bridgetvoid wrote: Sebastian wrote: JackFairy wrote:
greenglowinggoo wrote:People really overuse accusations of Deus ex machinas. Where was the Deus Ex Machina in this arc?
Because as said before, nothing Cyndi really DID was worth getting arrested/punished for except the laxative prank. She was always careful to have plausible deniability for everything. But in spite of her being set up as this master manipulator and clever mindgame/liar person, she gets exposed to her parents because the Feds find and show them her convenient little mwha-huah-huah evil monologue files?
Honestly, I don't think Cindy was so clever or manipulative, she pulled her tricks on Michelle and Charlotte, two really impressionable girls, and a lot of people caught up that there was something seriously wrong with her. i think we are overestimating her ability and intelligence.
agreed. She was clever in the people she picked. I never saw evidence she was so intelligent or manipulative that she could've pushed a healthy, happy person to something so against character. Michelle already had no self esteem (or tacked her self esteem to Stan) and Charlotte was the victim of what appears to be a horrific amount of physical and sexual abuse. In both cases she knew each one of them well enough to know their weaknesses. She duped Sara and Duane into potentially meeting her (for sex, conversation, who knows) but again she was preying on someone who was coming to terms with her sexuality and someone who was very lonely. Considering everyone suspected her of being evil, yeah, her godmode transformation is sort of unreasonable.
I'm gonna allow myself one, and only one, response here.
I don't believe it would be possible for the most intelligent person on Earth to get Katy-Ann to commit suicide in the space of an hour. I mean, there are limits. However, Michelle does look pretty happy and healthy in her lunch with Cyndi. Sure she's got trouble ahead because Stan isn't in love with her and she's kind of needy, but Helen wishes
she had such problems.
If you caught her in an honest mood, Cyndi would argue that just about anyone is destructible. Someone reasonably happy like Michelle might take months-- or, if Cyndi were as practiced as she is now, weeks-- and someone like Charlotte only minutes. But Cyndi was also quite careful-- almost careful enough-- not to do anything that would land her in the wrong kind of trouble. Even Exhibit A, Mrs. Levac's concerns, and Exhibit B, Penny's audio e-mail, failed to sway the jury. Only Exhibit C, something Cyndi couldn't possibly have anticipated, brought the weight of evidence to the tipping point.
Cyndi's "convenient little monologue files" look less convenient when you reflect that not only most disturbed minds, but most teenagers,
written record of their thoughts and feelings. Of course the FBI is going to want to go through that, and the Kristoffers have no cause to obstruct them. The FBI's involvement is explained by McBell (and, indirectly, Rob Levac)
as a result of the Kristoffers' power and influence, the same power and influence that permits Cyndi an outrageously expensive car
and a mink stole.
I'll concede that it wasn't foreshadowed much, but I couldn't figure out how to foreshadow it without giving it away. I mean, you guys are sharp. If we'd shown her typing "ha ha blood blood death blood" on her laptop back in "Out Front" or "Mister Smiles," you'd probably think "oho, Mrs. Kristoffer's going to read that and the jig will be up!" If we'd THEN shown her password-protecting it, you'd be like "Gosh, they sure are putting a lot of emphasis on that laptop." You did have all of "Missing Person" to figure out that the FBI was reading everything on there and were likely to find more than My Little Pony
fan-fiction. I reserve the right to change my mind in four years, but right now I honestly can't see a better way to handle that detail.