Reviews: Legend Of Zelda The Return

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Never think anything through. Including fanfics.
That's the moral of this story: people who think things through are always wrong. Link in this story always does the right thing by blindly doing whatever comes to mind. This never leads to any negative consequences for him. Whereas anyone else who suggests thinking about doing things is ultimately proven to be either cowardly or simply wrong. Yes, even the Keeper of Knowledge is shown to be completely useless because of her desire to actually think before acting.

The silliness of the Aesop isn't the worst part. But it is an appropriate Aesop, since clearly the author didn't think things through either.

The setting is non-canonical, as the fic was written well before the Zelda timeline was ironed out. That isn't the problem; it's that the events of the story contradict themselves if you think about them.

The premise is that, when Zelda sent Link back in time, his memories were erased, thus resetting himself to his 10-year-old form. But all the sages still remember these future events. Furthermore, Link also doesn't remember the escapades of his younger self, which somehow also did not happen (yet the sages remember them).

Time travel is completely abused here. When Link was sent back in time, either the next 7 years didn't happen or happened in an alternate timeline. Yet this game treats it as though they both did and did not happen. The Sages+Zelda remember those events, but they also remember the new version of the next 7 years.

Timey-Wimey indeed.

The plot also pulls out erased memories in order to create an absurd backstory for Link. For example, his parents: this fic makes him about 8-10 when they died, but he doesn't remember them because someone erased them from his memory.

But the biggest failing is the end. Link is killed and then comes back to life. Why? Remember the aesop: you're not supposed to think about things here. My guess is that he choose to be a hero. Which was not the point of the story. That stopped being an element 1/3rd of the way in (at most).

I also don't get this version of Link and Zelda's romantic relationship. The writer simply declares them to be in love, but they spend too little time together for us to really see it. No, instead we spend that time with new people like Hunter, Neesha, and so forth.
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