OMD/BND: The thread that does not die! Dec 19, 2008 10:27:17 GMT -8
Post by K-Box on Dec 19, 2008 10:27:17 GMT -8
Harry had used the Goblin serum. It made Norman immortal, and it made Harry immortal.
Mystery resolved in the most obvious way.
Except, once again, for the fact that it completely fucks over Norman's motivations.
Norman BELIEVED Harry was dead. He MADE SPEECHES TO HIM on his grave. From the Clone Saga forward, pretty much every story in which he's appeared has hinged, in one way or another, on him knowing that his son is dead.
If Harry had come back via the Goblin serum, and Norman HADN'T known about it, that'd be one thing, but as it stands, either a) Norman is so insane that he can't even keep track of who's dead and who's alive anymore, which makes him even more impossible to take seriously, either as a threat or even as a character, b) Norman deliberately mind-wiped himself to believe that Harry was dead, which is just as damaging to any sort of suspension of disbelief, or c) the writers don't have any explanation at all, because much like Mary Jane's pregnancy, this one one of those cases where they're demanding that their readers accept two mutually contradictory assertions - 1) "everything is exactly the same as it was," and 2) "except for all the stuff that's now different, which we're not bothering to let you know about except as an afterthought."