Jet wrote:Everyone gets to do a Q&A with their pokemon and stuff, so I wanna do one too! Since there wont be an episode in November I'm wondering if we could make one happen? From now until the end of November, If you have any questions for me or any character in this nuzlocke, dead or alive, feel free to send me a pm with the subject Q&A
Oh. Oh, you poor, poor bastard. When taking the last breath before drowning to death in the PMs, just remember, you have only yourself to blame for this. You poor bastard you.
Anyway, eworm is back and oh gee, two pages worth of essaying, so let me get right to it.
Is the Extravaganza here yet? Because we already have the winner in the Best Supporting Character category, so might as well get the formality over with. Seriously, this Juniper of yours is reaching perfection with every update and with every update keeps getting better. These two statements can't be true at once, of course, yet they are. Bad Jet! Stop breaking logic! No treats for you!
"You can't fix the world's mistakes out of guilt over your own". Dayum, put that on a fortune cookie. And the promptly announce that fortune cookies are no longer synonymous with cheap pseudo-advice, 'cause this one's solid. And it makes me think about how Jet and N very nearly became the exact same through being the exact opposite. N never got to experience the harshness of trainer choices for himself, never got to truly be the part of this world, only being shown and told about some of the results, the bad ones. And because he doesn't get it, he wants to change it. Meanwhile, Jet almost joined him in the same goal from the exact opposite side - she committed the mistakes, made the bad choices and - as Juniper points out in this scene - forgot about the other side, about the positive elements of being a trainer, of living with Pokémon. Overthinking as usual, but it's truly incredible how similar, yet different N and Jet can be in so many ways. Now if only N had his own Juniper (*coughLil'Dogcough*), maybe things would be different.
Or if Jet had her own Ghetsis. Oo, that would be interesting... Though I suppose N has become that in the Chargestone Cave... Wow, somebody needs to make him realize that.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, gushing. And of course no gush sesh is complete without mentioning Bianca the gush geyser. Gushzer. Pouty Bianca was great, yet among the rightful outburst she didn't mention the hiker thing and I'm not letting it go, she has clearly repressed it deeply and it can't be healthy in the long run, she didn't even touch her drink (that she didn't have until that Audino took it from her), that girl needs help before it's too late. This is what happens when you remove the overprotective dad, you monster.
Is that a heart on that Audino's nurse cap, oh my God, that's the cutest gosh darn thing. Unlike that terrifying Swanna, what happened to that poor thing, N was right all along.
Let me point out that RedEye's Ability is clearly Heatproof, otherwise Sir Francis would have long boiled him alive with his flaming scarf beard.
I like Jet still having her doubts. It would have been all too easy to make N doubt her, then Juniper clear those doubts away and bam, character development over. Instead both sides gave her some food for thought and she has to digest it on her own. And the digestion process is complex and takes time. I could take this metaphor further, but I'm gonna stop before I start describing Jet's eventual maturity as actual poop, oops, too late.
The Pokémon also get some more screentime and I like the hint at an awesome July vs Skyla fight. Hope she knows some Rock moves by this point or this Swanna might be a problem. Please don't make it that bizarre Swanna from the Center, this would undermine the epic Gym fight so bad, but you've already set a precedence with Clay's Palpitoad, oh no, you're totally gonna do this, aren't you, N was right all along
Major cares not for your emotional turmoils, just keep that hat on and it's all good. He's gonna just casually wreck Ghetsis in the climax, isn't he.
And then wondering about what to do with her being a trainer doubts, Jet suddenly thinks of Cheren. That's a nice touch - here's a guy who most definitely has no doubts about that - and that's what his weakness is, his blind dedication to the otherwise good goal. Wait, is that guy also N's mirror image? They're both convinced they're doing the right thing and rush to their respective end goals with reckless abandon, even though they desire severely contrasting things... Stop making every character reflect N in some way! What's next, is Bianca gonna have like a dad who wants her to live a sheltered life or... some... thing...
Jet used Mind Blown
The panel right after Jet is challenged by Random Trainer has Major disappear for a sec, only to reappear immediately after. You even make sure to put in little mistakes like this to avoid alienating your readers with your perfection, how perfect of you.
The conclusion Jet reaches (perhaps temporarily but still) about battling only other trainers and not wild Pokémon seems like both a good compromise and a possible "make it harder" additional Nuzlocke rule. It actually makes me wonder if you did that for a while around that point in the game, perhaps worrying about being overleveled or something. But probably I'm reading too much into it.
"Now we just g
ave to win", typo. And DripDrop's line I think was supposed to read "Sploosh", not "slpoosh". Again, how perfect of you.
Let me get this straight. Jet reaches the conclusion she's gonna be a responsible and wise trainer. Then she immediately gets into a fight against a Pokémon the Ground type Gym Leader used against her. Then she decides to use Electric attacks against it. Unless you're planning to compound even more guilt onto Jet in order to force her to ask for help from somebody more calculated, analytical and knowledgeable (and yes, I do mean she should train under Cheren and travel with him for a while, DO IT), then you really picked a wrong way to portray Zoie's apparent death. That one was 100% Jet's forgetfulness and carelessness and she has no excuse to make. I suspect this is what actually happened in the game (in which case what is wrong with you), but you not taking the artistic liberties by changing Palpitoad into something else has some actual story and character consequences and I just hope you realize this. Seriously though, Cheren.
Vomiting Woopers, is it Friday already, DripDrop?
Firedog's remark about how reasonable dropping out seems at this point highlights an interesting point - the lack of a goal to the journey. Technically Jet is aiming for the League, but she's hardly devoted to being the Champ like Cheren. She's mostly just trying to have fun - and with all that happened, continuing seems actually counter-productive to that vague aim. Even stopping Team Plasma is a) not something she's sure is right to do at this point and b) something Alder (among others) is already working on, she's hardly necessary. So without a defined purpose, it really doesn't feel like Jet should continue... Hm...
Also, I like Firedog referring to Sir Francis as "big guy", when he started with calling him "kid" or just "Tepig" way back then. They did not get along, now look at them all... tolerating each other... Yeah. Puts a tear in your eye, doesn't it.
Zoie's death explains how little development she's had (like Princess before her and the traded Minccino whose name escapes me), but I'm still waiting for RedEye to start growing into his own. A clone of Major's "absent and silent" thing is unnecessary and boring, especially when there's so much potential hilarity in that fish bowl. Again, propelling himself with skillful blasts of water, jumping out only to bite-and-run, I'm really fond of this cartoon-esque idea and even if you don't go with it, I just want the fish to get some personality or unique quirkiness. And then Skyla kills him and it becomes clear no new Pokémon is allowed to live