(2) perspective and I do as well, but I was interested in Last Man!Rodney because it was kinda scary to see him empty of anything but that drive to fix things. I wonder what happened to him, because hologram!Rodney ends the story at getting to Atlantis, but it’s not like he got things set up and just died on the spot, right? I bet the hologram doesn’t have that info b/c it’s only programmed with Rodney’s life until he got it set up but what happened to real Rodney after? His purpose was gone
Okay, so this was the very excellent ask I got that prompted me to go into some strange adventures with a scanner/realising just how rusty my photoshop skills are now!
This is such a good point though - I think it’s really interesting that ultimately, it seems like most of Rodney McKay is just… buffer material?
I think I wrote in a drabble once (sorry I sometimes think clearer in creative writing ha) that “And Rodney looks at him in that way where his face is stripped down to the bare bones beneath; it’s what’s left when the neuroses and the bluster and the desperate chatter keeping his brain at bay falls away”, and that hit me at the time as a very right sentence while I was writing it?
Because there’s such a lot of him, right, thoughts and personality and everything, but so little of it is actually essential - I don’t think his ego is the most important thing about him at all, I think it’s what he’s put up over the years to protect himself from that chaos, and from that central piece of himself that is what makes him capable of doing all those things he does in ‘The Last Man’. It isn’t bravado or ego that drives him to create the AI, it’s cold calm knowledge - he can do it, so of course he will do it. He can’t not fix things. On the outside he’s panicked and scared all the time, but inside there is something colder and more calculating, ticking away. (I was feeling out a lot of these things while writing my story Do I Dare Disturb the Universe, for those who’ve read it - I think it shows)
And Last Man!Rodney has sort of peeled the extraneous layers of himself back; he’s made himself just as much a tool in the service of retrieving the people of Atlantis as his computers and the AI are. It raises the question of what a tool is without a purpose.
Which leads me to the comic I’ve been talking about, hang on…
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