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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Prog 282

I did it again. No sooner do I admit to no longer disliking a thrill that it finishes. This prog sees the last episode of The Mean Area. If I had known that this is all it takes then I would have pretended to have come around to it long ago. The finish felt a little abrupt, as if Tharg had suddenly decided that everyone involved had given it a good go but enough is enough.

Previously, it had taken Tallon weeks of episodes to track down a single member of The Hexa-Gang, the group responsible for his brother’s death, but this time he got the last two in just a couple. Embarrassingly for me, one of them is Kevin O’Conner, the sports commentator who had taken the killing of Mother Vlad off air so that the reputation of Street Soccer would remain intact. It turns out that what I thought of as an act of honour was actually more selfishly motivated. Either that, or script robot A Ridgway received the order to terminate the strip more recently than I first thought.

As it turns out, all O’Conner had done to contribute to Paul Tallon’s death was to start a rumour that he was a coward resulting in him playing a riskier game. It seems a bit much to me for Matt Tallon to decide that this makes him partially responsible for his brother’s death. After all, isn’t this the sort of thing that tabloid newspapers do all the time in the real world? Would you blame the editor of The Sun for the death of Heather Mills if she had acted on her suicidal thoughts, for example? It’s a cruel world out there, Tallon. Just because your brother lost his leg in an accident and has donated eighty percent of his income to charity doesn’t mean that he isn’t a fair target for untruths and innuendo. After all, he did used to be a glamour model and marry the nation’s favourite surviving Beatle after Ringo Star. He probably deserved it.

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  • think of the *method* of their 'deaths'

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 1:40 pm  

  • er, what did you, etc

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 1:41 pm  

  • Yeah, they ended up as computer game characters. That is well out of tone.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:49 pm  

  • Quite a "Where the drokk did they pull that from?" moment for me, too

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 3:12 pm  

  • I can't remember the ending of the strip. Computer game characters?

    By Blogger Stavros, at 4:33 am  

  • the final arena was going to be virtual. By a 'freak explosion' the two bad guys got transformed into game sprites, forever.


    By Blogger Drhoz, at 5:32 am  

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