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    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Also, gad DAMN these Interludes. Sorry Si, I know this is an amazing service that you deliver to us for free, and I speak for everyone here that this is some of the best writing and artwork to be seen anywhere. To speak for myself here, I think Wish You Were Here is the best Crossed story to come out of Garth Ennis' vision.
    All that aside, I still drop to my knees and cry out "NNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
    Spent all week wondering what is coming next, and now I have to get out of the fetal position and try carry on another week.

    Seriously though, thank you Si for an amazing free venue to enjoy each week. We all appreciate it.
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    Not even a scheduled skipweek this time - sorry. A confluence of guff in the lives of the artist, the publisher and self meant we just didn't quite have time to get the ep shipshape in time.
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Yeah I still think the pasture of Eden idea is still a valid one and probably is more likely, although every time I or anyone has tried to predict what is going to happen, we have all with some exceptions, have been way off. You have a great point though and it seems more likely that Theresa is planning something horrible for the rest of the inhabitants of Cava. I cant wait to see what happens to them, but at the same time, I am terrified for every character left.
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    I feel like a snippidy cock snogger for even complaining, since this is free and amazing to read every week. Even the Interludes are interesting most of the time.
    Cant wait to see what happens, Si!
    Sorry for complaining....
    • CommentAuthorDilo
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Not scheduled! I thought it was a little early and was turning Crossed myself...but shit happens (I'm a graphic artist - my clients get skip weeks sometimes when I'm overloaded).

    But - gotta say - I'm on the edge of my freaking seat here!!
    • CommentAuthorDilo
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Oh and the peep who thought I meant last week's episode was boring - you missed the point entirely. Reading a full episode is the raging, exciting, insane, thrill that the Crossed go through. "The boring" is the week in between!!
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      CommentAuthorkzootron
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Best interlude ever
    • CommentAuthorJyve
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    I get so stressed out reading some of the stories, this interlude really did arrive at a good time. I still hope we get to see more of what happened for the Nun to turn (and even the Cruise ship take over, but I think we'll never find the specifics of that alas, no survivors left to report that really and don't think the GK will be bothered to let Shaky know to write down.

    But the inevitable face down... And Shaky's thoughts on all this. He's given up hasn't he? He knows the inevitable ending, written about it happening time and time again, and is now calm and awaiting his fate.
    • CommentAuthorgragh46
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    This one and shaky's attempt at poetry with a lame ending have been in my top 5 favorite interludes in the entire comic.

    Shaky has always managed to find parallelisms between survivors and crossed. he appreciates the "smarter" part in the survivors, but clearly dislikes the part where being particularly intelligent only contributes to realizing even more than you are never going to go back to have a normal life, and that sooner or later you'll get rapekilled. The crossed don't think, they just feel, act, and have no fears about anything.

    Also, considering that the end is nigh and he did love Teresa who just happens to be a way-too-smart crossed, and that he knows that she wants something big to happen that has all to do with him, it's normal that he tries to think of the Crossed in a more positive way rather than accepting the most likely "I'm gonna get raped" view. Though he knows that he is, hence the FUCK ME!!!! part. He is not really buying his own idea.

    About the specific moral of the interlude, I think it's all a matter of perspective. Sure, the typical view is humans + evil -> crossed. But crossed + self control + intelligence = human-ish. In the crossed universe, we have seen both humans that could be as bad as the crossed (Harold Lorre comes to mind) as well as crossed who weren't all that bad at some points (the crossed in the love conquers it all arc, Ashoke while keeping Seline and the gamekeeper alive and phisically intact)

    Also, I still support the pasture of eden theory. The gamekeeper is probably saying all of this because Teresa has made sure that he WILL tell Shaky what she wants him to know, and his speech ins't impaired, unlike hers and every other crossed. something might be happening in cava right now, but I think the most brutal stuff is for Shaky to witness. God sees everything, after all. Poor lucky, lucky cunt.
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Going back to the comment above about not knowing what happened to the drift fleet, actually may be wrong! I didnt even think about this possibility until now, but if Theresa is telling the Gameskeeper everything, then she must have told him about the drift fleet takeover and the plans on how they were going to do it. Especially since he has been tracking her and has been captured by her since right after she was turned.
    Oh hell yeah, I really want to know how that happened. Plus we may find out what happened to Shaky's girlfriend, whatever her name was. The one who was pregnant?
    Anyway, I really hope this is covered.
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    This Interlude was so good it took a lot of the sting out of a skip week.

    Also, it's interesting that I don't think we've ever seen a lot of Crossed drunk, high, etc. You would think that we'd have seen a ton of Crossed, at least at the beginning, getting blasted with whatever they could get their hands on. Almost to the point it would be a way to poison crossed by leaving out tampered beer or heroin.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Here's a few thoughts and observations I've had about Shaky.

    The moment Shaky learned about Cava, let alone set foot there, it was doomed. It may have had a chance as an isolated out of the way place but from the moment organised Crossed found it, especially ones with a vendetta against an inhabitant there, it was only a matter of time.

    It hasn't helped that, well let's be honest, Shaky has been one of the biggest villains, if not the biggest villain of the entire series. I thought this was most notable with his mad scheme to first set people up in the Cava against the fleet with outright lies followed by tipping the fleet off to be waiting for them. His reaction to it going horribly wrong and his naivety in expecting such a ludicrous plan to work (too many moving parts - plus did he seriously expect no-one was ever going to ask Jackson?) would be comical if it hadn't led to people being killed. The fact that he couldn't comprehend the fact it wasn't going to how it expected when everything went off the rails was particularly telling.

    It seems even worse when it seems possible that his machinations delayed the drift fleet's attack by a day to deal with his people, in which time the Crossed took out the fleet. Given that these Crossed were organised and presumably watching and had defences (the possibility almost everyone seemed to discount at their peril) makes it likely they would have failed anyway but at least they would have been on the offensive. They might have had a slightly better chance.

    All in all, Shaky seems to have been showing a long pattern of behaviour historically of deceit, deception and general dirty tricks, the kind of which there's no real place for in this world if a group is meant to survive. Ruthlessness is needed for sure, but a lot of what he's done seems to be petty self serving behaviour which doesn't always seem to obviously have any chance to even help himself from the outset.

    There's also no end of examples of Shaky being lucky being reciprocated by other people being even more unlucky, often at the same time which is just icing on the Disaster Area cake he's made of himself (and forcing everyone else to eat).
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    @ HardCory

    From what I remember (and you could well be referring to what happened after this), Tabitha had been crossed after the attack on the Drift Fleet. Cheese Guy (he never did get a name, did he?) shot her and then Shaky shot him (add that to the Crime Pile).

    Now, when Tabitha was shot, it looked like she was hit in the shoulder, so it's possible she could have survived that. Mind you, I wasn't sure on the following sequence of events. Did the Cava-ites then flee that half of the island, get attacked on the other side by more boats, fight off that attempt at landing and then head back over to the side they originally fled from and clear all the bodies from (which is the side Tabitha was shot?).

    If that's the case, wouldn't either Tabitha's body have been there (if dead) or if gone (because she was alive and left), wouldn't Shaky have remarked on it? Anyway, I was expecting to see her again to close a narrative sequence of events but it's always possible she has in fact abruptly been shot dead and that's that.

    Anyway, Shaky's convoluted plan to get her to safety could be summed up like this on the headline on the front of Cava's main newspaper.

    MAN WHO IS ALWAYS WRONG IS AGAIN FOUND TO BE WRONG.
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    This is completely correct. I have never thought of Shaky as a villain until you mentioned these acts one by one. Then I started thinking of the other things he did as well, such as look the other way as the Gameskeeper forced that blond to perform sexual acts as payment for being their guide. Or how about when he took Ashoke out for a "little walk"and essentially abandoned him to a horrific death or rape murder. Or how about him selling the mute woman's body to get his way before the Sortie. Or how about after the Sortie when he made everyone draw straws and left the helpless old woman to her fate on the mainland, when they very well could have brought her back without any negative impact on the community as a whole. And we have no idea what happened to the children at the church yet, which is probably Shaky's fault as well. Add those to the aforementioned acts he committed in the last statement, this guy is a huge piece of shit.
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    Then you have all the instances where things might have worked out if he were not around. Those River Cops probably would have died sooner or later, but they were killed after helping him out of the water. Des would not have turned if he hadn't had him come with him to deliver the letter. The whole takeover attempt on the drift fleet would never have happened. And lets not forget that everyone on Cava might have survived quite a while longer if his dumb ass hadn't left a fucking map with directions to the damn island! What a ponce...
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014
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    @Shan

    Yeah after the Cheese Maker shot Tabitha, is when Shaky walked casually to the other end of Cava as Mr. Masoud's wife was caught and he did nothing to help. Then as they were cornered on the other end, the other boats came and they had to evacuate.
    You are right on about this. I thought for sure that they would see the two bodies and see that the Cheese Maker had been shot in the head in the same spot that Shaky went to get a pen. Wouldnt they have deduced that Shaky had killed him since Tabitha was not armed? I wonder why this was never brought back up?
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    Look! closer!
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2014
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    Where's the team from Silent Witness when you need them?
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2014
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    I wanna know if, once WYWH has to meet the inevitable, albeit sad and I hate that it'll be over, ending...if Si is going to try and tackle another / different "Crossed" project?

    Or maybe stick with Disenchanted for a bit and something altogether new, outside the Crossed world? (Just curious what direction we might find you after the WYWH wrap up, save for Disenchanted - already dig that one and never miss an ep.!)
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2014
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    Well, I guess a possibility is that the one thing that does survive is the journal. There might be an epilogue of sorts where it makes it to a new group of survivors if Shaky left it somewhere it was found later?

    Or, here's a mind blowing idea I just had ... the Crossed take it and it becomes a new Bible, Word of God and all that.

    I'm getting a potential I am Legend feel for where Shaky is heading ... (the book, not that wretched movie with Will Smith).

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