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    It's Thursday! It's mid-afternoon in London! It's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky! Everyone in Australia is dead from spiders and snakes and poisonous accents, apparently. And it's time for more Crossed hideosity!

    Episode 79, 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 3 magnificent tempura-battered barnsacks for the low-low price of £12.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    Well, that was nothing short of excellent. Obviously we've got a gap between where we left everyone last week and now but the gap is closing between the past and present day rapidly. Looks like there's only one major piece missing in this particular puzzle, which is what happened for the others to end up like this and how did Shaky dodge it?

    Can't wait for next week. Now off to read it again.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    Anyone noticed something slipped in here? The Game Keeper is quite uncharacteristically saying "sorry" and several times too.

    The Crossed must be right there, that's why he's apologising each time he swears.

    The repeated acts of violence are OK but the swearing and bad language is a no no.

    It's obvious what's happened here. The Crossed have turned into the Motion Picture Association of America.
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    Very well spotted.

    Stay tuned.
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    Confirmed, plussies are now MPAA.
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    Yeah, that was a good one. GK still gives me the shivers....but not the kind from fear; rather, the kind that make me wanna take a shower every time he speaks and scrub with a wire brush...

    The artwork is unreal - right down to his groady codger-spittle every time he speaks.
    • CommentAuthorDilo
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    Holy snapping duck shit (sorry sorry...sorry) that's good!!! There's another question I want answered - why isn't she crossed!? She has the gameskeeper's cross but not the virus's cross!? Interesting twist.

    Typical that the Church would help create a bunch of killer uber crossed who managed to be far more dangerous than the standard version!
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    I'm going to guess the tore sleeve from the priest is the bandage on her leg.
    • CommentAuthorBig Sven
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    Shan, I think the GK is saying sorry when he calls the Nun a c***. He's probably apologizing to her because she's standing next to him with a dull butter knife and a gleam in her eye.
    • CommentAuthorgragh46
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    This is probably one of the best chapters in the entire story :O

    So a bunch of random thoughts:

    -I don't think even the Gamekeeper's usual trashtalking would dare talking about Teresa as a cunt if either she alone or with her group were standing in front of him. But he could definitely be surrounded by some of the soldiers in her inner circle, hence the reason why he apologizes right after talking about her without the due respect

    -I'm not sure if Teresa's restraint is a good thing or a terrible one from the non-infected people point of view. It looks like she's sort of doing the same thing as she was doing before being turned, which is taking care of her group. Only her group this time are a bunch of psychos, so... In some other topic, someone mentioned that maybe Teresa's goal was creating some kind of "pasture of Eden", and from the looks of this chapter, that seems very likely.

    -So she tortures and keeps alive for as long as possible to a bunch of random people, but she rages hard and prevents the gamekeeper from being turned and probably touched by the rest of her group (and she tried to save Ashoke as well). My guess is that she wanted one or more of the following:

    a) make use of the Gamekeeper's tracking and survival skills to find Shaky and possibly other people. Now she has found shaky (because he was dumb enoug to inform her of his location), so she has no more need of his tracking skills and he's chained/stuck in the island where we met him after Jackson's suicide.
    b) to have a deep, enlightening conversation with someone. The Crossed usually suck at speaking, she manages to make sensitive lines without abusing the repetition of words. Besides, in the previous chapter, the gamekeeper mentions how she was proud of her envelope idea, she probably told him about it at some point in one of her trips to bring him food.
    c) to keep the bastard at hand for a particularly ugly day in which she would get to have some special fun

    -Right after saving the gamekeeper by cutting his leg, she asks Moses to fuck her with it. In all previous parts of the story, she had taken a passive role regarding rapekilling and general Crossed behaviour. We know from Seline's rantings that the nun sometimes "needs to throw herself a bone". Could it be that she was SO angry at seeing the gamekeeper again (but knew that she had to keep him alive for whatever reason) that she demanded a typical crossed pain-pleasure treatment right after having saved his life?

    -Oh, the poor, poor bastards who were travelling in that bus :(
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    Staying tuned for next week, as Crossed: WYWH keeps pursuing that elusive PG-13 rating ...
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    I could definitely see this episode being narrated by David Attenborough.

    ... as we see here, the herd is majestically sweeping across the Scottish Highlands. Weeks of near dormant behaviour gone in an instant as potential prey is spotted and pursued ...

    Out of all the celebrities out there, I could definitely see him surviving C-Day and beyond. Which other famous personages could also be our Michael Stipe?
    • CommentAuthor111111
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    note to self:
    get runflat tires just in case of maniac apocalypse
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    @MrBogey yeah that's my thinking as well. Maybe the priest stayed to help patch her up and Shaky ran, hence the guilt?

    Also, you can see she is barefoot at first, then put on shoes after the first groupkill, then added clothes. Interesting that she looks capable of taking care of herself when most Crossed end up wearing rags or going naked.

    @gragh46 Between her group and normal crossed I'd take normal crossed any day. At least you're dead or turned pretty quickly, with this group they take their time and really work on you. Seeing restraint, planning, whatever implemented by Crossed is the worst for the non-infected. Sort of like the one-eyed man in the land of the blind, the partially restrained crossed becomes Boss Crossed!
    • CommentAuthor111111
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    @jonny

    yea the bloodthirsty killers just turned into the psycho torturers

    slow agonizing death? nobody got time for that
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2014
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    @ JohnnyRocket324

    Interesting contrast between the different types of Crossed.

    You have the ones who start butchering everything in sight including each other right of the bat a la Event Horizon (like in the Underground, all around London etc on the day), the ones with no self preservation crashing planes and cars and so on, the ones which fall for chasing cars over and over again (no memory at all) but the spectrum goes right up to the ones that can lead and control themselves and even plan long term strategy and the ones just below that, maybe unable to lead but at least able to follow orders and act as a cohesive unit.

    I think the implication has been that some of the people who retain at least some of their faculties and end up in leadership positions and the like had a previously underlying neurological disorder. We've seen epilepsy and brain damage due to oxygen starvation so far, I bet there's been more like that in Badlands.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2014
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    I'd just like to add that it's good to see democracy in action with a person being elected by a majority of the group to the top job based on merit.
    • CommentAuthorhodengai
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2014
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    A really awesome chapter we had there. It's interesting and pretty frightening how the Crossed are "evolving". Teresa is taking it to a whole new level. There have been higher thinking Crossed before. There was that russian mobster who had enough clarity to track down a singular individual repeatedly and control himself long enough to not get distracted. He was still just on a never ending loop. Then we had Smokey in Badlands who controlled every Crossed he encountered much in the same way as Teresa and he nearly got hold of WMDs plus the dude was a freaking tank so he's still out there. He could read, strategize, and delay gratification for as long as it took. And don't forget the twins way back when Badlands started. Teresa on the other hand is the whole package she's the closest we've seen of any Crossed, higher functioning or no, to a near normal human being.

    This brings up some very interesting implications. If the Crossed are getting that smart and there are more of them will we:

    A) See the smart ones group together and then start hunting the dumber weaker Crossed when all the regular humans eventually run out?
    B) Get Crossed who function like regular people to the point that the only difference is their high tendency towards sadism, rape and murder making it easy for them to blend in with survivor populations?
    c) Have Crossed who start to form societies if only for the purpose of waging full scale war on other Crossed?
    D) Or, as was suggested, start treating regular humans like cattle that can be bred and raised for their amusement?

    Can Teresa be reasoned with? I very much doubt it but her existence puts that into question. So far the only thing I've noticed that seems to result in higher thinking Crossed is their willpower. Like somehow the virus was unable to completely destroy that part of their brain. I dunno just spit balling here. In any case great chapter Si!
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2014
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    Just doing something I should have done a long time ago, which is read all the old comments sections for each of the earlier chapters that I hadn't before (The episode that was here when I first found this site was Volume 2 Chapter 5).

    Turns out that a lot of things we bring up have already been brought up (I'm especially guilty of this). Si has answered (or given a knowing smile) to a lot of questions as well.

    It's especially good knowing what we know now, there's a lot of discussion week after week about how Shaky plans to rig the lottery to get out of the sortie will backfire and end up with Rab or Don sending him anyway. I think Si is trying very hard to contain himself with those discussions. Excellent bit of misdirect and scripting there.

    I'd recommend going back and having a look, especially if like me, you haven't gone through all the older ones before. They're both very informative and entertaining.
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    I dunno man, she was all like "here, take this severed leg we just cut off this guy and fuck me with it" - that is so far from anything remotely normal that you actually can't get there from here. See, this is what I like about the Crossed universe. It seems to be a sandbox for testing extremities of awfulness. Think of the worst thing you can think of. Now double down. Fold again. Cut the ends off, smack it seven times with a hammer and jam it into your infected eye socket. Wash, rinse, repeat until you wish you had never been born.

    I've lived through a real lot of shit, and this series is a place where it all seems pale and wan by comparison. That level of perspective is perversely comforting. The best (worst) part of WYWH is Shaky's emotional life. That anchors the whole horrorshow and stops it from going where a lot of other Crossed series have gone, a numb place where each new outrage is as meaningless as the last. With Shaky it still matters. Which is a whole lot worse.

    I think this long form narrative is also giving Si the space to really build pressure in a way that you can't do in a novel. The only other form I can think of that allows this is a TV series and there are so many more pressures there - cost pressures, censorship pressures, focus group pressures - that the writers still don't have the freedom to ramp it up like this. I'm too familiar with 3-act structure to be able to really engage with a story that cleaves to closely too it, so I am starting to struggle with genre novels, and considering that my patience for vacuous lyrical literary novels-about-nothing evaporated in my 20s that leaves very little for me to properly enjoy. I truly have no idea where this is going, and that's intriguing.

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