A lot of the plot doesn’t feel very well explained in the moment and some of the twists feel kind of random and not set up very well.
I feel like maybe I’ve explained this scene in this thread before, but if I did, it was many months ago: my stand-out moment is early in the game, when rebel leader Banon is pleading with Terra to help them. At this point it’s only been barely explained that Terra is special – she can cast the three most basic magic spells (Fire, Blizzard and Thunder), but that’s all we really know about her.
Banon goes on this speech about needing Terra’s help against the empire, but never actually says what he needs her to do or why she’s so important, just that she’s important, and she needs to come with them, back to Narshe, where the game started.
And I was a little confused as to what, exactly, this scene was trying to get me to do, because it brings up a choice where you can accept and go with the rebellion to Narshe, or you can refuse. Obviously the answer is to say yes, but I wasn’t clear on what either choice actually meant in the context of the story. Barely any weight was put on Terra’s ability to use magic, outside of Locke and Edgar going “Wow!” the first time she uses it with them in the party, and it had been hours since the intro in Narshe.
The game is full of little confusing moments like that, and some of that I’ll blame on me only playing the game like, 30 minutes a week, but not all of that can be so easily explained away. Like how Celes is super against doing the opera, only to turn on a dime 180 degrees and instantly throw herself in to it. Like, nobody even makes an effort to really convince her from what I remember, it’s just “NO WAY I’LL NEVER DO IT THIS IS THE WORST IDEA… actually, this rules, I’m going to get dressed”
It feels like it WANTS to be this big epic story but they don’t know how to manage the limitations of the hardware so it all comes off feeling really half-baked in a way that, yeah, Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG and other classic RPGs of that era don’t. I keep picturing a Final Fantasy 6 remake that actually gives this story a little more room to breathe and establish things better.