Fractale 3 – Grand Theft Fractale
Seriously, that is pretty much how Lost Millennium approaches its mission against the Fractale system old lady mages: Just jump in and blast the shit out of everything. But clearly they did not take it far enough — they should have rode in one of those mobile homes and started running over people for maximum effect.
On a more serious note . . . uh, damn. I think that eases my concerns about Fractale‘s plot getting a move on. The conflict has evolved into one of the old standbys — security vs. freedom. As it is right now, the people in Fractale‘s world are secure: The computers take care of everything, and nobody has to worry about anything of major concern like money or health care or whatever . . . but it comes at the cost of choice, freedom, privacy, etc. because computers can’t really be in control of everything unless they’re really in control of everything. And on the other side, Lost Millennium is fighting back by “regressing” to where we are right now. They’ve got to work for what they have, and a good life is not a guarantee, but they actually are free to live how they choose (as long as they don’t get caught).
I’d wonder if the two sides could co-exist, but that’s never really possible with these fictional totalitarian societies. Enough people catch wind of an alternative lifestyle and defect, and boom, suddenly the totalitarians have lost their grip on power. Still wondering if either side — if any — is “right” though. Obviously there’s a lot we don’t know about the conflict; seems silly to take anyone at face value right now. The Fractale folks seem to be doing Not Cool things like brainwashing (if that’s what it really is, of course) and whatnot, but Lost Millennium does shoot first, and we really have nothing to justify it save their word. People die pretty violently on both sides; if I were Clain, I wouldn’t be sure what to think.
Also wondering if Real Nessa knew this was coming — seems likely to me, considering what we have seen of Doppel technology so far. So that begs the question: If she knew this was coming, then why did she let it progress to the degree it did? There were guards around, but come on, they were like Metal Gear Solid guards at best. There couldn’t have been others stationed around to stop this from going on?
(Of course, there’s the Devil’s Advocate point: Just because the doppel looks like Nessa does not necessarily mean that the doppel belongs to Nessa. The doppel didn’t come around until after Phryne left; seems pretty likely that this doppel is a way for Phryne to keep tabs on Clain while she is off doing whatever it is she is doing. But what purpose would there be to watching Clain? Hell if I know. Not like he was anyone important at the time; he was just a curiosity to Phryne.)
Whatever the case, Phryne is back and ready to do . . . I don’t know. Real Nessa is happy to see Phryne; Phryne does not seem quite as pleased. Maybe it’s all the people who are dead. I don’t know. I’m interested to see what will go down next episode, because I’m not really sure if Phryne will side completely with either party. I’m not sure I would side with an organization dumb enough to charge in a frontal assault against magical beings, either, even if they are all old ladies.
This would scare the fuck out of me. GET OFF MY COMPUTER SCREEN, NESSA