for Ironeye/Cody action in S2) but we can change that.
- Murky: She's warmer and fuzzier than she appears to be.
- arks: He's smarter and less optimistic than he appears to be.
- Ironeye: Their relationship was built on lies—lies that became the truth, but still lies at the time.
- Change that the elder partner wishes to effect in Hikari (This is where we really run into problems.)
- Murky: Make him think more about his actions.
- arks: Make him think more about his actions.
- Ironeye: Make him think more about his actions.
MurkyKara came up with the brilliant idea of throwing in some Hikari/Murky UST—after all, the two are only two years apart. The implications of this are as follows.
- The Murky/Hikari relationship is now nothing like Hikari's relationship with anyone else.
- There is now a major point of friction between Hikari and Matrix, who have an otherwise rather friendly relationship. Of course the two most juvenile guys let a girl get between them.
- Cody has another reason to hate Hikari—there's no way he can let a lesser person succeed where he did not.
- Early in Season 2, Murky and Fawriel develop a strong friendship, causing Murky to open up a bit.
- This increased openness allows Murky to be a bit more forward about her feelings towards Hikari, moving their relationship from subtext to full UST.
- As a result of Murky's feelings being more open, Cody gets extra pissed off and throws his scheduled S2 tantrum at Matrix, leading to Ironeye chewing out Cody and that relationship falling apart (not that the two of them were particularly close in the first place). ** Matrix is too oblivious to notice Murky's affections toward Hikari, and doesn't pick up on the subtext that's going on until someone explains the Hikari/Cody/Ironeye situation to him. This prompts the Hikari-Matrix high school-style feud.
arksWhen reading over existing material, we noticed that there is no in-character reason for Hikari to like arks initially. arks does try to reach out and be friendly to him early in S1, but it fails because he tries to get more out of Hikari about the alternate personality—Hikari doesn't like talking about that, and thus interprets arks' friendliness as a ruse to get information (which it partially is—arks is just a friendly guy). Though arks does try to make Hikari feel comfortable, the bad first impression keeps getting in the way. (The Dramatic Irony here is that Ironeye, who Hikari likes, was trying to be even more manipulative—Hikari just didn't pick up on it.) Things change between them after arks attempts to give demon-possessed Hikari a Cooldown Hug in a moment of desperation (foreshadowed by Hikari responding quite positively to physical comfort throughout the first two seasons). Note that due to the nature of the Code White incident, the Cooldown Hug doesn't come until late Season 2, leaving strong friction in the arks/Hikari relationship until then. Side note: With the material we have so far, if arks is trying to pull of Obfuscating Stupidity, he's not doing a very good job at it. In the E1 script, he has two moments where he's at most ditsy, and otherwise comes across as quite sensible (see: him immediately restraining Hikari when Hikari shows up; coming up with the battle plan to defeat the hydra once it becomes wary of the team). Comparing his good sense to everyone else's, he ends up on the sensible side of Matrix, Hikari, and Ironeye, putting him in the middle. Even grouping everyone according to similar levels, we still have Matrix/Hikari, Ironeye/arks, and Cody/Murky/Kara. If he really is supposed to come off as enough of an idiot that he has trouble getting Hikari to act more sensibly without blowing his cover, so to speak, we need to do a better job of it.
IroneyeWe actually didn't touch much here. We do want to focus on this relationship being very much of an older brother/younger brother mentor thing, as the age difference sets this relationship apart from the other two.
edited 28th May '10 4:40:15 AM by Ironeye
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