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    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    It's Friday, it's FREAKANGELS: In which the greatest minds of their generation sit around and talk about balls-all. But Alice is all right.

    Morning' Whitechapel. We've had 60°F and sunny weather here in the Bay Area all week. Except I wasn't actually here for half of it. But still, it's totally just begging to put away winter blankets and clothing... and then of course it'll drop down to fucking freezing again. I WILL NOT BE FOOLED.

    How's everyone?
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Blimey, that is an episode and half. I even feel sorry for Luke.

    I've been ill the last few days and off work, which means tonight missing free whisky, beer and haggis. And a home I've been avoiding the boy, as I don't want him to get this either.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    Luke seems pretty chilled about being castrated.

    Is FreakAngels Vol 5 hitting the comic shops about now?

    The baby finally popped out at 5:38pm on Monday after a short (compared to the last one) labour, weighing 9lb 4oz. Mother and baby came home on Tuesday. We still haven't agreed on a name for him yet. Getting back into the swing of interrupted sleep and washing bottles and not knowing what day it is. I realised it was Friday at about 2 minutes before FA was put up (then my wireless went down).
    • CommentAuthorZaratustra
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    "Miki, what did you do to Luke's balls?"

    Questions you hope you never have to ask a certain kind of friend but you know you inevitably will.
      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    Wow, so being run as a drone is addictive then? And Mark's big plan seems to have been sending people out in the street to massacre the population. Somehow I expected something more complex.

    And Luke doesn't seem that concerned about his sudden loss of manhood. I suspect Miki did some work on his brain as well - assuming that Jack didn't blow something important out onto the street.

    Here it is devillishly hot and humid. We were looking forwards to a week or so of similar weather with temperatures in the low 40s (about 110 in the old money) and humidity to make a lizard sweat from its eyeballs. But now they've revised the forecast and put us on cyclone (hurricane, typhoon, whatever you prefer) watch instead. Which is a bit of a novelty (the last one to get this far south was in 1989). If we don't get completely flattened by Cyclone Bianca on Sunday we can at least look forwards to cooler temperatures for the rest of the week.

    Edit: Congrats Kradlum!
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    God, I love Alice. She could easily be the 'Angel's buttmonkey, but she holds her own, that one.

    The Influence has hit my home. My wife's been down since Monday with the flu, and I've had a cough. We're both on Tamiflu, so whatever I've got isn't getting any worse, and she's improving day by day.

    The post-holiday inertia has broken, so I've resumed work on three writing projects: one twelve page barbarian joint, that one I've been working on with Neil, and a prose serial for Weaponizer.

    @Kradlum: Congratulations!
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    @Kradlum: Congratulations!

    Ariana, you are wise not to be fooled. People round here keep saying things like "It's nearly the end of January, spring is here", as if they can't remember all the snow we've had right through to March before. Guessing that specific problem isn't likely to affect you, but still...

    Cracking episode. Alice once again cements her reputation for badassery, and those panels of her rapelling down the tower are lovely.

    All good here, glad it's the weekend.
    • CommentAuthorarf
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Castrated him... a bit?
    Given that Luke was always prone to think with the base of his spine, this would explain his behaviour since he woke up.
    (...and puts the thing on his forehead in a whole new light!)

    'Dearly beloved...' (fades with E. John's 'Funeral for a Friend')
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    @Kradlum - Congratulations to you, your other half and the baby. Probably best you don't call the baby Luke. :)

    Alice is cool.

    Wouldn't Luke's missing bits grow back eventually? Does Miki have the power to cancel out another Freakangel's transformative powers?
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    The pages with Alice are so exciting and compelling. Just love her!
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Good morning!

    Alice had me scared shitless w/ that first page, man. I hope the Little Bleeder keeps it cool.

    Great episode. Thanks.

    @Kradlum - Congratulations!
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    ( psst, Ariana, quick - this is episode 123, not 122! )

    Luke does seem unusually calm about what's been done to him, above and beyond what simply getting snipped a few hours back would seem to imply. I guess we should just be glad he's not growing bitch tits.

    Alice as usual is her wonderfully independent and resourceful self. We all hope she knows what she's getting into, but fear she doesn't.

    @Purple Wyrm - I doubt that being a drone is addictive. It seems much more likely that the poor bastard was already pretty well broken by the time Mark found him, and probably thought that God itself was talking to him. When the rest of them suddenly took that away, so great, he's not a drone anymore - but he still remembers being 'special', and wants it back. Maybe?
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    I love Alice. I love her so much.
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    @staticgirl I don't think Miki took out any of Luke's bits, so there's nothing to heal. She says she "turned them off". her knowledge of anatomy and medicine is greater than his, so it's possible he won't be able to figure out how to fix them.

    @Kradlum congratulations!
    • CommentAuthorMyles
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    @Purple Wyrm and Berserker: I would think that the poor bastard is probably still following whatever orders Mark left in his head rather than acting of his own free will. Remember that when Alice arrived in Whitechapel she wasn't being activley run by Mark but was just following whatever orders he had implanted beforehand. I assume that mark left contingency plans in this fellows head that said somethin along the lines of "if at any time you sense the lack of my psychic presence you will do x". X, in this case, assumedly being some sort of plan of action to help mark out of whatever. Evidently the drone is now aware of what he's doing but still no more able of resisting marks pre-programmed control.
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    Having an Alice drop on you suddenly would be rather off-putting...
    But he's chasing someone with a gun, so he rather deserves it.

    Hee Miki ; )
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    Alas, poor Willy! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
    of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
    borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
    abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
    it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
    not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
    gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
    that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
    now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
    Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let
    her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
    come; make her laugh at that.

    I'm fucking sorry...
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    @Kradlum - Congratulations! Babies rock!

    Digging Alice. She's so "Action Hero" - bless her.

    Miki had the right idea. I don't trust Luke or Mark.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    @Myles - In episode 113 they used their newly upgraded talents to find those drones and 'purge' them of those little seeds that Mark had planted. So I don't think myself that this is any sort of remaining 'instructions' - those were removed.

    But, just because the instructions were taken out doesn't mean that they thought of everything else. Like someone under his control being so insane that he maybe LIKED hearing the reassuring voice, or they forgot to purge BOTH the instructions AND the memories? They did have their hands full at the time... Or maybe Purple Wyrm is right, and while Mark was giving them instructions he was also ramping up the endorphins in their brains while he did it, and REALLY WAS making junkies out of them.

    And yeah, maybe too it's possible that Mark is far better at putting those instructions in than the rest are at taking them out - he is clearly the authority among them when it comes to messing in peoples skull-meats. And he was clearly still doing a lot of it AFTER he was accidentally upgraded by Kirk and Karl way back when he was initially kicked out.

    ( I'd considered the possibility that he simply wandered in after that happened, but the amount of time between them purging the drones and putting up the 'moat' is way too narrow to allow that, I think... )

    So many of us were (more or less) correct about Miki 'snipping' Luke. But something about Luke is still really bugging me - he's just so completely the opposite of who he was. That, or the old Luke was a lot more of a show than was let on earlier - but that doesn't seem to be the case. From what I know, castration does suppress sexual urges, but he seems to have lost EVERYTHING. His confidence, arrogance, everything. It's like he's had his entire personality yanked out. Granted, he's been through a LOT, but...

    Something isn't adding up with him, and it's getting creepy.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Alice is the Batman of Whitechapel. That is all.