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Good lord… wasn’t the last six months dedicated to showing off how the wolves were a scapegoat, and the members of the actual pig-killing group have been shown to be diverse to the extent of having pigs themselves amongst their members? Like, multiple characters from every faction stating and confirming that the wolves as a whole were not behind it.
And yet people are still seeing a single wolf approaching a single pig and immediately suspecting the wolf? Even though the signs of the pig killers have been repeatedly shown – phonecalls, letters, that drug/poison stuff, abducting pigs from their homes – did people just forget about that? It’s like that one wolf who tried to shelter at Walt’s house during the bloodbath and people accused him of being a pig-killer in spite of his behavior being completely at odds with everything we know about the group.
I wouldn’t say Portia’s a bad person, or even anything close to it, but she IS a severely traumatized woman who had her brother murdered, and was targeted for murder herself. Although all the evidence suggests that Foxworthy (previously the wolves) is merely a scapegoat for the pig murders, Portia doesn’t know that and clearly is acting on unhinged instinct.
It reminds me a lot of poor Heather Hoss, and how she, lamentably, allowed her paranoia and trauma to cloud her judgment till she was in in a situation where the only escape she could see was taking her own life.
Yikes – I think I said before that Walt and Portia were basically the only characters presented as pretty much entirely blameless in this arc, looks like even that’s changing now.
Gruesome. Foxworthy sure hasn’t done himself any favors, with the timing it looks obvious that he’s been engineering the food-shortage claims in order to justify murdering pigs, when the sad reality is that it’s almost exactly the opposite of what happened. Foxworthy engineered the food-shortage claims for a completely different reason, and cut it out the moment he thought it had contributed to the deaths of pigs.
Thank god Endtown has Doc, they’d be completely lost without him. It’s grim how the poor guy’s basically been promoted to chief of forensics simply because there’s probably no-one else in the town with much medical knowledge, he’s being made to deal with a lot of nasty stuff.
And mostly unrelated, but I just thought about how much more difficult his job would be since the mutations. Human beings don’t really have any major physical differences from each other, but their animal forms? There are probably at the very least a hundred different types of body Doc would have to learn how to treat.
While this is probably a buildup to another trial or murder out of panic, I’m finding it kind of hard to suspend my disbelief here – wasn’t Dr Mallard’s technology shown to be incredibly sophisticated? And even if it wasn’t, shouldn’t simple human forensics from the current year (or even earlier) be enough to prove that Philo couldn’t possibly have killed him?
It’s kind off grim how pretty much everyone with any degree of power involved in this seems to be doing nothing but behaving appallingly – Jacob does nothing about the pigs murders but orders the mass-killing of his own people, the court is a complete sham, the wolves were saturated with monstrous assholes who fell for Lucas and his supremacist garbage, and the news organizations split into violent propaganda and a conscious bid to undermine leadership rather than having any focus on the truth.
I’m half-expecting this arc to end with the camera zooming out to show it’s all playing on a projector, and then some Topsider says to the class ‘…And this is why mutants are fucking savages and need to go.’
At least the pig murders are finally being addressed again, it’s been far too long since the spotlight was on them.
But again, Jackrabbit has a point in that it doesn’t truly make sense why people would just blame the wolves and no-one else, especially when Endtown is crawling with other predators. The people really behind the murders might have something to do with it, it’d be better for them to have a scapegoat rather than simply casting suspicion on anyone in Endtown with sharp teeth.
I gotta say that Jackrabbit should cool it with jeering at cartoon tropes though given that the pigs in the strip are shown to be tiny and helpless and generally piglet-like, whereas real pigs, even the smallest ones, range from medium dog-sized to 700 pounds. It’d be a very different sort of feeling if the pig mutants were closer to Gustine’s stature, haha. A lot of the mutants seem to have cartoony animal-tropes – Holly loves cheese, the rats are numerous and horrible, that short-lived snake woman talked about ‘smelling fear’, Maude heavily lactating in spite of (from what I remember) never having children, etc.
While Jackrabbit’s pretty correct in his assessment, it’s rather grim how Dottie’s ultimately the one left to take the fall for shit that happened completely outside of her control. Right from the start she was clear that she wanted to establish an anti-prejudice newsletter and was shown to be uncomfortable with a lot of what Lucas did and said, and was clearly and transparently horrified when she saw what he’d actually written while she was busy in the courtroom. Here’s hoping she’s able to redeem herself, at least the option is there.
And I fail to see how Jackrabbit killing Lucas after goading him into attacking is particularly cool or effective, too – if kept alive, Lucas could have been shown to be the stupid, delusional asshole that he was, without being the martyr he so desperately claimed to want to be. Now that he’s dead with Dottie as the only witness, his death could potentially be warped into the sort of thing he’d be proud of.
I won’t be surprised if the civilians aren’t happy with Jackrabbit after all this, too – for all the people crowing about how Jack is doing ‘what needed to be done’ and all that, under his watch the rats who he promised would never return are literally sweeping truckloads of civilian corpses up, with Jack being eager to take the ridiculous claims of Lucas (about the wolves being revolutionaries instead of just being pissed-off about the outcome of the trial) at face-value as justification. And it doesn’t appear to have stopped the pigs being killed either, which seems to have been oddly forgotten even though it’s what started the whole chain of events.
‘:’‘’( I-I never meant to make this happen,,, I just wanted people to accept themselves,,,’ Nope. Not buying it for a second, Jack. This is the man who, rather than arguing his points based on logic, morality or facts, flooded the (almost nonexistent) opposing side with plants to make ‘human values’ and those who held them seem as insane as possible. This is the man who did everything he could to get a mutant woman and her human partner executed for ‘racial’ mixing. This is the man who gleefully sacrificed Holly and two other innocent women for political gain. Who knew damn well that his actions could (and did) lead to a riot that caused the deaths of at least thirty and destroyed all public faith in the armed enforcement.
He doesn’t get to claim innocence here or anywhere else.
And more importantly, he’s either not been told or hasn’t cared to look at Doc Chase’s information about the bones – the wolves were never the culprits, hence their complete difference in methods from the phone-druggers. By trying to make it about wolves again he’s ignoring who could actually be behind the pigs disappearances – which, it should be noted, he has not been shown taking a single action against.