sa09 is here to save the day

24 03 2011

And it’ll prove that crime will never paaay.

One full ‘mini-story’ arc, where we finally see Astro Gal in action. I put a lot of thought into it, trying to figure out the most realistic take I could on this. That’s something that shows like Heroes never even attempted; it just showed superpowers, not superHEROES. How would a genuine costumed crimefighter work? Let’s find out.

Personal bloggy note: Man, the Internet is soaked in Haterade this week. If you’ve followed my Twitter, you’ll note that I’ve been seeing nothing but spite and complaint and argument on all the various forums I read. Generally it always takes the shape of “$THING sucks, and $THINGCREATOR sucks, and it’s ruined because of $ASPECTINCONTENTION, and I can’t believe all you $THINGCREATOR fanboy defenders are so stupid not to see that.”

Ahh, the age old siren song of the internet forum. I guess it’s par for course, and normally I shrug it off, but… I saw a LOT of it this week. Example: Team Fortress 2 gets hated on for its optional microtransaction store. Today, they released wearable hats that, when purchased, donate 100% of the purchase price to the Red Cross’s Japan Disaster Relief Fund. So, I bought the most expensive hat, and put it on, and went off to shoot people. Immediately I got people yelling at me in voice chat, calling me an idiot, and elitist, threatening to ban me from the servers, etc.

The old saying goes “A person is okay. PEOPLE are asshats.” (Well, not EXACTLY like that, but.) It’s a sour thing to put faith in. I really want to be more like Una… believing that people essentially want to be decent, and it’s their fears that make them do otherwise. Some days, that’s hard to believe.

Okay. Rant over. Story time. Let me know what you think.

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24 03 2011
Anonymous

wow i can’t believe you got hated on for something like that…
then again I haven’t gamed online in awhile so i’ve been fairly shielded from the stupidity therein

24 03 2011
eyeless1

Yeah, seriously. I own a Linux box and a Wii, so I don’t even own anything that can do online multiplayer; I’m glad I’m not missing much.

24 03 2011
eyeless1

“The air cushion threatened to slam her against the front like a bug on the windshield, but she accelerated into it, compensating.”
Didn’t Mythbusters do a thing on this, proving that air cushions around moving vehicles really aren’t all that big a deal? I mean, sure, buses and such are really aerodynamically inefficient, but they’re really not pushing that much air in front of them so much as causing enough drag to impact fuel economy. Anyway, if anything the air cushion would be preventing her from splattering on the windshield, not pushing her towards it.
“One full ‘mini-story’ arc, where we finally see Astro Gal in action. I put a lot of thought into it, trying to figure out the most realistic take I could on this. That’s something that shows like Heroes never even attempted; it just showed superpowers, not superHEROES. How would a genuine costumed crimefighter work? Let’s find out.”
The biggest disappointment was Smallville. Now, I admit I haven’t watched all, what, ten seasons of it? The parts I did watch, though, had every superhero being the Batman vigilante type; not one hero decided to ever try to work with law enforcement and strike some kind of arrangement. Not that I entirely blame them; all it would take is one overly ambitious defense attorney, and a judge to agree with him, and all of a sudden our Astro Gal’s secret will be a matter of public record (or, hell, any number of bad actors can leak the info), but it’s somewhat shocking that not one of the superpowered crimefighters ever tried.
That said, it’s a little worrisome that Carrie immediately went for the “open to local authorities” route. It indicates a blind spot on her part: on her world, supers have obviously had this sort of arrangement with law enforcement for a long time, but here she’ll be trailblazing, in a legal sense, and thus her and her foster family will be dragged into many potential political, legal, and even criminal consequences as a result. It won’t happen in this case for the sake of the story, if if this were happening in real life I’d suspect that Carrie will be spending the next decade or so in court.

24 03 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I dunno — I was going by the notes I’d collected for the “Jesse and Gilbert on a broomstick in front of a moving train” incident. I’ll just edit that bit out; it’s minor, anyway.
Carrie’s probably being a bit naive, putting her trust in them right away. But, it’s in line with her personal philosophy, which is very silver-agey — that you can trust authority figures to do the right thing. Fortunately for her, the authority figures she’s dealing with aren’t corrupt, and she does have friends in high places to back her up. Name-dropping Una gave her a lot of cred (and even a skeezier police chief would’ve thought twice about throwing the book at her, knowing it’d enrage the leader of your #1 rival nation).

24 03 2011
jengagne

— I’m lucky it didn’t ricochet and hit you — ooh, good point. When in practice she probably angles her body a bit off to the side to reduce the chances of that.
— Okay, I love her career-counseling Dennis. XD
— Chief Barbara. Heheh. Nice ref.
— and slowly lowered into a volcano — XD
— painted shut years ago — Man, this whole update is making me laugh.
— Neat summary of the tricky physics of bus-stoppage.
— I think you did the right thing using the order you did for the story: the mugger, police station, THEN bus. Mugger is good warm-up and it’s important that she meet O’Dare and offer her services before the bus… and now that there will be publicity O’Dare is more likely to say yes. (that in combination with her success, obviously.)

24 03 2011
jengagne

“but they’re really not pushing that much air in front of them so much as causing enough drag to impact fuel economy”
Wellll, technically Mythbusters tested that too (in reverse) when they did their truck drifting MPG tests. Not that that’s necessarily enough to affect Carrie of course.
It probably isn’t very safe of Carrie to be honest with O’Dare — but it may still be the right thing to do, ethically.

25 03 2011
pyromaniac_ks

Ah. That’d explain it. A train in a tunnel isn’t exactly the same as a bus just driving around in the open.

25 03 2011
Anonymous

Great update!
And, yes, this chapter alone is better than all of Heroes. Not sure whether I like it better than Greatest American Hero, although at least she’s smart enough to use a mask.
Good order of scenes. I agree with Jenny.
I love how thoughtful Astro Gal is interns of legal follow through, relationship with authorities, and the physics-related consequences of her actions.

16 04 2011
Anonymous

Shit happens. Rest well.
-Some Random Fan

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