: Look, I will admit this is... creative... but you just can't have an opera where nonsensical things happen for no reason! Vinyl
: Clearly, you've never heard a rock opera
I can only assume it was selected because someone realized that an abandoned generic village and an underwater base almost completely lacking in interesting visual design was going to add up to the least visually engaging episode ever and so decided to throw some Soviet propaganda posters around. Because why not. In order to 'rehabilitate' him, Novicorp transplants his mind into a baboon (don't ask), but things go haywire and Fingal ends up in the central computer, where he creates his own virtual reality simulation of Casablanca to pass the time while he destroys much of the world. Yes, he's "the hero"... And if you ever wondered what Humphrey Bogart would have been like if he were Puerto Rican, your dreams are about to come true. The primary problem with the film is that it doesnt really have a plot. Its just plot tangents built upon plot tangents...Unfortunately, we spend an hour investigating horses instead of setting up an interesting dynamic. Chris
: Jets lie detector is one of my favorite little bits
about this movie, if only because it shouts LIAR! in a very accusatory robot voice. Matt
: Its weird how some arbitrary things work and others dont. Jet Girl has a lie detector just because shes smart and she does
is fine, but the girls go to this junk store in [a] tank because they feel like it is a head-scratcher. Chris
: On one level, you have to respect how much theyre throwing at the wall, but theres a huge gap between what sticks and what doesnt.
Priest is a vampire movie, a Mad Max style movie, an Equilibrium rip off which is also a Matrix rip off, a monster movie, a spaghetti western, and a kung fu movie. When someone like Jon Favreau has trouble mixing two elements like Cowboys & Aliens, then what chance does Scott Charles Stewart have with mixing half a dozen elements? It seemed like the writing spent so much time trying to justify how all these elements exist in this world that it couldnt focus on the actual plot or the characters.
"This movie is nothing
but stuff! It's meaningless, empty stuff that has no purpose!"
"So, 13 minutes into this 40-minute special, and you notice something missing? It starts with 'P', and—it's 'plot'. There is no plot."
"You know, I've finally come to realize the core problem with this comic. It's not the disregard for continuity
; it's not the sexism
or the brutal violence or the piss-poor attempts at being relevant; it's that this whole thing is a collection of random, pointless scenes that go nowhere and contribute nothing to the plot! Characters arrive and leave as they please; plot points are introduced and then quickly forgotten
All art needs structure. Structure helps you put your ideas in an effective order. It gives you a hierarchy: Your story needs a main purpose, and all the gags and bits in the story should fit basically into the story. Your details should hang neatly on the major points and help emphasize them. You don't want to get lost in tangents that confuse the audience. Of simple plots and actions the episodic are the worst. I call a plot episodic when there is neither probability nor necessity in the sequence of episodes. Whereas books like Oliver Twist, or Bleak House, or Great Expectations, have a central theme which can in some cases be reduced to a single word, the various parts of Martin Chuzzlewit have not much more relationship to one another than the sounds produced by a cat walking across the piano.