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Author Topic: Pseudopod 114: The Cellar  (Read 6972 times)


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Reply #20 on: December 12, 2019, 05:11:09 PM
I gave this one 10 minutes and it bored me to tears. 

1.  The old man visits the house--nothing of interest happens
2.  The man finds out wife is pregnant, accuses her of cheating--conflict, that's good at least, but nothing I couldn't find on Maury.
3.  Two completely unnamed kids go into house--nothing of interest happens.

The telling was much too distant.  When the two kids are only describes by their relative weights, but no names, it strikes me as either lazy, or intentionally hiding details just so you can say "Ha, twist!"  It sounds like it was the latter, but basing a twist only on withholding information that would've been obvious to anyone actually experiencing the story is a weak story element, IMO.  At the very least it distances me extremely from the characters, and if I don't care about them, then what's the point?

It all ties together in the end.

Not one of my very favorite episodes but it's pretty solid. Ian Stuart's performance was top-notch as always.