Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Archie Post: Mecha-Sally Plotfail?

This is a totally off topic for the site post!
If you don't collect the Archie Sonic Comics then....you won't care. If you do...and you know this blog, you'll also know they're not approved of here all the time, for various reasons. So here goes another one!

As you know Sally has been robotosized in a recent issue.
This is actually her second time for it, the first one occurring quite early in the series and lasting like half an issue before they 'fixed her'. This one, clearly a larger point has to stick around longer. The set up for it was actually good, a noble sacrifice on her part, etc etc. Everyone's really moved by it and all, and Robotnick (and in the Archie verse it'll ALWAYS be Robotnick, even though they say the word 'eggman' for him) has been tearing up heck with her ever since.

"The most evil threat to Mobius Ever!! MECHA SALLY OMG"

But has anyone taken a look at WHY that's supposed to be true?
(if they did, it falls apart in 1 second)

What has the comic & the show stated a billion times about Sally?
What makes her special is that she is supposed to be this big tactical genius. She's not great because she's a princess, a mixed-species creature, a girl, a love-interest, or because she's super strong. She's supposed to be great because she is SMART. That's IT. That's like...the extent of her power aside from getting like really super preferential writing. Everything else she's merely good at because of practice & etc. (sword fighting, kung fu, hacking, & whatever flavor of the week people think it's cool to have) Again though...being talented at something takes some thought...it's not a magic power.

What is the nature of "being robotosized"?
It turns the person into a (and I QUOTE) "Mindless SLAVE of Robotnick"

Mindless. Slave.
That means no will, no smarts, no planning. All the "robo people" do is follow his orders and that's IT. So robotosizing her would do absolutely NOTHING to make her 'deadlier' in any way. It nullifies the SINGLE thing she was actually good at, which was tactics/brains. She had 0 inherent physical talents that this process could "pick on" to make some sort of super robot.

Robotosized Sonic?
Whatever is making him fast will make the robot fast. You don't need a brain to do that.
Robotosized Shadow?
Still might be able to Chaos Control. Still no brain needed.
Robotosized Mighty?
Still gonna be super strong.
You can go on and on with the rest of the chars while having it be somewhat believable.

But mindless-izing "the smart one" just doesn't work in the continuity.

WHY is she "such a threat"?
She should be the total opposite of a threat. Unless the book explains it in a future issue it won't make sense and that's only going by THEIR own continuity! I'd put a good nickle down on the bet that they won't ever explain why her robo form is so "Mega Powerful & Dangerous".

"Well then, that would stink! There's be no story there!"
Robotnick robo's her, expecting this great thing. Instead, she's a mindless slave, just like their every plot says she would be. She's no good. She's a disappointing because he robbed her of her only power. He's furious. Until he realizes...he can repeatedly put her in danger now.

FF's threatening your base?
Oh no, Mecha Sally is standing in the way of their guns. Better not shoot.
FF's shooting down your Eggrubbish?
Oh no, Mecha Sally is on board, better not crash it!

She's like the perfect hostage who you can command to endanger itself. She'll never try to run away and you can command her to walk into a wall of flames if it'll distract 'that hedgehog' so you can get away with whatever. She's DEVASTATING but in a totally STRANGE FRESH way that can still torment the cast. So now, they've got to fight her without harming her, keep her from self-harm AND fight Robotnick. It all fits with their cannon, and it works. He would love to keep her around because he knows the FF's would never lay a finger on her, no matter how many times she's at the middle of his mess.


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