Author Topic: EP217: The Kindness of Strangers  (Read 21936 times)


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Re: EP217: The Kindness of Strangers
« Reply #80 on: November 14, 2009, 02:11:03 PM »
Well, I don't think I liked this story very much, but I didn't dislike it.  It was just kind of meh to me.  It seemed very real to me, and maybe that was the drawback and possible failure to it all.  Different people will react differently to catastrophic events.  When 9/11 happened, my girlfriend at the time wanted to go to NY and volunteer for the cleanup and wanted to save people.  I just wanted to ignore it and make it go away after I found that the people in NYC I knew were safe.  Was I sad for the loss and the tragedy?  Yes, but I couldn't cope with it, so I just wanted to ignore it until it went away.  Jenny was just coping the way she did, by ignoring the larger picture, and focusing on her own problems. 

I liked the reading, and I liked Norm. 
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Re: EP217: The Kindness of Strangers
« Reply #81 on: December 04, 2009, 09:16:50 AM »
I liked the story for many of the reasons others didn't.  Jenny had something of a redemption in the end, doing something no one else had the guts to, and the whole "cruel to be kind" theme -- omnipotent space aliens are a great metaphor for powers-that-be.  Makes you think of all the other decisions that are being made for us  "for our own good".

What would have been written. 

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Re: EP217: The Kindness of Strangers
« Reply #82 on: April 27, 2010, 12:23:52 PM »
I gave up on this one after about fifteen minutes.

Good premise, cities disappearing into thin air.  And then we spend the next ten minutes hearing her mope about the guy that was cheating on his wife with her, and blah blah blah.  When billions of people disappear, I do not want to hear someone bitch about their relationship troubles.  Maybe it was in character, but it was also very dull.

And when it did talk about the aliens, it was mostly listing dozens of cities, even more dull.  At least Escape Pod pays a flat rate, but at a market that payed per word I can just see a nickel being added to the stack for each city read straight off an atlas.

And, as others have pointed out, the fact that cell phones worked was just ridiculous.  Even if the cities just became unpopulated and not actually destroyed, you'd have no chance to get a call through.  When the I 35W bridge collapsed here in the Twin Cities you couldn't complete a call for at least 12 hours after that because of all the locals calling their friends, and all the people across the world who were calling TO locals to make sure they were okay.  Text messages went through most of the time since they take so little bandwidth.  And that didn't cause any significant damage to the communications architecture like erasing cities would do. 

Not that this story is the only one to make that major error, but it still bugs me.  Cloverfield did the same thing, hinging the entire plot on cell phone calls.  Yeah, a monster is destroying New York City and your call goes through on the first try? Yeah right.


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Did "The Kindness of Strangers" get on anybody's nerves?
« Reply #83 on: May 02, 2010, 05:35:23 AM »
The altruistic grandmother in the story was the only likable character.  The main character was way too self-absorbed and snotty to get behind even after all that's happened.  If the aliens had snapped and decided to vaporize a human to stop them from throwing rocks and shooting at them, I wouldn't mind it being her.