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 Comic Las Lindas #528: It's Official

Discussion in 'Chalo's Works' started by White Tiger, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. White Tiger

    White Tiger Swiggity swooty. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Global Moderator

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  2. Darth Dies

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    Well,like the page name says: It's Official!

    Now,Miles has found the girl,now he just needs the plane!
     
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  3. RazielsShadow

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    Wow... I did not see that one coming.
     
  4. Radagast

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    I'm going to go ahead and say it: this feels very out of place and out of character to me. With respect to the writers, it kinda feels like they felt that the two were "supposed" to get together but didn't know how to make it work and ultimately just decided to jump from point A to point D. It's the same problem we had back at Respect. Rachael just got through telling Miles that she "would love to just say [he's] a prick and call it a day" but knew it would be hypocritical to do so, and started this expedition by calling him a "selfish, manipulative asshole" who was "trying to cover up how [he acts] with presents". How does that logically transition to "ok, we're dating now" for either of them?
     
  5. Eradose

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    I had my suspicions reading the title, but here is my reaction...

     
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  6. White Tiger

    White Tiger Swiggity swooty. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Global Moderator

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    For the last few pages, I've been singing this arc's praises because I thought it was doing a wonderful job in bringing about a lot of character development for both Rachael and for Miles. I'd even argue that this was one of the most fruitful and progressive story arcs we've seen, in terms of developing the comic's characters. However, despite all of this arc's accomplishments and merits, I'm on the fence about this ending.

    There are probably a good number of people that are happy for these two and/or think that the two of them dating was inevitable. However, the two of them pairing up just doesn't 'click' for me. That's not to say that I don't think that these two don't deserve to find happiness in this story, but I'm not convinced that they're meant to be together as a couple.

    First, I want to put this whole arc in a vacuum and ignore all the details that comes from their relationship as roommates on the farm. Assuming we focused only on the strips with Miles and Rachael, this arc spent around ten pages focusing on their little outing becoming a brutal, but important lesson for Miles. For it to suddenly wrap up with Rachael accepting that they're now dating feels somewhat remiss of the entire mood and theme of this arc.

    Secondly, even if I were to step back and look at Miles and Rachael's friendship from the standpoint of the entirety of their time on Las Lindas, I'm still not feeling it. Rachael just now reverted from berating and looking down on Miles, and started actually being friends with him. It seems unusual -- almost forced or inorganic -- for her to make this big jump from friend to girlfriend in just a couple of pages. Had it happened after a couple of chapters/arcs of the comic, maybe it'd feel more natural, but this just feels too compressed and 'sped up'.

    Lastly, I want to address the comic outside just picking apart the development between Miles and Rachael. Rachael agreeing to date Miles does lend support to this idea that Miles can be happy by living and working on the farm, but it comes off as an easy 'out' for Miles. Don't get me wrong; I said, time and again, that Miles should find what would truly make him happy and zone in on it, but this just feels too much like the answer just fell into his lap. Sans getting a bit of a reality check, he really didn't work for anything and there was little time for us to actually see him develop as a person.

    I realize that, as always, my response to this comic is long-winded and wordy, but this final turn in this arc of the story just felt really 'out of left field' for me.

    EDIT: I wanted to just add a little edit because someone pointed out Chalo's commentary underneath the new page.

    I'm curious what he means about giving these characters "closure". I'm wondering if he meant we're closing out these characters for this particular chapter, or if this development is another step closer to the end of the comic as a whole -- as if Miles and Rachael becoming a couple ties up two more loose ends.
     
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  7. Darth Dies

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    I completely agree on this. We went from insults,to life lessons to Dates and kisses....

    Like one of my friends comented on my characters backstory: "It feels rushed."
    Alright,maybe Rachael was just teasing Miles to see his reaction...but still...it feels out of place for me..
     
  8. Edwin R. Shy

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    Couldn't say it better myself but as I don't like this development I'm going to wait and see how this will go first before giving complete judgement...that is whenever we'll see them again after that is...
     
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    I dunno why, watching these last few pages it made me remember an old song (We're a Couple in a Castle in the Air) from a Film called Mr. Bug goes to Town (1941) - It was made by Fleischer Studios, the same studio that made those old Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman cartoons from the 30s and 40's, before it became Famous Studios.
     
  10. Lumaria

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    We had pages of friendzoning where Rachel totally dicked on Miles as it all started with him opening up to her. She denied his openness called hims a selfish tool and he hurt people. Yet they hook up at the end. I guess for the sake of story progression sure.. but I would have went with. "Its official." "Lets take our time." Then end with the hand holding and not escalate to kissing. Maybe let that build up in a background of a panel in another arc or something. But at this time I feel like this would be instead of a hate f*** but be a hate relationship?
     
  11. DNMZ

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    OK WOW I didn't think they would kiss this early, infact I still wasn't sure they would get together but ok wow. Alright I have mixed feelings about this, on the one hand it's nice sweet and romantic and all the people that wanted this to happen will be happy. But this out of character in my opinion and that fact is worsening my concerns. I think I made all my concerns clear on last weeks page so there is no need to go into them again right? It really surprised me that Rachael was so willing to kiss Miles and make if offical. Although now I can help but think after this what else would Rachael be up for? Will she and Miles be pushing the beds togheter and giving Mora and Minos some competition tonight? I'm remembering the page where Miles said they could beat them, and I would die laughing if they actually did beat them.

    Now there is a few thing I want to ask and I realize this could be dangerous ground I'm on treading on but here goes . I'm wondering about compatibility in terms of personality. What I means is and I don't think I'm the only one that has brought this up, but if we compare Miles and Rachael personalities are they really compatible as a couple? Second question do you think there is someone on the farm that would be a more compatible with Miles. I think and don't shoot me for this but in my opinion if you look at their personalities then Mora might be a better match with him. I'm not saying they should be together I just think they have similar personalities, and well normally when you have alot in common with someone you get along with them.
     
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    Just a thought, if Miles/Rach and Minos/Mora were swingers... well at least the Rach/Minos dream moment people wanted come true.
     
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    Well you never know, we could always simply ask if they'd be up for it. I think if we present it as like a competition they might go for it, throw Geecku into the mix and we could have that farm house quaking like never before.
     
  14. TerrificTwenty

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    Yeah, the 22 year old in me wished that would happen. But who knows what will happen when the next chapter comes into play.
     
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    Even when you see something terrible coming it still sucks when it happens.
     
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    Mmm you know now that I look at it again it looks more like two girls kissing. It's not a good angle of Miles. Hang on something else just occurred to me. Why is the first shot of them kissing so far away? I know the wide shot is can be more romantic but come on. I may have mix feelings about the hole thing but it's their first kiss!!! For crying out loud, it's a big moment and how long have some people waited for this to happen? Do it justice chalo, give us a close up. Just a close up on that kiss. No tongue action, it will ruin the moment. I think.
     
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    A nice tender moment. NOW! Will Mile's keep his word XD
     
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    Well, look on the bright side. At least this will get them out of the limelight for a couple of chapters. Maybe an entire arc or two if Chalo decides to lay low and wait for the negative reactions to die down.
     
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    I could write an extended paragraph on how I feel about this, like for instance;
    Even if you're pro the paring the whole thing was her telling him off and how if they even wanted to be friends he needed to change his attitude


    And suddenly he just goes "We're dating."


    Like... you serious?
    but like many things in life, Jontron does a great job of conveying *my* emotions. Laters.
     
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    There goes the last character I liked. It's official I don't like this comic
     
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    Honestly? Not really. Speaking anecdotally, I never felt any chemistry between them, much like I never felt any chemistry between Miles and Mora. Miles repeatedly verbally indicated that he was attracted to Rachael, but hasn't ever really reflected that in his actions. Rachael similarly has given no indication of being attracted to Miles, and based on her reaction to Randal in the Festival arc and her...infamous feelings for Minos, she seems to be attracted to a very different kind of attitude to anything Miles has displayed in the comic proper. He comes closer in Learning Curves, but never really gets to the same ballpark that Randal and Minos did in the aforementioned scenes.

    Less anecdotally, let's compare the two for a minute. Do they have much in the way of common interests? Not that we've seen. Do they want the same things out of life? Signs point to no. In fact this expedition started with an affirmation of as much with Miles' proposal and Rachael more or less saying that the only time she would have considered it was when she was angry with Sarah. Do they help each other become better people? No. Do they round off each other's characters? No. Do they play off each other's natures? Not to any appreciable degree. Do they get along? Not really. At best they tend to be vitriolic friends, and this page showed that they don't have the strong connection required to make that work.

    Point being that they shouldn't really work as a couple. There's just not enough to draw them together emotionally.
     
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    Pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter. This would have been far less jarring had we had a chance to see them go through the steps of forging a better relationship as well as some changes in attitudes and outlooks before they took this step. I'm very uneasy about this lasting or ending well for them to be dating this soon.
     
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    Eh....urrrrm....nnnnnyah....reeeegh....

    Also, in before the polls start up to see who Sarah gets paired up with...and don't tell me you won't do it too.

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    I vote Digit.
     

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