All entries written in February, 2007
I suppose I'm trying to make one post in each of the major categories before The Gauntlet
begins its run next week, so that none of the sidebar links will still be empty by then. In that spirit, here is the first entry into the "Thoughts" section, i.e. stuff that isn't School Kids SG
but which interests or inspires me. ABC's hit show LOST has often inspired or interested me, and I really love looking at it from a storyteller's perspective. Unlike almost everyone else I know, I still have faith that the writers have some kind of long-term plan, at least in basic terms, and when I see hints of a framework that engages my thoughts in the show, it makes me smile even if there's no one else around.
With that in mind: I have an idea about what might happen tonight that I want to put on-record before the new episode airs. If anyone would care to discuss these things with me, go ahead and leave a comment, and I'll try to respond as quickly as I can.
There are spoilers from this point on. You've been warned.
Claire is going to die. Not Charlie, Claire.
Two of the great things about LOST are that its characters are sometimes human, and its plots are sometimes subtle. Remember the episode entitled The Glass Ballerina
from earlier this season? The relevance of the ballerina to the rest of the story wasn't concretely spelled out, but it seems clear that we were meant to assume that Sun lied about cheating on Jin. If she was capable of lying about breaking the ballerina, she was capable of fathering a child with...that bald guy, whose name I forget. But I digress.
It seems to me that just because Desmond has seen
the future (let's take it for granted that this is actually true, for now) doesn't mean that he automatically knows how to interpret
what he sees. What if he hadn't
acted to save Claire in last week's episode? Charlie might have tried to save her and drowned...but then wouldn't Claire still have drowned, too, with her rescuer out of commission? Same thing with the lightning strike. I find it hard to believe that a bolt of lightning hitting a little hut built from wood and airplane parts wouldn't have killed everyone
inside, i.e. Charlie and
Claire. So Claire has died in both of Desmond's visions, and Charlie has only died as well because of his proximity
Put simply, I think that Desmond is missing the forest (or I guess the jungle) for the trees. He focuses on Charlie in his visions because Charlie is the one most active in all these incidents, but I think it's just as likely that Claire could wind up being the one to die. If Charlie dies, too, it will only be failing to rescue Claire.
Why would the writers of LOST allow Claire to die? Simple: to pick up one of the longest hanging plot threads from season one. Claire's child, according to the psychic she visited in Australia, must be raised by Claire, or else there will be dire consequences. Think of the button last season: how disappointed would we have been if it wound up doing nothing, if the countdown was meaningless after all? The same holds true for little Aaron--why tell the audience what would happen if he were raised by somebody other than Claire if that isn't going to come back into play at some point?
I'm greatly looking forward to tonight's installment. Perhaps I'll be way off base, but even then, perhaps LOST will surprise me with something else
that isn't the obvious "Charlie dies" scenario. Maybe the only thing I like more than seeing the story framework of a well-plotted show is getting thrown a curveball once in a while.
Hi there, and welcome to School Kids SG
! As you may already know, this site will soon contain a whole series of stories, which will come to you chapter-by-chapter in the form of blog posts. If you haven't gone to the "first time visitors" page under the About menu on the right, you can do that right now to learn more about what SKSG
is and what sorts of things you're going to see on here in the coming weeks.
School Kids SG
the series will begin running on the site as of March 9, 2007 (i.e., this is the day on which the first chapter of the first story will be posted). After that, at least one new chapter will be posted every week, but that's not all.
I have all sorts of other content lying around, such as character profiles, artwork, maps of locations described in the stories, and expanded information on the SKSG
universe I've spent the last several years creating. I'll try to post these things as often as I can. Also, let's not forget that this is
, after all, a blog site. When blogging in the past, I've occasionally gotten the urge to write, say, a review of a videogame, book, or movie, or maybe just to talk about something in the world that inspired me or something in the news that interested me. That's what the "Thoughts" section on the sidebar menu is going to be for. I hope some of you who read SKSG
will also read these posts once in a while and comment on them, because discussing things with other people is a lot more interesting than talking to myself.
That's it for the introduction--from now on, School Kids SG
is going to speak for itself. Over the next two weeks between now and March 9, I'm going to post some supplemental content in preparation for the first SKSG
story, which is called The Gauntlet
. I think I'll start with brief profiles of the first three characters you're going to meet: Mark, Lyle, and Flint.
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The quick version
: School Kids SG
is an ongoing fiction series that combines Asian cultural influences, comic-book-style dialogue and video game combat aesthetics into a totally unique sci-fi story. It's set in the year 2029 and follows the adventures of 16-year-old Mark Daley and his friends, who try (and often fail) to live normal lives in a town full of technological warfare and anime-inspired drama.
The in-depth version:
This is the blurb I used on the main page when I was still constructing this site, before I opened it and started posting stories. It was intended to get people interested:
It is the year 2029, and the Go-Cart Gang is gone. They were the last in a long line of vigilante groups who defended the town of Woodvale, and before they retired, the brought peace to the Prattcorn Valley. As a new era dawns in the twilight of the vigilante age, Mark Daley, a sophomore at Woodvale High, sets out to find himself and his place in the world....
School Kids SG
is primarily about Mark Daley, his friends and enemies. All of these characters live in or orbit the town of Woodvale, New Jersey, which is just like any other preppy suburb, with one major difference: Woodvale has a long history of breeding young vigilantes. In fact, there have been a total of six vigilante groups in Woodvale since 1997, all of which defended the streets and schools against gangs, bullies, and other malevolent forces. A lot of weird, futuristic technology has shown up on both sides of the vigilante and gang wars from mysterious origins, and these machines have served as both a catalyst for the conflict and a means of escalating more "normal" conflicts that already existed.
To put it another way: the formula behind School Kids SG
is that typical high school drama + bizarre technology = a warring states situation.
School Kids SG
begins in the year 2029, just about two years after the most recent Woodvale vigilante group, who called themselves the Go-Cart Gang, had their final battle with their arch enemies, the Canarre Gang. With all their nemeses defeated, the Go-Cart Gang retired, and there have been no new gangs or vigilante groups since. This places Mark and the rest of the SKSG
characters in the middle of an interesting transitional period, but Woodvale is still Woodvale, and everyone in town is still feeling the aftershocks of the vigilante and gang wars. Mark in particular seems helpless to avoid stumbling into all kinds of crazy adventures, and on top of that, he's on the verge of some major changes in his personal life as the series begins....