Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Foreshadow and Endings

Happy Wednesday!

I spent yesterday morning being a zombie in front of Netflix. By the way, if you like foreign horror, watch Under the Shadow.

After watching a good horror movie, I was searching for Rebel Without a Cause. My coworker worships the movie and told me to watch.

Alas Netflix is not streaming it.

I don't know how to watch normal TV anyway.

But Netflix is streaming Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion. Can you guess how I found the movie?

If you've ever loved magical girls, don't watch any of this series. I live, breathe horror. This cracked me like an egg.

Madoka Magica is basically the standard magical girl thing. Girls with superpowers only they are not Chosen Ones. They make deals with an adorable ferret-cat thing to gain powers and have one wish granted.

Cute, right?

Don't be fooled. PMMM is what lost souls dream of. Me being me, however, I decide a few years is enough time to heal wounds from the original series.

So I embark on the last adventure.

Lucky me. It wasn't horrible because of the horror, but because of the ending.

Foreshadow is a tremendous writer super power.

If you're any good at it, it'll be as if it's not even there. Or if you like suspense and torture, it can build tension and fear.

However, a foreshadow is not optional.

Bitch dear...sweetie. Gifs are hard to find, okay?
I'm sorry.

For example, Rebellion.

Major spoilers ahead!

PMMM is, as I've said, about teen girls who sign a contract for a free wish and magical powers. Their duty is to stop "witches" from causing damage to their city.

This f#cking thing is a witch.

But the story's pretty simple and clean cut and despite the appearance of the witches and the scary music box melodies that accompany them, it's not all that scary or traumatic.

Until you find out the mascot, that ferret thing, is an emotionless immortal alien who is actually harvesting the magical girls' emotions and eventually pushing them to despair where their souls break down into witches.

Yeah, harvest is about right. It has absolutely no care about human lives or feelings. It is chilling and relentlessly illogical.

One of the girls from the protagonist's team is a time traveler is bent on saving the title character Madoka from choosing this life.

Presumably because she's in love with her.

But Homura the time traveller fails an innumerable amount of times and starts losing hope.

Long story short, her time traveling gives Madoka a karmic collateral to have an insane wish granted by the aliens. She chose to be the goddess of hope, saving magical girls from the aliens.

Her goddess level was supposed to erase memories, even give Homura a chance at a good life, but it's clear that she hasn't forgotten Madoka.

That's the series.

The movie picks up in the same place but you never know it.

I'll spoil the twist. The aliens imprison Homura's soul to observe the goddess and potentially use her. Homura becomes a witch within the prison and in her despair builds a world where the magical girls are alive and healthy. When she realizes she's a witch and a trap, she tries to destroy herself so the aliens won't capture Madoka or find out how she works.

But the girls she's been hanging out with are real. They manage to save her but as Madoka attempts to retrieve Homura's soul, Homura somehow hurts Madoka to take some of her power. She becomes a super being as well, in her words a demon, and keeps the alien after he's given up on humans, then she recreats the fantasy world but has the girls powered down but alive.

That's it. That's the movie.

That's the end of the series.

It doesn't even make sense. Okay, one part does. With Madoka's karmic value going up, I imagine Homura's went up too. I can accept that.

But taking Madoka's wish? Become a demon? Make a fake world?

Why? She might have been tainted at first by being a witch but Madoka brought her mostly to her senses.

And Homura was going to spend eternity with Madoka. Makes no sense.

If they'd just ended the series with Homura seeing heaven or the other world, it would have been perfect. Because that's what she was working for and what was expected.

This other stuff? Doesn't even make sense.

It does promise at sequel but I'll pass.

When you set up expectations, they're promises the reader and watcher need you to keep.

You wouldn't trust someone after they failed to keep an important promise right?

A lot of the expectations we set up early on also persuade people to the end. Sure, in PMMM's case, I had no idea Homura's been trying to stop Madoka from becoming a magical girl. But after all the violence and bloodshed, I was definitely hoping Madoka wouldn't become one and couldn't see a way out.

The foreshadow for the series was good. The movie either was trying to set up the sequel or thought it was over and started the first quarter of the second movie.

After all that, I still recommend the series, even the movie if you have self control and stop as Madoka descends to pick up Homura. After that, it just doesn't make sense to the series.

If you've been following me on my query adventures, foreshadow is amazing to put into the summary. Maybe next time we'll talk about that, huh? *winky face*


I found someone who broke down what happened in the movie and why it happened. This is why I hate sequels! Let it die, people!