Oh Jareth, you're such a bully. Note how, despite Erik's apoplexy, Jareth does not look the least bit concerned.
Also! The question of who's who in Oz is finally answered. (Though Norrington won the vote by a landslide. Hm. May have to do extra fan art...)
Erik belongs to Leroux and Webber.
Jareth belongs to Henson, Lucas, and Bowie.
Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Javert belongs to Hugo, Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer.
Oz and associated material belongs to Baum, Arlen, and Harburg.
Hum...you know, re-reading this for about the hundredth time, I noticed something. *pulls out papers, clears throat* Ahem.
“A terrible situation! To be touched.
To be granite and to doubt! To be the statue of Chastisement cast in one piece in the mold of the law, and suddenly to become aware of the fact that one cherishes beneath one's breast of bronze something absurd and disobedient which almost resembles a heart!” -Les Misérables, from Book Fourth: Javert Derailed.
“Now I know I've got a heart, 'cause it's breaking.” -Tin Man, Wizard of Oz.
Hell, it took me years to figure out I wasn't a fat, big nosed bitch, and that was just from a few unkind boys in high school. Now imagine being told that at the end of a stick or whip from before you're old enough to understand what you're being whipped for? yeah, I wouldn't want to show my face first, either.
Then there's poor Commodore, being told he doesn't have brains. Poor James is plenty smart...he's just not creative. He's been trained to be a proper English gentleman, which is often heavy on the punishments (sometimes including beatings, depending on familial temperament) to literally beat the ability to think outside the box of duty and honor out of a man. Then you compound that mistake by sending him into the English navy.
Which was often compared to literal hell on earth. FOLKS, there was a reason sailors ran to join pirates in the hundreds. The navy was brutal and harsh. Lashings, keel hauling, these weren't pirate punishments, but sanctioned navy punishments. James was doomed before he started.
I don't have any frame of reference for Javert. So I can't say if he's being zapped for something he literally couldn't help here. I just don't know him as well as I know the other two characters.
so, um, yeah, there's my overly thought out psychoanalysis on fictional characters at oh god o'clock at night, because I felt me darlins were being unfairly riffed. ......i'll go hide in a corner now.....
This arc is wonderful. Not only is it lovely to see Jareth winning epically for once, but you’ve portrayed him so very well. He is a wonderful balance of mischief, snarkiness and win. And, of course, he is wonderfully fitting the role of “magical guide to teach foolish mortals a lesson about themselves”. ^^
I love Jareth. XDDD
But reading this one back I keep thinking Erik=Crawford=the Wizard o.O so he's strangling himself?
That is funny