Saturday, January 4, 2014

Three Things

1. I always presumed that the culprit in The Final Scene was crazy. As in, they had legitimate psychological issues surrounding the theater, so they literally couldn't think correctly.  I based these ideas off of the endgame sequence, where the culprit talks about the theater, as if it won't be destroyed in minutes.  That is major denial there.

Now, the game tries to explain how the culprit teleported across the theater during the kidnapping; one of the audio messages you hear was on an automatic timer.  You can find this hidden in the culprit's area, at the end of the game.

I am not going to think about the creepy, creepy possibility that the culprit kidnapped Maya for reasons other than stopping the theater's demolition...

2. With Ghost of Thornton Hall, people question how Charlotte's ghost wrote Nancy's name on the blank tombstone in the graveyard, considering that she's a ghost.  Her Interactive has confirmed that it was Harper who did that; Harper just doesn't take credit for it.

3. In general, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys go through a lot of life-threatening accidents. Usually, at the end of the book/game, the culprit takes responsibility for these accidents, saying they wanted to scare the detectives off the case.

Very rarely does anyone point out that attempted murder is a crime in and of itself.  In most cases, murder is a much more serious crime than the crime that the culprit is trying to protect!

But then again, I'm willing to overlook some illogical felonies every now and then, because it makes the stories more exciting.

9 comments:

GameOverTown said...

What I didn't understand was how in Danger on Deception Island Nancy found a note that said where to go (port or starboard) to avoid getting caught on the ship. Did the person who wrote that note have ESP?

GameOverTown said...

What I also don't understand is how Nancy can pick up a bunch of objects that aren't used until way later in the game.

C said...

Wait. "I am not going to think about the creepy, creepy possibility that the culprit kidnapped Maya for reasons other than stopping the theater's demolition". Didn't the culprit mean to kidnap Brady, though? But Maya walked in and they panicked and grabbed her instead.

And GameOverTown, I haven't played DDI in a long time (even though it's my second favorite), but I thought the port/starboard thing was for the caves above the anvil, not the ship.

GameOverTown said...

Oh, well, I suppose I could be mistaken. I haven't played it in a while either. I should really read a walkthrough for it...

GameOverTown said...

No, you're right, C. I just checked.

Anonymous said...

Definitely Joseph had legitimate mental problems. Personal opinion, he was suffering from delusions. I think that’s evident from the fact he lied to Nancy about his brother still being alive. He *said* it’s because he didn’t want Nancy to worry about him, but that’s kind of a weird reason if you think about it. He and Nancy had only known each other for 2 days (I think) at that point, and they were most likely never going to see each other again. Why make up such a personal lie like that to appease a stranger? I could see maybe lying about that to your mother or your children, because they know and care about you, and you don’t want them to worry. I think he was trying to convince himself more than Nancy, as part of his delusions. Maybe in the back of his mind, (especially with the stress of the kidnapping), he *did* create a world where his brother was still alive and they could run a family business.

You could also argue fixing the key machine was part of his mental problems (which I think you touched on in your videos.) Why fix an old key machine when the building is going to be demolished? Kind of weird.

However, I’m still confused on how he switched rooms. I get that he left a recording of himself in his office and played it over the intercom while he was waiting for Brady in his room. That was actually a really good alibi and plan. But when Maya comes in, he grabs her, travels through the secret passageway, calls Nancy from Simone’s room to make the threat/ransom demand to save the theatre, and then, as soon as you hang up, he calls again, but this time, from his office (you get all this from the call ID on Brady’s phone.) I don’t know how he did that, and that was what made me eliminate him as suspect at first. When Nancy questions Brady, he says something like, “You think I kidnapped Maya and then walked in 2 seconds later? Where would I hid her? My back pocket?” That’s exactly what Joseph did! He kidnapped Maya, called from Simone’s room, and 2 seconds later, was in his office. I had to play the game again because I thought I had missed a secret passage in which he did that, but the blueprints say there are none.

I’m also confused on the reason why Joseph panicked and grabbed Maya in the first place. So what if she walked in on him in Brady’s room? He’s the caretaker. He could have said he was there cleaning up, walked out, and come back later to kidnap Brady. Unless he was standing there with rope and duct tape in his hands, it would have been really easy to explain why a theatre caretaker was in Brady’s room. But I guess you could argue that’s more proof of his mental problems and/or incompetence.

C said...

I’m also confused on the reason why Joseph panicked and grabbed Maya in the first place. So what if she walked in on him in Brady’s room? He’s the caretaker. He could have said he was there cleaning up, walked out, and come back later to kidnap Brady. Unless he was standing there with rope and duct tape in his hands, it would have been really easy to explain why a theatre caretaker was in Brady’s room. But I guess you could argue that’s more proof of his mental problems and/or incompetence.

Hmm, probably two things:

1. He WAS waiting there, not with duct tape necessarily, but likely in such a position that it would look suspicious. He was waiting to pounce, he wasn't just idly sitting down or sweeping the floor. His body language would immediately have been apparent and suspicious.

2. He acted on instinct. If you're gonna kidnap someone, you have to be quick about it. Or as quick as you can be when you're, what, 70 years old. You have to let your reflexes take over, otherwise the other person has the chance to fight back and/or get away. And also, he had absolutely no reason to assume anyone other than Brady would walk in. Basically, he was a spring-loaded trap; the door tripped him into action, and I'm sure that it was only AFTER he already grabbed her that she realized he wasn't Brady. And by then he had to roll with it, lest an awkward conversation ensue.

And then there're the points you brought up: he's incompetent and has some issues up there.

Last thing, right in your very question: he panicked. The plan had not gone right. Something unexpected hit him. Sometimes that's all there is to it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe josphe was takeing some drugs so then they made him crazey?

Vast Universe said...

Joseph is the one culprit I'd be terrified of immediately in real life....

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Definitely one of those types that has to live far away from schools and whatnot.

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