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    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Hah, I was right: phantom pain.

    It seems a bit precipitous for Miki to make that move on her own. Then again, given the precedents of Kait has done, well, it's not all that bad.

    My bet is that longer term Luke will be able to heal himself. Or rather, to turn his bits back on.

    <3 Alice.
    • CommentAuthorAmhuinn
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Hmmm... still not sure about the morality of what Miki did to Luke.

    Last episode, Luke seemed acutely aware and coherent and now he's back to seeming a little simple. Was that just a sudden wave of clarity, like he has these visionary episodes. Or was that Mark speaking through Luke in some way, or some seeds Mark left in Luke's mind?
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    @kradlum - woohoo! and congratulations! And Welcome to the world, little one!

    Still worried for Alice. So she's perfectly confident and competent with a shotgun. But I still worry she's choosing short term violence suppression over solid security by abandoning the tower. Not to mention, carrying a shotgun never made anyone bulletproof. Eek.

    Had been imagining a sort of chemical castration on Luke. if that's the case then his hormones would be completely worked over, testosterone almost nil along with other aggression-inducing or supporting chemicals. Still, I do wonder that such a fix couldn't be overcome by the package. And also marvel at the completely calm way Luke is taking the information. Not being aggressive wouldn't mean he wasn't unhappy about it. something else happened.

    Either way, I bet Kait is impressed.

    My week has been... good. it hasn't brought me anything materially good, and actually cost a bit but I'm satisfied. And that's gold.
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    ...Am I the only one wondering what's going on in the two white spaces that we're not seeing...?
    • CommentAuthorbobsyuncle
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Hey Ariana... Ah yes, west coast weather does like to make silly buggers of us all..

    I think Luke is in a very confused place right now. He's crazy, and posessed of a sickness that afflicts many perverts the world over, and yet he is intelligent enough to see it.He also seems to be more concerned with what's going on in his head and is surprised by outside stimuli. This may account for his confusion over his body awareness (tears, burning balls, etc.). Sirkka may be on the right track I'm just not sure the FA will be able to put him back together again. Someone may put a door in backwards for instance...
    It also does look like they may not have "fixed" Mark's drones as well as they thought . Here's hoping Batgirl Alice doesn't rip the bald guy too much of a new hole.
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    "funeral for wily" i think that may be the greatest line ever.
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    ...Am I the only one wondering what's going on in the two white spaces that we're not seeing...?

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    Right. I'll fill it in with a pretend story element in my head then. Smile and nod.
    • CommentAuthorjista
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    @kradlum: congratulations! May you and your new son have many happy years.

    @razrangel: quite possible miki also ramped up dopamine production in lukes brain. Would explain a lot.

    Finally, @bobsyuncle: from what we've seen of alice I think its safe to say she will rip the running gunman a new 12 bore sized hole. Perhaps two of them. Or a simple rappelling curb stomp, also quite likely given their positions in the last panel :)

    Cheers, till next week
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    Ooh, the tension is ramping up. Exciting.

    @kradlum Yay!

    For my part, I've collected loads and loads of data this week (getting closer to a publication!!) and also I've been working on helping my friend get Internet back to his family in Egypt.

    So far I've suggested IP over shortwave transceiver, or international dialup. Those seem to be the options, unless you're one of the very few to have a sat phone. He'd tell them to try either of those options if their landline would work for more than ten seconds.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Mr Kradlum (and the Mrs) congratulations and best wishes.

    This weeks episode had me going from laughter to wha?? SILENCE! at the click of a mouse. Nicely paced there Mr Ellis.

    Stray thoughts on Luke; did Miki just do his nads? L is also for lobotomy, perhaps just a little bit?
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    A wild theory that occured to me - does traumatic upgrading leave a mark? Arkady was initially upgraded by ODing - she ended up more powerful but spaced out, as if she's still on whatever drugs she was taking when she died. Luke was upgraded by being shot through the head - he now seems scatterbrained and simple minded, even though his brain grew back.

    Of course Connor also shot himself though the brain and he seems fine (maybe he hit different areas? or does being prepared count?), and God knows what's going on with Mark...
    • CommentAuthoryperite
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    As far as Luke's weird attitude goes, it is reported that after castration people can have mood changes, sometimes involving depression or a more serene outlook.
    • CommentAuthorAmhuinn
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    It's just odd that when Luke's making his big speeches, he seems very intelligent (mentally and emotionally) and self-aware. The rest of the time, he's acting like he's brain damaged. Like a switch flipping on and off.

    I REALLY want to know what Mark's deal is. Can't wait for him to wake up.
    • CommentAuthorBeebo
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    Sussed the castration pretty well. Now, what's with the army of Mark's minions, who notice he's no longer in their heads? When is the USAF helicopter going to reappear? Will Alice shoot it down with a shotgun?
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    Another revealing episode of FA. The way Miki took care of Luke is at least questionable... And Alice: way to go!!!

    Busy week behind me: the moving of my daughter is finished, which was extra tiresome since I had to perform nightshift as well this week. Next week promised to be better since we were going on a vacation, but that one is cancelled: we were going to tour Egypt...

    @Kradlum: congrats, hope you're all happy and healthy. :-)
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    I'm surprised this thread has gone so long with the incorrect episode number in the title, to be honest...
    • CommentAuthorbobsyuncle
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2011
    Never mind Luk's willy, Alice' shotgun needs a name,how about Hubert?
    • CommentAuthorkatrina
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2011
    Congrats, kradlum!

    I've sort of been wondering from the start how Luke fell to the bottom rung in the first place. What did he do to become a pariah, actually? During the flashbacks, he wasn't half bad. Then, what? They got to Whitechapel and he started peepin' and rapin' straight off instead of helping build things? I think I missed something.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2011 edited
    I agree with Katrina. There's a missing piece in Luke's story. But I daresay there are gaps all across the board, hm? The good news is that we are into the final volume... and that's where all the missing pieces come plunk, plunk, plunking into place. I mean, usually... that is, I hope!

    Meanwhile, in real life: Hey, kradlum! Cheers and congratumalations on the newbie! Give him a big, tickly burrfle for me, right on the tummy. And if I might wax philosophical for a moment, if baby can have his zwieback, maybe there's hope for Luke. Just sayin'.