Spoilers for the middle of episode 3 in Life is Strange 2
Whoo hoo! Romance! Nudity! FINALLY!
But before we get there….
So, trained Daniel. That bit where he picks up the tree and scowls all “I’m not a kid anymore” was intense and very well done.
Then hung out, drew a picture, heard everyone’s sadness, that was interesting, found that Finn was pretty normal with his “dreams,” didn’t smoke weed in front of Daniel, did stay up and got a haircut and flirted with Cassidy. I have quite the mohawk now. Then slept too late, ran to the truck, there was a montage, Merrill was paying us, Daniel snuck in, I didn’t say anything, Finn got punched.
Then the goodbye party. I totally don’t trust this Jacob. I told Finn that I wasn’t going to let Daniel do his plan (and yet….I fell this heist is gonna happen whether I want it to or not…..), talked to dudes, got a wolf tattoo, went skinny dipping with Cassidy, kissed her, and then back to the tent and I said “Oh dear, this could get inappropriate fast, kids around” hit save.
Not bad! And you’re still done and physics makes no sense.
So themes….maybe I was too distracted by ROMANCE showing up in a game finally, but themes…reaching. I guess this bit is here to start to show that Finn isn’t the wholesome, free, benevolent leader that everyone thinks he is. He’s selfish as hell. He will happily use his “relatives,” and happily throw them under the bus just like his family did to him. Is this about the fallacy of family, chosen or otherwise?
And, nudity aside, what do you make of Cassidy? She’s a great character, so I want to think that she’s here for reasons other than boobs and ROMANCE and “Hey, look, Sean is coming of age and girls over Daniel” because that would be such a simple use of a great character.
Anyway, that’s what I did. What’s your take?
Dude! So many differences! I did not get a haircut (I went to bed when Daniel did instead, and then later there was a wistful “sort of wish I’d stayed up with everyone else, though” note in the journal) OR a tattoo (Cassidy said “well, I like your clean-cut pretty boy look anyway”).
So we’ll see what difference that ends up making.
And, well, yeah. I think Cassidy is there to be the romance, the person that Sean is thinking about instead of Daniel, but I think that’s not in a simple way, like “we just wanted a love interest.” I think she’s the wider world, in a sense: she’s human society (not just the two of them alone), she’s other viewpoints, she’s different art forms (music, while Sean draws). She reminds Sean that other people have their own valid reasons for doing what they do, just the way he has his. And she’s a really nice person, and she helped them out (the connection to this group, and this job), so in a way she represents the good stuff in the wider world.
It’s possible for Sean to expand his focus from JUST taking care of Daniel and saving up money, and Cassidy is some good reasons why he might want to do that. I mean, some literal good reasons, not just that she has boobs. (Which, given that Sean is 17 and we’re both starved for video game romance, does go a long way.)
It’s like, there are cool people in the world that you might want to hang out with. There are things you might want to do that aren’t escaping to Mexico.
Which complicates the story! But that’s life for you.
Whoa! You missed the haircut?
So while getting a haircut, it goes first person, and you (Sean) can’t move the camera around and you are staring at Cassidy. The whole time. Can’t NOT stare at Cassidy.
But you still could go skinny dipping? She wasn’t all “Hey, clean cut dude, we’re just friends?”
Did you ask Cassidy to come with you to Mexico? Cuz I did.
Hmm. I didn’t make that connection, that she was a musician and he draws. That makes sense. She is the wider world. Maybe I messed up asking her to go to Mexico. Sean should realize that there’s other places but Mexico. That said, Mexico is symbolic of his (original) family, his father. There’s some “I’m clinging to my childhood” with Mexico (or Peurto Lobos especially). That’s where his dad is from, so it isn’t “I’m finding my own way.” Maybe he’d be better following Cassidy.
Did you go skinny dipping?
I did ask her to come! And she was all “aw, that’s sweet, I’d love to visit sometime, but for now my path lies in another direction,” or something along those lines. Which I expected, I didn’t really see the game actually turning us into a trio, but it seemed like something Sean would have asked.
And yes, I went skinny dipping. She liked my clean-cut pretty boy look just fine, man. And honestly, I turned down the tattoo in part because I was thinking “I need to start looking for Daniel soon, and if it turns out I spent time getting a tattoo and that’s when he ran off or something, I’m going to feel bad,” but then we took a break to go swimming anyway, so whatever. It’s cool.
A break to “go swimming.”
Hey, Daniel’s gonna love the tattoo. I got a wolf. Of course.
So is the next scene a scene I should play with no one else around and the shades closed?
Well…it’s not graphic. There’s talk, but not super explicit talk, and the action fades to black. So probably no kids just because awkward, but there’s nothing that would scandalize the neighbors if they caught a glimpse through the window.
Unless she really digs the haircut and tattoo so much that things go differently for you. Which is possible, I suppose.
Hey, I’m already taken aback by the nudity. Was not expecting nudity to that extent. Didn’t think this was a shades down kinda game.
Live and learn.
I do have a fancy look now. And still hanging onto those condoms.
Those are well travelled condoms.
It pays to think ahead! Even if not right away.
Gotta admit, makes him look a little desperate.
So you didn’t get any of Finn and Hannah talking about sex?
Ah…no. Not that I recall. Not if it was during a haircut or a tattoo.
So after the haircut, Sean is getting all moony with Cassidy, and Finn asks Hannah if she wants to get busy. Sean is all “Oh, I didn’t know you two were together….” and Finn and Hannah are all “We’re not, man, we’re free.” Finn says “I just see humans, man, people. And fun is fun” free love blah blah blah. Cassidy doesn’t say anything, but Sean is obviously disappointed at the idea of not being in a traditional relationship. He likes his freedom, but, on the other hand, he longs for the old “normal” ways.
Oh, and there was an odd dialog choice where Finn, who is obviously bi, asks Sean if he’s the same way and you can pick “I like girls, I like guys, I like both, never thought about it.” I thought that was an odd and slightly gratuitous thing to throw in there. I picked “I like girls,” as we have ample evidence he does and no evidence he doesn’t. He’s certainly thought about it. I certainly have no problem with gay characters (lord knows I’ve had enough lesbians saving the world), but to ask Sean that, at that point, after Jenn and Cassidy and no one else was jarring.
Drat. Missed the sex talk. Siiiigh. I better have really made Daniel feel cared about by going to bed when he went. We’ll just have to see how all these things shake out at the end!
We did have a short conversation where he said he still liked the watch but it was getting too small, and then I told him some more of the wolf brother story, so it was a nice moment. It will be interesting to see how and whether this impacts the later story.
Oh–and I totally forgot the other difference! You said that when Daniel snuck into the office and there was all that kerfuffle, you didn’t say anything and Finn got punched? Well, I claimed responsibility for throwing the ashtray or whatever it was, and I got punched. So that’s another thing.
Man, I don’t even know us anymore. You’d almost think we weren’t exactly the same person.
Dude….we diverged THAT much?
You didn’t tell Finn you’d go along with his plan, did you? Cuz that would be a bridge too far.
No, no. I didn’t go that far. I turned him down repeatedly. I’m glad we have SOME standards.
Because it really is not only a bad, risky plan, but a terrible thing to encourage Daniel to do. “Sure, let’s use my little brother’s superpowers for crime!”
NOT what dad would have wanted. And as you said, it was interesting that Finn, who seemed so cool and to really like Daniel, IMMEDIATELY went to “here’s how this can make me some money.”
Thanks, man. You’re a real friend.
Not that we didn’t see this coming. A little.
Though it is interesting that the threat from Finn at the start of the episode was that he was being too nice to Daniel, that he was better at being a brother/father than Sean. Now, the threat from him is that he’s a terrible person looking to exploit Daniel.
Sorta Brody in reverse, who, at first, looked like someone who would try to exploit Daniel and turned out to be a great guy.
Yeah, there was always something a bit slick about him. I get the sense that he’s charming, and pleasant to be around, and perfectly nice to everyone, but he’s primarily committed to himself, not the group.
Which, given how many of our choices are weighted as either “two wolves/togetherness” or “one wolf/we’re out for ourselves,” makes him a really interesting potential role model for Daniel, and even for Sean. If we’d played it that way, we could totally have supported his influence on Daniel: “you know, he’s right, we have to do whatever it takes to get what we want.” I’m sure Daniel would have been easy to convince and we could all have gone off together to commit the heist or whatever.
But no, we’re being all moral and “let’s not involve children in stealing from drug dealers.”
Well, he did have a point about money being handy. But I don’t trust him at all to share.
Oh yes, he’s absolutely right about that. It IS good to have money! And hey, this is kind of the most moral crime we could commit: stealing from another criminal!
This wouldn’t have worked quite as well with the legitimate business of, say, an organic winery, so as I said yesterday, it does kind of matter to the plot that they ended up on a weed farm. The game could perhaps have made a similar moral argument if the organic winery owners were huge jerks who deserved to be robbed, or something, but I think for purposes of making this a decision that you really could make either way and not feel like a completely terrible person, this set-up works well.
I mean, do I feel super bad about robbing Merrill, specifically? Meh. He gave us a chance and apparently pays fairly and although he’s a hard-ass, I don’t really hold his decisions against him. On the other hand, he was going to let my kid brother get beaten up and he fired us, so…enh.
It really is mainly hard to justify because it not only sets a bad example for Daniel, but also puts him in actual danger. Neither one of which I was about to do. But again, I could see playing it with another emphasis, more lone wolf “we do what we have to” and you wouldn’t have to be a total cold-blooded criminal to do that.
Merrill’s a criminal himself, he’s got plenty more money, he’ll be fine, Daniel’s power will protect us, and then we’ll go to Mexico! It could be tempting.
It could be tempting. I was not tempted, but some of that is metagame. I will be stunned if we see Mexico, so stealing to get there is not smart.
And yes, you’re right, there’s a reason it’s on a weed farm. Should’ve known.
It does seem like a bit of a fantasy. I mean, you have to have a goal, and it’s their dad’s hometown, so it’s understandable, but is it really a workable idea? Just escape to Mexico like old timey outlaws and assume the feds won’t chase them anymore?
Well, you know the answer to that question.
Unless there isn’t one answer. I very much suspect that there are multiple endings to this game. Shit, we got drastically different endings to episode 2.
Maybe you get there, maybe you don’t. Maybe whatever happened to you won’t happen to me. Happened once already.
It’s completely true! I don’t know what’s going to happen to you. Your eventual fate is a mystery to me. Should be interesting to see what turns out to be different.
Mr. Fancy Hair and Tattoo over there.
The tattoo is kinda messy. But whatever. Hair’s tight.
And it’ll probably matter. It seems STUFF MATTERS.