AC: Bush43 Daily Week Two
milos_parker at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 16 08:32:48 PDT 2006
Review: BUSH43 # 25-29
or, "Week Two" :-)
Last week's daily installments of BUSH43 had a nice, slow-building
rhythm. Noir mood pervaded over the story, our hero struggled to do
right in a bad place, and the unabashedly sexy Cassandra Trellis caused
some curious stirrings in my bat belt. It was compelling and I could
tell it was building towards somewhere...
... and, apparently, it was building to the fight scene in # 24/25.
Though I suppose "build" is the wrong word: the fight scene isn't so
much a climax point in the story as it is a rhythm climax; that is,
it's not so much something that's built to by the four preceeding
issues as it is a carthartic action point.
After that point, the series slows down quite a bit, entering the
"downtime" stage that typically follows a climax; it's for this reason
that I designate the fight scene as occupying one of the climax points
in the story's structure.
The story does start building again, but it seems to do so at a
considerably slower pace than the previous episodes. And the reason
why is very, very simple: these last few issues are about numbers,
about public perception and straw polls. And numbers are very, very
(Ooh! A crossover with the ONION LAD # 9 thread! Now I've offended
all the mathematicians out there! Five b... five people offended!
Kenney keeps it kind of light, and the dialogue has a quality somewhat
reminicsant of screwball comedies, full of wit and playful
back-and-forth, and one-upmanship. But. It's still numbers. And, I'm
sorry, but the whole numbers/spin thing, for me, is dreadfully dull.
(For example, I absolutely can't stand WAG THE DOG, Mamet script
And I realize, what with Jeffrey working as a spin doctor, that there's
a fair chance there's going to be more of this as the series
progresses. So I might not be the ideal reader.
But, on the other hand, Jeffrey's moral dillemia is of interest to me,
and I trust Kenney as a writer. And I know that, as Jeffrey gets
better and better at spin, that moral dillemia will be amplified. So
I'm definitely going to stick it through.
And, besides, I wouldn't mind spending more time reading about
Cassandra Trellis and her bush. Er, Bush. 43, that is. Jeffrey.
About Cassandra and Jeffrey.
Oh, never mind. :-)
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