Anonymous said: Do you have any thoughts about the most recent PXS ending you'd care to share (outside of the general 'blurgh that was awful' most of us are feeling about it)? I always find your analyses very insightful.
Why thank you! And I certainly do have thoughts to share—
So on a technical level, this ending sucked. The last page comes out of nowhere. I’m not even going to pretend to equivocate on this; the story had a good setup going, characters interacting and showing interest, and suddenly it was “lol no one cares, abandon ship”. The last page doesn’t follow from the previous page in any sensible manner; it’s like the whole middle part of the story is missing, so the conclusion is kind of a non sequitur.
There would have to be a lot more story for that ending to make any sort of sense. Aside from Dave (who was mostly a cardboard cutout this time around) everyone seemed into it up until then, even if they were getting told to reign in their more ridiculous behavior (which is kind of what the GM is supposed to do) and Karkat was being a childish jerk about it (which is very Karkat). They were just getting started with pre-game setup and banter.
These are kids that don’t give up easily, especially not after some minor disagreements, especially not among this group, who all enjoy talking shit to and about one another. Instead, we get a panel of everyone staring at Terezi in silence, and then Dave - arguably the person who likes Terezi the most, and the person who was causing Terezi the least amount of shit - casually invites the group, without Terezi, to go do something else instead. Everyone practically falls over themselves to take his idea, all the while acting as if Terezi weren’t even there.
That’s the other big problem I have with the ending: it’s mean. It’s not funny, or poignant, or even lolrandom; it was the kind of passive-aggressive bullying mean children do to a child they don’t really like and were just humoring for a while because they were told to.
Why would these characters do that? It’s not in character for any of them. Why tell a story like this? It’s petty and cruel, and looks even more petty and cruel considering the tacked-on ending. I can’t see any charitable interpretations for it; the closest I can come is that the writer got really lazy about the ending.
yep, that about sums it up