You can't talk about SOTF without talking about Adam Dodd, one of the founding members of the v2 site and possibly the biggest contributer to v1 aside from Kaishi herself. I located though, not the man himself, but the character and with one session I managed to get what would be dubbed by me: the Dodderview.
Adam Dodd, possibly the pinnacle of SOTF writing and a character that still influences the universe today. From entire characters based on him, to the scar on Danya's face. It's a great honor to talk to you today Mr. Dodd, how're you doing?
I'm all right, thanks, and yourself?
Well, now that I'm talking to you, I suppose I have no reason not to be. But, I digress, let's start the interview. Your return has been one of the biggest conversation starters of the v3 pre-game, what're your thoughts on the matter?
Heh, yeah, it's something that I knew would start a few water-cooler conversations, at least. Coming strictly from a production standpoint, it's wonderful. You have so many other people who have to establish themselves and who they are, where they've been and what they've done - and I don't have to do that. It makes things easier, because Adam Dodd's whole story played out in front of everyone in the first season. This time around, everyone knows who he is, and he isn't going in this innocent, naive teenager this time. Now he's a bitter adult, so it'll be refreshing to be able to relax a little with the planning aspect of the whole thing.
On the topic of your return, some have expressed concern that you're going to be stealing the limelight from the rest of the v3 cast.
Heh, straight to the hard questions, eh? Well, no, I don't necessarily think that I'll be doing that - at least, I won't be trying to steal anyone's limelight. With the first season, the problem was that we had some internal issues right around the middling-to-end of the season, and so the writers really had to scramble to change plans around. Some people, who were supposed to do more ended up doing less, and vice-versa. I was one of the ones who ended up doing more, and ended up reaping the benefits and the popularity of the whole thing. For instance, I know that Cody was never really supposed to have any kind of a program with me, it was supposed to be him against Sidney, straight up. Things changed and we had to change that into a triangle. I don't foresee the same sort of thing happening with the third season, everyone seems to be fairly reliable, which wasn't necessarily the case with the first season.
About the first season: it is almost excluded from all the criticism that v2 has gotten, do you think that this is because of a general and significant superiority over v2 or because of another reason?
l...no...I think that the second season was a lot different. People weren't used to it. It was a set of new characters in a new environment. It was run by different people. People were bound to have qualms about it, and I guess from what others've said, it's more of a 'growing pains' thing than anything else. I can't...I can't really say much, I was kind of distanced from the whole thing and didn't expect to be involved with it again afterwards - I had a bit of a falling out with the new producers and wasn't involved for quite a long time. I can sort of liken it to how the first season of Survivor never gets criticized. Nobody knew what to expect, nobody knew how to play that game. The second time around, everyone wanted to compare everyone to Richard Hatch, everyone was looking for the next 'Rats and Snakes' speech...doesn't mean that Survivor: Australia was any worse, nor was Tina a bad winner. They were different, and people weren't used to that. They kept wondering who the next Hawley Faust would be, and I think that was a cloud that kind of hung over the thing.
And you think those comparisons will be absent for v3?
I think they'll still be there, but to a far lesser extent. I mean, that's one of the big reasons that I was brought back, of that I'm almost certain. One of the biggest complaints that I've heard in regards to the second season was how 'planned out' everything was, and how it was almost predictable, in a way. Bringing me back was something that I don't think a lot of people expected, so hopefully that'll show the fans and the critics that we're back to the spontaneity that everyone loved about the first go-round. Also, the complaints are bound to be tempered, just, if nothing else - because of the fact that we're out of the second season. A lot of people don't believe that SOTF has anywhere to go but up. I don't necessarily agree, but I can see how some of that carries some legitimacy. I definitely thought things were far too planned out. Too fucking repetitive, if you ask me....oh, shoot, I'm sorry. I guess I'm not allowed to curse, am I?
Well, now that you mention cursing, I suppose we should ask the question on everybody's mind: does your morphine addiction still haunt you till this day?
(laughs) Ohhh, jeez. That, I've gotta tell you, was so much fun. OBVIOUSLY I wasn't actually doped up on morphine, but they had me go to a hospital and actually watch some people who've gotten on morphine and had bad reactions to it. It's funny, for sure - but also a little sad, because the poor people have no idea what's going on. I can definitely tell you that everyone was up in stitches over that. I don't think people actually figured that 'Adam's morphine rant' might actually be a defining moment of the season. I sure as hell didn't. But I guess, to set the record straight: nah, there's no morphine addiction. But I wouldn't be entirely surprised if some were stumbled upon in season three. (grins)
Well, let's get back into the topic everyone wants to hear about: how will you go about playing v3?
Everyone seems to have a lot of things on their mind. Well. I can't obviously tell you what they've got planned for me - truth is, I don't really know, at this point. But I know that there'll certainly be some development in character from when Adam left off, at the epilogue of the first season, to the first time we see him in season three. As I mentioned before, he's not going to be the naive teenager anymore. I suppose it also depends what weapon he ends up drawing. If he draws something like a shotgun, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he reverted back into his V1 mode, shooting first and asking questions later on. It'll be a shock to be back, and I'm sure the first little while, Adam's going to have a hard time dealing with it. If there's a time he'll be most vulnerable and most likely to get picked off, that'll most certainly be it. I think it's really a crap-shoot. Adam was a heroic figure the first time around...I'm sure some people wouldn't be shocked to see him do the same kind of thing he did the first time...but you never know. Adam could end up as a motivator - wouldn't that just be shits and giggles, eh?
Well, while I think people may be shitting themselves, I don't think it'll be due to laughter.
Yeah, well - I'm fully prepared for there to be a relatively large anti-Adam backlash, if anything. Some people aren't going to want to see me back again, just because it'll be the same old complaint that, like you mentioned, I'm 'stealing the spotlight' or whatever.
Well, you mentioned earlier about the continuation of Dodd's degradation into villianitude. Can we assume then that the therapy that followed SOTF wasn't as effective as implied in your bio?
I...(thinks)...I wouldn't assume anything, truth be told. Yeah, there's no doubt that the therapy won't have been as effective. That much is almost obvious. Adam's got demons - I mean, who wouldn't after going through what he did? And like you see in the bio, Adam's become, at least in hockey - prone to violent outbursts. But think about it - Danya took these kids and killed most of them, knowing full well that whomever came out alive would come out as a trained killer. It's almost like a horrific kind of military service. You take me, you put me through hell, through a war, and I come out completely different and changed. I think that Adam won't have the slightest problem killing anyone, not the second time around, anyways. You know what you have to do to survive, and this time I don't forsee him having any issues doing it. Think about it, Danya's killed all of his friends, the girl he was in love with, his cousin, his two best friends from another school, and basically everyone that he ever knew. Now he's got some quasi-celebrity and all from being subjected to a horrific brand of almost-torture, and he can't escape it. S'bound to fuck someone's mind up.
You mentioned his friends and of course Amanda, any chance Dodd might get relationships that rival or even surpass those he made in v1? Or is he pretty much put-off from friends in general due to the events of v1 and the fear of losing said friends?
Yeah, I think there's a good chance. That's one thing about me - I'm a person who enjoys being social. Of course I'll take times to be on my own, but I love socializing with people. I think it'll be very difficult for him to trust anyone completely, but once he does, they'll have his trust forever. I think in his post-v1 life, he's not going to have many friends - though everyone will know who he is, of course. Actually, there are plans in the works in that he'll go into V3 with someone that he...actually, I shouldn't be telling y'all this...
Oh, c'mon now, might as well give us a little something to whet our whistle.
(smirk) ...yeah, what the hell. Anyways, at some point which may or may not be shown in the pre-v3 stuff, Adam's going to be approached by a kid who, at first glance, seems like a normal kid, but is actually hiding a really interesting secret from everyone, and it's a secret that directly ties into what Adam's gone through - and he's going to end up befriending this guy, and he's going to end up being Adam's only real ally when he starts off. Which is a complete 180 from the first season, because if you remember, Adam was fairly popular and well-known and it lent itself to finding allies a lot easier.
May I go out on a limb here and say: Ken Lawson?
Yeah, good call. I actually went out and asked the writers to do that, because I felt that Ken...rather, Burton...was someone who was pitifully underused in the second season - mainly because of the fact that his primary writer left before he even made his debut. I thought that the guy had an incredible persona and requested that he be brought back SOMEHOW...they managed to do it in a fairly creative way that wasn't totally implausible, which was good.
Well, Adam, this has been a rather enlightening interview. Anything to say to your crowds of adoring fans?
No, not really anything specific to say to the fans, except thanks for all of your support, and hopefully I'll be able to bring some more solid moments to the third season. I do, however, have something a little more in-depth to say to my critics...
And that is?
Give me a chance. A lot of people have been saying stuff about how it's strictly a gimmick, it's solely something that the writers are doing for nostalgia's sake because they feel as though they long too much for the old days of the first season. Nothing could be further from the truth. Once I heard that we were hitting a third season, I asked to come back. I wanted to come back. There were too many things about the ending of season one that I didn't care for, especially as the time passed. I felt that there was more story to tell. Here's a guy who lived by his friends, and lived for his friends - they all died, and he lived. It didn't seem right to me that he'd just be able to sit back and go on to his normal life. It didn't make sense. I just felt there was more story to tell. Some people aren't willing to give me a chance, and I think those people really need to relax and see things for how they are. I'm not a nostalgic old veteran coming back solely to take back the spotlight, and the writers aren't bringing me back as a gimmick, or because they can't think of anything else to do but bring Dodd back. That isn't the case at all, and I really think that people need to see that. Try and look past your dislike and just let me try and entertain you. If I go far...great. If I don't...great. I'm just back because there's more story to tell. And to the critics of V3 in general, I say the same thing - give it a chance. I really think it's raring up to be a hell of a show. And that's it, really.
Inspiring words from an even more inspiring word-smith, this is Chad, and goodnight.