Aealacreatrananda wrote:When I envision a far far future.... I don't fuck around.
It WAS quite obvious to the reader, wasn’t it? But if you consider that they had JUST purchased the ship, didn’t realize their enemies were so close, and Mallory hates to see the shady side of mankind even when it’s right in front of him, I am not surprised that neither he nor the already-nervous Tala wanted to believe it was a bomb. 2 kilos is a small mass, too, it’s not unreasonable to hope for other explanations. She does tell him to be careful and despite their cheerful attitude, they are both hasty about wnating to know what it is, as he suits right up and she rushes over to join.Alfador wrote:What struck me was that, with all the cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering going on, Mallory found a 2-kilo mass strapped to the hull of the Ares that shouldn't have been there and didn't at least THINK to suspect a bomb. The instant it was mentioned as "a 2 kilo mass attached to the outside of the drive housing. It might be an undocumented modification." I knew it had to be a bomb. Knew it. There was nothing else it could have been. And yet it didn't cross the mind of either Mallory or Tala.
Thilia wrote:Sometimes I think we were too inspired by Blake's 7. We just watched it again in its entirety over the past couple of months.
Look at the crew of the Liberator. They march into the jaws of the Federation every episode, always wary of being captured, but always doing some dumb-assed thing that gets them caught or wounded or worse. Jennifer and I were struck by just how clever Avon was, except when it really mattered. Servilan really was just a little smarter than any of them, with the possible exception of Orac.
If the heroes are too smart, we don't have an adventure, we have a technical manual about how to detect danger and defuse it. So they have to do dumb stuff or the villains would never have a chance to be evil. It's a lot of yucks to write these clever people into dumb disasters.
"That old trick is so obvious, you can be sure that's not what they're doing, let's just ignore it and find the REAL problem." Then of course, that old trick snares another overconfident victim, for the umpteenth time.
Sometimes it's important to just relax and go with the flow, knowing full well that you would never be fooled by some of the sorry traps that Tala or Richard fall for. It's no fun for anybody if the heroes are too bright, even if they're supposed to be brilliant. I like trying to figure out a clever way for them to wriggle out of a stupid situation that a less heroic character never would have flopped into in the first place.
Inside every real life genius hides a few grains of low grade moron. That's how I see our main characters here too.
"Damn, did I leave the stove on when I left for the spaceport? Oh well, hope the gas doesn't blow up the neighbors while I race around saving the Venus project."
strange_person wrote:I wonder, is there anything that can't be converted into innuendo by passage through the alfalfa-door?
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