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Old December 14 2011, 10:04 PM   #85
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Re: Does It Get Better???

stj wrote: View Post
Paris' decision to save Harry is offscreen because seeing him come to the rescue is supposed to be a bravo moment.
When Han Solo swoops in to help Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars, it's a bravo moment, too. Supporting characters get those sometimes. But Luke's still the protagonist, not Han.

Harry's presumably dramatic decision to return to the ship may be technically on screen but it's not dramatized. There's no high point or exciting scene like Tom the Hero swooping in to save his friend.
They attempt to dramatize it when Harry finds out that his friend, Danny Byrd, is lost on the Voyager instead of him in this reality. But its not very successful -- Kim never seriously considers staying, even though he's been handed exactly what he wants. I've criticized this twice before, though.

Keeping the protagonist off screen isn't clumsy writing.
To the degree that the would-be protagonist is absent from nearly three-quarters of the story? Yeah it is.

There really isn't any reason why alternate Tom can't straighten up his act if he's really inspired to hope. Nor is there any reason why his situation is so dire as to merit suicide. (There's no reason to think any universes are destroyed in this scenario.) This weak motivation for Tom may be why the character didn't just dominate the story, even though all the heroics are due to him.
All the heroics aren't due to Tom. Harry isn't nearly as passive as you're suggesting.

Harry succeeds in nothing, other than, presumably, pleasing Libby during the fadeout.
Right. Except for getting home to Voyager, the only goal that matters.
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