VGHS: Episode Three (2012)

Another week, another lure you into a disliking of the opening scene. Yeah they did it again with the high school production value content, that makes me cringe with fear that each time it won’t be reversed into a play on itself. But it was (phew!) and quite nicely too. Waking up from dreams have always been a scape goat manoeuvre, but in this instance I felt that it was necessary to the cause.

Whenever I see cats come out of character’s mouths – this was a first – it needs to be returned to reality, or needs to be the base level of reality. I think returning to reality made the episode stronger since you know what’s possible, but is always going to be an alternate mindset. This comes even though The Law (played by Brian Firenzi) still acts like a cat in the reality of the character’s world.

I think the opening was my favourite section from this episode – despite I didn’t like the “high school video” feel. I think the menacing from The Law only rides on what he and Brian build in their figment world. Granted that Law is really a prick, his impact on Brian is as much as Brian allows – so this is only great for the character development, and of course the view on the character from the audience.

Now I wish Harry Potter (films 1-3) had seen how to portray a “brain freeze” shot, as Brian did in his dream. The action slowed down, there were other characters around to physically show what was happening, and it was menacing to watch. I could only imagine the shot with Brian on the floor, and The Law entering the screen from the right portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, respectively. Everything in this shot fell into place, and then the cat just made my day – kudos!

By now, we have learnt that Jenny Matrix (played by Johanna Braddy) is the person Brian is trying to impress. But we have also learnt that she isn’t a pushover in the world of FPS. It is nice to see that gender roles are reversed – not indefinitely – that Jenny is dominate, while Brian is… well, not. The opposite personas, both make then compatible, yet there is still that urge in your mind while watching it that Brian still has to prove his worthiness.

Commendations to The Pit scenes, as simply look amazing. It holds that paintball (or airsoft if you’re lucky) imaginings to a viewer if they’ve never experienced it before. The world of practice is indeed something you can find in the initial stages of your video games, and really feels like it’s a place that everybody at VGHS has attempted.

Additionally, the romance between Ted Wong (played by Jimmy Wong) and Ki Swan (played by Ellary Porterfield) is dynamically perfect. They meet, spend time together, and now going on a first date. They don’t need extended screen time, because that’s their relationship – and it’s perfect. Sometimes you find romances that take too long, and others that are too quick , but this in just right!