Re: Requiem script detail
Posted by Model Builder on 6/11/2012, 8:07 pm, in reply to "Re: Requiem script detail"
: I have located the "radio broadcast" of
: "Requiem" on You Tube, and plan to listen to it in
: full later today. Though I have known about Michael Reaves
: unmade final "D&D/C" episode for some time now, I have
: as yet neither heard nor read it. I think it is about time that
: I did so; especially since it is referenced so often on this
: Good! Can't wait to discuss! =)
Well, I just finished listening to (and reading along with the script of,) Michael Reaves' unmade final episode for the Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon, "Requiem"
I must say that my views are mixed.
Overall, I liked Mr. Reaves' approach to the ending, where the Young Ones got a real chance to go home, no strings attached (but left open the possibility that they would choose to remain in The Realm for further adventures.)
For the moment, I will sidestep the idea of whether or not it is possible for one so evil as Venger to be "redeemed." (Admittedly, this was the approach taken with Darth Vader in "Return of the Jedi." But Vader sacrificed himself to save his son, and paid for his previous evil deeds with his life in the end . . . .) This would make a VERY good, heated discussion topic at HTS all by itself. But for now, I will limit my complaints to deviations from established canon.
Now, I do understand that "Requiem" was intended to be the series finale, so some "out of character" stuff is to be expected, but it has to be within reason. My main complaint is that I do not see Bobby and Sheila disagreeing so vehemently to the point of splitting up. Sheila would definitely have stayed with Bobby for the purpose of looking out for him; even if she agreed wholeheartedly with Hank.
I also raised an eyebrow when Hank attempted to use his bow to try and force down the flying galleon to prevent Eric's party from reaching the cenotaph.
Minor "Hardware Geek" complaint: A galleon is too advanced a vessel for the medieval world of The Realm. A cog or a nef would be more in line with what the Realm would have been able to build. (Unless a galleon came from "our world" a century or so before the Young Ones arrived. Such a ship could have been "reverse-engineered" by the shipwrights of The Realm without too much difficulty.
Ultimately, I suppose that all the above complaints are minor, and in the final cartoon version, may even have been "fixable" with a pencil slash after Mr. Reaves discussed his idea with the other series writers.
But if "Requiem" had been a "Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon" fanfic, I would have given it nothing above a solid "B."
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