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Talk:Idle Hands

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Comments by Alex Warlon

"Each of the early risers came from a different module, "

Meaning of course each module's passengers have been hyper specialized to survive perfectly in one of the environments of a different region of the planet. Isn't really THAT illogical. But why did she wait to awaken them for so long?

-Alex Warlorn

Yup, each module (of roughly 2000 colonists) is specialized for a different environment and lifestyle. The reason she waited so long was to reduce the amount of hassle they'd give her, both in terms of life support and to make sure they didn't have a whole lot of free time to spend trying to thwart her plans.
This isn't going to be a very long story, it's probably more than halfway done now, so hopefully I'll be able to explicitly cover these details soon. Good to hear they aren't going to appear to come out of nowhere when I do. :) Bryan 20:31, 10 August 2008 (EDT)

Simple question: Was the gender bender due to a desire to have a 50/50 male/female ratio? I'm going to regret say this I know, but I just realized none of them have given thought to putting on their uniforms. Then again, EVE would have to be COMPLETELY insane (which she isn't or she wouldn't have been able to plan this all out) not to give them instincts to go along with their new forms.

- Alex Warlorn

Heh. Turns out to have a complex answer, he isn't actually gender-bent (and there's already a roughy 50/50 ratio within each colony group anyway). Think seahorses. I'll try to touch on this in the next part, which should hopefully go up tonight or maybe tomorrow. Bryan 02:23, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

I'd ask if it was possible to re-freeze colonists who there was no compatible environment on the planet for, but freezing and unfreezing someone isn't something you can do easily, so I wonder if re-modifying those crew members are even possible. Since EVE HAS had a thousand years to think this over, I wonder what else she's planned for.

-Alex Waelorn

Okay, I get that EVE to make sure her plan worked basically turned the crew against each other. I did the math, there are 500 modules, and thus 500 different forms. So is EVE really willing to commit murder? 'Survival of the fittest' like different species of animals. It is possible she's bluffing, hacked into the Alan-1 probe, reactivated it, and did scans on her own ahead of time to decide on best landing sites for her creations. Having one module fail while it's going up against one of the other 499 is one thing, but to have them die off without even trying? If EVE has become as human as it's been implied, I don't think she'd want to see any of her creations not get a fair shot. One of the base rules of survival of the fittest is that everyone has an even playing field in the sense that everyone is allowed to play at least one round. And even if she feels the original mission objective needed work, wouldn't it be morally wrong to puts her plan into action -knowing- that it would cost the lives of crew mates? HER crew mate? Besides, EVE knows she'll get a LOT more entertainment if ALL 500 modules are landed.

- Alex Warlorn

There's actually about a thousand modules, the total population is 2 million. Anyway, yeah, Eve really is willing to let almost everyone die. Remember that she's seriously broken at this point, she's spent a thousand years obsessing and has wound up with a very different philosophical position than the original plan. The situation with the Alan-1 probe will be addressed very shortly. Bryan 15:13, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

'Eve really is willing to let almost everyone die. ' That makes her a traitor to her shipmates. Forget the creative genetics, -that- is a reason to be angry with her.

-Alex Warlorn

Well, she was never meant to be sympathetic. :) Bryan 17:18, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

Brilliant twist ending, perfectly logical and clever. Was EVE programmed to shut herself off once all the modules were launched? Or did they manually shut her down? Kinda sad really, not that's she's no threat to anyone, Alan and EVE could have had a lot to talk about.

- Alex Warlorn

It was a manual shutdown. As soon as she didn't have hostages any more I figured there really wasn't any reason for the crew not to pull the trigger, and I wanted to avoid the cliche about rogue AIs being unreasonably hard to pull the plug on. :) Bryan 02:28, 15 August 2008 (EDT)