1. notleia says:

    Ha, your complaint about the hero turning into a bear to solve all the problems made me think of all the ways that Star Trek in its various forms had to nullify the transporters or prove that Worf couldn’t just punch the problem away (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheWorfEffect).

    • Daniel Schwabauer says:

      Good point! Come to think of it, they didn’t really explore the price of transporters in the original series.

  2. Anonymous Reader/Writer says:

    I like this.
    There always seems to be those movies and such where the heroes can do things so amazing that the abilities have to be taken away or ignored so things don’t become too easy and convenient for them. The conflict between pros and cons of using these abilities could really help out in these situations. Like with Daredevil. He has these abilities but he’s also blind, oversensitive to sound, and Catholic, which presents difficulties that allow a conflict between his powers and ability to help people, and the weaknesses that come with it as well as the moral issues. It comes at a price. I think it’s good to have the weakness built in to the strength so it’s kind of like foreshadowing, in a way — meaning that the problems are there in the beginning and don’t have to be brought in later, and we can feel the problem looming and watch/read on in the hope that good will win out in the end. Like, imagine if instead of the ring causing Sauron and the wraiths to see Frodo and for that ring also to tempt with its power, especially Smeagol, that at some points Frodo just loses the ring or forgets its there so bad things can happen and the story can progress. That would take away a massive chunk of the theme and wouldn’t be so compelling.
    Thanks for the article.

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