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    It's Thursday! It's mid-afternoon in London! It's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky! It's who-the-fuck-knows-when in Australia! It's time for more Crossed Hideosity!

    Episode 61, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for SANDINOS, not safe for Nemorensis, not safe for RieFish.

    • CommentAuthorWulvereen
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2013
    There's a certain issue I'd have aboard the driftfleet,if any crossed ever did get on board, there'd be nowhere to run, it'd be like being on a plane, no where to get away, you'd be sitting ducks, just waiting for a plussie to breach your defences.
    Plus, not everyone would have a gun...
    Why don't the 'Muricans have any guns...that's like the most arse backwads thing ever...brits with stockpiles full o' gun....yanks got nout...seems off to me...
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    Firearms are not allowed on refineries or cruise ships.
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    It's been said all warfare is deception. Shaky is about to commit an act of war against the driftfleet. This involves multiple deceptions.

    This episode is about deception and trust. Shaky approaches the driftfleet with his co-conspirators, Des and Eliza. Eliza still questions the significance of the Crossed nun because she wants to be certain of his loyalties. Shaky lies to conceal the truth, thereby verifying to the reader that very truth.

    Then we see the deception, two factions of people lying to each other, both pretending to be stronger than they actually are. Shaky is opposed by Jackson, the character who despite his exaggerated claims of insanity and his not-quite-convincing accent, is actually the saint of the moment (or at least the only one who wants peace). Shaky is a phony. Does that make Jackson authentic? Weird to think of him that way, but it seems likely.

    And so, in the moment that Shaky is being deceitful towards a person who is authentic, he is reminded of the nun. Why? What is the significance? We don't always flesh out the thematic connections of the flashbacks, but this is one case where there might be a reason to do so, because I think much of the story hinges on the turning point in this episode.

    The obvious interpretation is that the nun is the honest one and Shaky is the deceiver. But if you read the flashback closely, it's actually SHAKY who is being honest, and the nun who is deceiving, or at least deceiving herself. The nun wanted to kiss Shaky. Shaky still wants her too. The whole reasons for her self-denial add up to a pile of bullshit, and not just because of what Shaky said about Christians.

    No, it's because the characterization of the nun prior to this point has been overwhelmingly positive. She's the one who was feeding the captured Crossed and the elderly humans. She's the one who stood up to the Gamekeeper to his face and got mutilated and raped for it. She's the one who insists upon caring for the injured Ashoke. It's these qualities that are admirable and truly Christian. The self-denial is a pointless delusion.

    Because what does the self-denial ultimately accomplish? She's made her God happy. Or so she thinks. And Shaky? Leaving himself open and vulnerable, after he saved her life, and did what a person in love SHOULD do?

    It's just bullshit.

    So that's what this episode represents. Shaky learned many things from the Gamekeeper. But he only became a master manipulator at the feet of a different master.
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    so the heroin addict (luckily) finds a stash of heroin... very "Lost" esque. although I think he's not going to come out of this as well as the Lost character did.
    I wonder, does heroin "go bad" after a number of months/years? any intravenous drug users on the forum we can ask?

    Si - I just wanted to let you know that the "Crossed Special 2013" is one of the greatest Crossed stories ever told, totally worth the $5.99. loved every minute of it. I cannot wait for your new Badlands arc as well! thanks for knocking 'em out of the park.
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    I'm thinking that "7:48 AM" is a reference to low tide on Flotta.

    Possibly there's an area that can only be reached by foot at that time? (Or possibly high tide instead - rising water will cut off whatever the fleet wants from the majority of the Crossed?)
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2013
    Does the nun conduct a ritual around that time?

    The suspense is terrible... I hope it lasts!
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2013
    It seems the remnants of humanity haven't learned anything from the Crossed. They've taken the huge, risky step of abandoning the old social norms and subterfuges of inter-personal politics and the rigid, stifling social structures that were so problematic, and instead, they embrace a life of spontanaety and impulse. And to be honest, they seem far happier for it.
    Rather than keeping this new paradigm to themselves, they never miss an opportunity to reach out and share what they've discovered with the rest of humanity. It's the single, most important thing that they do, coming before their own safety, their own lives or even the lives of their children in it's altruistic imperitive.

    And what do they get for their troubles? Nothing but rejection, revulsion, fear and hatred. They are usually just murdered, out of hand like vermin. But they never seem to get discouraged or disillusioned by the attitudes of the non-Crossed, if anything, they become more and more keen to share their liberated carefree unity with everyone. The Crossed's particular brand of honesty only seems brutal and debauched because the unCrossed are still clinging to the obsolete, dead morality, and the butchered, festering hopes of the past.

    I think Shaky has begun to realise this, and he seems to be casting off any shackles of propriety or behavioural boundaries
    and in doing so, he's getting closer (unconsciously perhaps) to a point where he'll be able to take a more receptive and less prejudicial viewpoint of the Crossed World, hopefully to embrace their simple, liberating lifew, and return to the woman he loves still, and who loves him back with such burning need.

    Shaky and Theresa. Still a better love story than Twilight.
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    Hey, guess what's potentially really hilarious to a plusface? See, there's this heroin, right? And you can - wait for it - jerk off into it or spit into it or something! So the next person who comes along to get his or her bout of addiction-enhanced escapism gets a pure shot of Crossed-germs right into his or her bloodstream! The entertainment never ceases!
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2013
    That would only be funny, if the perpetrator was there to see the hapless junkie take the bait though. And Crossed germs can't be any worse than some of the shit that gets thrown in the mix by unscrupulous dealers anyway.
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2013
    Or if you're crossed you just shoot up lots of heroin and dirty the needle. Lots of ways they could play this.
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    MrBogey has a point - the Crossed virus could possibly be in the needle...
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    Shaky is INFURIATING!
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2013
    As a former heroin addict I would first like to see that if I found the stash ashoke found I would do it too. Just being honest. Second, yes it does lose its potency after time, unless frozen.

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