Long post, plenty of spoilers.
So… I know a lot of people have complained about the twins, and certainly I’ve made posts complaining about bl3 writing and some of the stuff I felt could have been done better, but I just… keep thinking back to it so here we are again.
Anyway… what I think bugs me the most is that I think the Calypsos could have worked? Their character concept had the potential. But the writing never pulled it off, it just made them annoying and uncompelling. And for me the big point I realised they were never utilised right is one that a lot of people point to - when Troy gets Maya’s powers, and goes on about being the one on top now, and then drains Tyreen’s powers to fight the vault hunters, only to… die. And Tyreen not really caring.
So, I think this was a very obvious point where the villain dynamic could have changed. Despite always going on about being a team, Troy was always given the lesser role, and he felt as if his sister was always the one getting whatever she wanted and tossing him scraps. Now he’s the more powerful one, he gets a chance to be in the limelight. He doesn’t need her anymore. And for Tyreen? That should hurt. That should make her furious. If he drained her powers entirely and left her like Lilith, she would suddenly no longer be the powerful person she’d set herself up to be, she’d have nothing. And her only option? Siding with the vault hunters to try and take Troy down.
Now, the vault hunters probably want nothing to do with her, but seeing as she’s Troy’s sister perhaps their connection would give her a chance to take his powers away from him, and that’s something they’ll just have to deal with. And then kill her later when she inevitably betrays them.
The COV could even end up being divided. You could have those that side with Tyreen as the original more powerful twin, and those who side with Troy as the new leader. You could actually use the fact they’re streamers and have some streamer war going on with callout videos, fake apologies and all the other drama you can imagine. You could watch a teasing sibling rivalry where they used to joke together turn into a spiteful and vengeful feud…
And at the end of it all… and the end, Tyreen just begs her brother to come back. To be her brother again. But he’s not interested, he feels as if she never really respected him and she never will. And so she decides screw it, if I can’t win then I’ll make damn well sure he can’t either, because there’s nothing like that kind of spite between siblings.
So, you defeat Troy, Tyreen gets her powers back, but so does Lilith (and Maya or Ava, depending if you want to tweak things so Maya doesn’t die), and now it’s two against one… and with their help, you can take her down.
I don’t know… I feel like an actual conflict between the two of them would just make them feel more human? If you’re going to the trouble of setting up twins as the villains, making their relationship substantial is kinda important, otherwise why bother? Tyreen doesn’t bat an eyelid when you kill Troy. Killing Angel in bl2 made Jack furious… I kinda wondered if they were so busy making Tyreen ‘evil’ they forgot that villains can have emotions and attachments? Even if they treat other people like crap?
Idk… a lot of the cast is underutilised, and lack any kind of arc, but I’ll make another post about that in a bit (yes I’m still salty about the tftbl cast).