First of all, this is my first post here so I would like to thank Adam, JP, everyone in the cast and whoever might remain behind the curtain for making my favorite RP show.
Being done with the top part of the compliment sandwich I would like to offer some thoughts on this episode.
Artemis in my opinion did great. She's really coming in as a very sympathetic character who's trying to do her best, but gets caught up in ridiculous antics of the crew. There's a lot of potential for character growth there and many possible paths for her to take. I can't wait to see where she finds herself at by the end of the season.
Hamish and McCullough are fantastic supporting characters, providing some guidance and comic relief, when it was necessary. Wouldn't mind to see more of them, even a glimpse.
"Elevator" smalltalk between Rex and magician's assistent was very entertaining. I got a good chuckle out of that.
Here are some things that did not sit right with me though:
1) Sam (Rex) straight up refusing to follow Adam's lead and talk to Raul felt a bit iffy, like Sam knew Adam can't kill him, so he was just pushing it. On the other hand Rex is a tough guy who certainly isn't in touch with his feelings, so I that was in character for him. Perhaps I'm just reading too much into it.
2) I may be looking at this wrong, but it feels to me like Luna is lacking direction. Outside of situations that require immediate reaction from her, she seems like a character driven by "class" or stereotype, rather than personality. Basically, whenever downtime occures she's immediately back to dissecting people or brewing potions. I get that she's a typical mad scientist, but right now Luna is all functionality and no personality, making her nearly a psychopath. It's not easy to realte to such a character, making her less enjoyable to watch.
3) Speaking of psychopaths, Basil. He's definitely one. Watching murderhobos for me is only fun when there's a full party of them and the adventure is tailored to this specific style of debauchery. And even then it gets old fast. In my opinion Basil has the same problem as Luna, being driven (almost) purely by a singular idea of "killing fleshlings" . In addition to all the same problems Luna has, this disrupts the flow of the story quite severely, And being encouraged by GM in his antics doesn't help, particularly when I know how much Jesse enjoys being a powergamer. One of the most egregious moments was Basil gaining control over a robot army without as much as roll. And then sending said army after another PC. And then almost killing her just for kicks. If I'm being honest I wouldn't want a character like this in my party.
And, it feels like the party right now consists only of Rex and Artemis. They're the only people having a bond and a genuine relationship. Luna is new to the crew, so it's reasonable that she feels like an outsider still, but why would anyone continue to drag Basil around after all the shit he'd pulled, I don't know. I sincerely hope he get some character development as soon as possible.
Now, don't get me wrong, I still like the show and none of what I said matters as long as everyone on the show is having fun with it. Still, I figured that some discussion would be interesting, and, maybe it will provide cast with a bit of an outside perspective.
PS. Posted this comment in a wrong thread first, sorry about that.