I’m kind of… frustrated with how consistently dismissive characters and the world this past season have been of Fero.
[spoiler]I think a lot of it comes down to this notion that while all the PCs are deeply flawed in some way, the world and these characters’ interactions frequently either indulge or are shaped by these flaws. However, with Fero, the world instead seems to either skirt around these flaws or criticize them in ways that don’t really feel constructive. While I think I’d agree that Fero’s recent tendency to scream at people for not doing what aligns with his views isn’t great, that’s sort of felt like an aggravated result of Fero’s views being left out of the picture entirely.
Fero’s abilities erasing parts of the world is definitely a fascinating development! Having this be used as a token to say that Fero isn’t being considerate enough of the impacts he has on the world kind of feels shitty! This may be a flaw on my part for not having the best memory, but when the sands of Rosemerrow disappeared, and it came up that Fero didn’t investigate the empty feeling he had when he tried to turn into a wolf, I had no memory of what was being referenced. But to be told that he should have paid more attention to that trend and then immediately, as he tries to inquire more about the place his powers come from, and he tries to stop and be more considerate of the notions of the world around him, to be then told not to worry how the grand tour works, it’s “just magic,” kind of also feels shitty!
I really overall like this episode. A lot of great things happened! Ephrim! Samothes! Arrell! Alyosha! Thorondir! Corsica!
Severea and Galenica! The Grand Tour! The star stuff! It was great! But almost every single conversation that included Fero just plain felt bad for reasons that had as much to do with Fero as they did everyone else in the scene.
I don’t know, I’m still working out exactly how I feel about things. I had to lay down for a while after listening to this episode. I think I should take a walk.[/spoiler]