Welcome to Resonant Discussion, where I discuss an idea I have in the interest of contributing to and/ or sparking dialogue about it. In this article I’ll be discussing the ‘Ensemble’ trope in media, where different characters have to unite due to external circumstances/ threats. Usually five to eight of them, who bring internal and interpersonal conflicts which drives the storyline. Why is this trope so common, and what makes it so effective? Who does it resonate with? Will the author have another existential crisis? We’re about to find out!
I’ve wanted to find a more formal name for a lot of the articles I write. These are the articles where I have a topic that I really want to discuss, and start a discussion on. The ones where I have no illusions that my thoughts/ opinions are the right ones, or that there even is a right one. Instead where I have something I feel is interesting to say on both current topics, as well as observations I’ve made. These are often topics where I’m curious what other people have to say as well, and which benefit from a lot of viewpoints. Although for the moment it’s just my view, but said with an open-mind and in a positive light.
Consider this a sequel to the article I wrote on how there’s no way Fang and Vanille are straight, and then speculated on Lightning’s sexuality. Now that Lightning Returns is out, it’s worth revisitng those as we have the whole picture. Then I’ll touch briefly on Fang/ Lightning. The rest of the article is dedicated to the things I wanted to write, but that didn’t fit into the first two parts. This is the last article I’ll be doing on the XIII… For at least a month. It was never my intent for this project to look like a fansite for XIII, the timings just worked out that way.
I never expected to use this as a personal blog, but I wanted to share a bit on why I write what I do. As well as express how angry I am, despite trying to make this a place of positivity. Included below are personal discussions of bipolar disorder, identity politics, sex, relationships, and how I’m managing to navigate it all.
Lightning Returns is a brilliant story, often told poorly. In fact, that’s the XIII trilogy in a nutshell. The story has a core that is rock solid, but more layers than it should. XIII* is a love it/ hate it affair. Combine this with the poor direction of a pivotal cutscene, and you have a story which can be really obtuse. If the story speaks to you, and you’re willing to sift through a lot of unnecessary and/or strange concepts and ideas (much like you do reading this blog), then you’re going to have a great time (much like you do reading this blog… right?). If you just aren’t into it, then the layers are just going to obfuscate things further, and I totally understand if you leave the series frustrated.
It’s been almost a month since Lightning Returns was released and I’ve had time to process it. It should be obvious to anyone who reads this site, or knows me at all, that Final Fantasy XIII is my favourite game of all time. The trilogy is something I hold very close to my heart. It all wrapped up with Lightning Returns, and here’s my take on it.
Frozen runs in the same vein as Doctor Who in that I only got around to seeing it after I saw it referenced in about a dozen different discussions. Already widely acclaimed, I feel painfully late to the party. Doesn’t matter though, I’m still discussing it. In the spirit of this project, I want to touch on why it struck such a chord with me. From its quirky story, to its portrayal of sisterhood, to why I wept during ‘Let It Go’. Complete with momentary tangents I feel like indulging as I write.
Resonance Frequency exists because of the power of myth. It exists to analyze, discuss, and express my thoughts and feelings on the stories/ myths which have power in my life. The power to guide, inform, shape, and/ or challenge my view of the world. Resonance Frequency also exists because I’m terrified to see the strongest, most resonant signals, become increasingly lost in the static of the modern world. This blog/ project is therapy for me, a way to tune into what I love and engage with it as I struggle to navigate the world at large. To figure out why we love what we love, celebrate it. All of this, in the face of a society increasingly mired in signal and noise, in an effort to preserve a piece of this. The guiding lights, in a sky that has become so bright that I can no longer see the stars.
So much has been written on Deus Ex: Human Revolution already that I don’t want to reiterate what has already been said. However, there is something which struck me while I was playing Human Revolution which hasn’t gotten enough attention. It happened as I was walking through the convention hall in Detroit on my way to confront Taggart. This man was giving a speech about the dangers of trans-humanism at a time when a growing subset of the general population had become augmented. There was a woman in the lobby yelling to all that would listen that being augmented is a beautiful thing, that it’s nothing to fear and even this might be a natural part of us. In that moment, I realized that Human Revolution is not a narrative about trans-humanism. It is about how society deals with change.