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    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2013
     (11217.41)
    @ blighty

    I would totally be OK with Shaky having completely and utterly unreliably narrated everything that happened to Jackson in that last couple of episodes. Equal to the scale of what he thought happened in the fort/what actually happened in the fort level and by corollary, what happened to Selene dead/alive. I wouldn't even slightly consider it a cheat either.
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    Jackson's gone, sorry. T'was always the plan.

    Though I confess I did hasten things a teensy bit. It turned out recently one of my personal writing heroes is a WYWH reader and Jackson was their favourite character. I don't understand why, but that sealed the poor big yin's fate. The purist psychology of murdering one's darlings or bloodyminded Spurrier contrariness, you decide.

    At least this way he got a hero's death, of sorts, which he wouldn't have if he'd lasted a few more episodes. [ominous music]
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2013
     (11217.43)
    @ Si

    I'd only just thought that Jackson was going to be one of those characters who would continually survive the impossible. There's a lot of precedent in real life so I didn't think anything Jackson did was even slightly unrealistic. For example, take this guy ...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill

    edited highlights ...

    ... was a British soldier who fought throughout the Second World War armed with a longbow, and a basket-hilted claymore (technically a clay beg).[1] He is known for the motto "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed." ...

    ... becoming the only British soldier known to have felled an enemy with a longbow in WWII. ...

    ... In July 1943, as commanding officer, he led 2 Commando from their landing site at Catania in Sicily with his trademark Scottish broadsword slung around his waist, a longbow and arrows around his neck and his bagpipes under his arm,[10] which he also did in the landings at Salerno. ...

    ... A mortar shell killed or wounded everyone but Churchill, who was playing "Will Ye No Come Back Again?" on his pipes as the Germans advanced. He was knocked unconscious by grenades and captured. ...

    ... In September 1944 Churchill and a Royal Air Force officer crawled under the wire, through an abandoned drain and attempted to walk to the Baltic coast. They were captured near the coastal city of Rostock, a few kilometres from the sea. ...

    ... As the Pacific War was still on, Churchill was sent to Burma,[7] where the largest land battles against Japan were being fought. By the time Churchill reached India, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been bombed and the war ended. Churchill was said to be unhappy with the sudden end of the war, saying: "If it wasn't for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years." ...

    Died at the age of 89 back in 1996. To be honest, I've thought all this time it's at least possible you at least partly based Jackson on him. There's also many others figures from history who are comparable. (Thank you Cracked dot com).

    So that's probably one of the reasons (if not the main reason) that I expected to see him at the very end of the whole story in a flash forward a few decades from now telling his life story with a decidedly unique interpretation.
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    Ha, yes, good old Jack Churchill was certainly an inspiration. What I particularly like from that Wikipedia article is that his birthplace is noted as either Surrey or Hong Kong. Easily mistakable, those two.
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    Ha, yes, Jack Churchill is just the kind of character I could imagine Garth Ennis writing a story about, maybe something similar to "Adventures of the Rifle Brigade."

    As for Jackson, though I hoped he would last to the end, I knew his luck would eventually run out. Still, considering this is the Crossed-verse we're talking about, I consider Jackson to have been fortunate in a way. He was able to end his life on his own terms, rather than being torn apart/Crossed/go mad/become corrupted with power/murdered by a non-Crossed person like so many other unfortunates in the series.

    I suppose Cava is pretty much fucked by now, amIright?
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    Ah, just realized I added "go mad" into the list of nasty fates for Jackson, which is kind of redundant since, ya know. But still, there is a difference between Jackson's madness and that of Harold or Amanda. For one thing, Jackson didn't go around wantonly butchering, raping and eating non-Crossed and wearing their faces.
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    @si not as difficult as you think. Apparently Peter O'Toole had birth certificates for both Connemara in Ireland or Leeds and didn't know which had been his birthplace.
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2013
     (11217.48)
    Ha, yes, good old Jack Churchill was certainly an inspiration. What I particularly like from that Wikipedia article is that his birthplace is noted as either Surrey or Hong Kong. Easily mistakable, those two.


    I just chuckled for 10 minutes...

    (Oddly enough I knew the Peter O'Toole "trivia" as well, though I have no idea what 'caused' me to learn that bit of info. I definitely thought it was weird...but I'd pretty much forgotten about it until Steve mentioned it. I never would have thought of that 'factual similarity' here.)
  6.  (11217.49)
    Hoo boy...

    Looks like the scene from the top of the page (Crossed landing) is about to transpire. And still no sign of Tabitha...

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