Man of Action...Too Soon!
After their successful Ben10
was signed over to another production team, the four-man crew that is Man of Action started planning and producing a new series: Generator Rex. This is a show with several interesting concepts and characters, and a whole lot of potential. Unfortunately, alot of it has thusfar been sadly wasted. Why, you ask? Two Words: Bad Pacing.
Man of Action initially got a 20 episode order for the show, and there was no guarantee that they'd be picked up for any more episodes. Apparently, Generator Rex is a story they really wanted to tell, and tell it they do. But this is the problem: the story moves too fast. Events that should happen at a later point happen too soon. We're hardly given time to breathe and take everything in before we're rushing to the next important event.
The first episode does what's expected of it and introduces the story, heroes, and villains. Now, the second episode is all right. But then comes the third, in which Rex meets his love interest, Circe...who is revealed to be a part of The Pack in that same episode. Come on, even Terra from Teen Titans
had more time to get trusted and betray her lover! Then in the fourth episode, Rex learns that his friend Noah is actually a spy hired by Providence. Yeah, three episodes since Noah's debut and already we get this. Rex then runs away from Providence...only to return in the very next episode.
We thankfully get a breather episode afterward, but THEN we get one in which Van Kleiss launches a big invasion on New York City, teasing Rex about the secrets of his past all the while. The next episode centers around the previously underutilized Breach...who dies at the end of it. The final episode to air thusfar has Rex meet one of the main scientists responsible for creating Evas, reveals that Van Kleiss had a hand in it as well, and also reveals that Rex has a brother somewhere out there.
You see the problem? Imagine if the creators of Avatar The Last Airbender
rushed to tell their whole 3-season story in just one 20-episode season! Would it have been as satisfying? The answer: No. Generator Rex isn't a bad show at all, but it would have been so much better if the story and it's major points were spread out over a longer period of episodes, giving the audience more time to care.
15th Jul 10
I honestly do not see the problem here. Not all stories move at the same pace. You think it should move at a slower pace, but none of your arguments have done anything to establish why this pacing is objectively bad.
15th Jul 10
16th Jul 10
Gotta say, while I see what you're trying to say, I disagree. To tackle each point:
Circe? Is not Terra. The point is not to see her struggle and eventually fall. She is already on the opposing side, more interested in what VK has to offer than what Rex does. Their relationship is nowhere near the mutual interest Beast Boy and Terra had; much more similar to Rogue and Scott in the early days of X-Men Evolution. This makes her different, not wrong, and I personally enjoy that we're not getting yet another Doomed Relationship with angsting on both ends. They know where they stand, and can continue from there.
Noah? We the audience get the reveal of his betrayal FROM EPISODE ONE. To have to watch continuously as the two get closer, especially with Providence's manipulations clear to everyone but Rex, would personally be aggravating for me as a viewer and speak far worse of Noah as a person (to the point that come the reveal, I know I would be unable to like him). Also, as Rex's first and only friend, the sense of betrayal is perfectly reasonable, even if the two have only known each other for a short amount of time; he's still the first, and yet only gained because Providence needed a spy. Should there have been more indication of Noah's struggle in the previous episodes? Yes. But that is a writing misstep, not a pacing one.
Rex's escape from Providence? Could only end in a quick return; he really has nowhere else to go. Temporary anger, as a teen, is normal, especially with such manipulation. But they're still his best shot of finding out his past while also helping others, and I think the ending indicates that Rex feels a strong connection to his makeshift family, enough that he is willing to give it another go. I think it would have been interesting to see it go on longer, but I doubt it'll be the only time this happens. More like a warning bell that he is willing to leave if he perceives an injustice against him.
The New York episode is key. It reveals VK as a threat. It is not his master plan in the general sense; it in fact serves as his presentation to the world as an enemy. In a way this is slow pacing; rather than have VK already a clear enemy, only in this episode does he become a definite Magneto-type figure.
Breach was far from underutilized. She was a member of the team who, ultimately, was probably too powerful for her own good. Her episode puts her in the spotlight and shows that other henchmen than Circe have their own plans and issues, pointing specifically to a possibly aggravated case of OCD. She is then destroyed likely as an example of her illness and how nanites have complicated it, the lengths to which the team is willing to go for Rex, and again, because she is far, far too powerful and complicates fight scenes. Again, more a writing failure in making such an intriguing character so hazardous to the plot than a pacing one.
Then, in episode nine (originally meant to be ten, but an unaired episode pushed it up), we have actual movement on Rex's past. Movement that raises far more questions than it answers. This takes place HALFWAY through season one. Pretty much putting it exactly at the point such a turn should be.
If we want to talk about individual episodes? I'm all for talking about poor pacing. Many of the early episodes are rushed to provide maximum action. But the pacing of the season itself is one of the things I'm enjoying about the show, and I hope it continues to be so aware of when to start and stop, without trying to conform to the models of other shows.
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(edited by: ManwiththePlan)
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