Spoilers for a good chunk of the game
Am I the only one who finds the whole Skipper section of the plot (i.e. where you’re tasked to get an AI from the Drakensburg, and right before you go to Helios), not that good, and honestly, really jarring with the rest of the plot?
I mean, even from an overall plot view, what does the robot army even do for the story in the long term? We never see them in action on Helios station, it’s never even implied that there off fighting on another side of the station out of view. The only robots we ever see are a few wandering about, that you can convert in the Lunar Launching, and half a dozen Jack sends down in Vorago Solitude. It feels like the whole point about needing the robots to re-take Helios just kinda vanishes, since the Vault Hunters have to fight through to the eye with little assistance.
But ignoring the whole “why” of the missions, I just find this section of the story problematic. When you first encounter the Bosun and the Skipper, they try to stop you, and basically, we find that the Bosun is a complete idiot, while the Skipper is the smart one, a little irratating with the whole man=dumb, woman=smart trope with relationships, but it’s only a little annoying, and I think the Bosun gets some of the best lines in the game, so I can live with it.
But what does really annoy me is when you reach the ship and find out that the Skipper is the Bosun’s prisoner, and is apparently “using” her. Which, well, I find idiotic. The Skipper constantly refers to the Bosun as if he’s the really evil, horrible guy, and I just don’t buy it. The guy is a moronic, clueless bandit leader, and he’s hilarious because of it. The Skipper making him out as some kind of cyber rapist just seems bafflingly to me, it’s be like if we found out half way through a Looney Tunes episode, Elmur Fudd goes home each night and beats his wife.
Not to mention, does the Skipper even have a physical presence? Pickle makes a point about how it’s strange noone knows what she looks like, (though why that is particularly strange to begin with, I don’t know), only for the first time we speak to her, she has a clear headshot, which changes to a new headshot off her being a hologram after the reveal of her being the AI. So, is she able to have a body? And if not, what exactly was the Bosun doing with her? Just making her do the equivelant of phone sex, and droning on and on with her?
When we leave for the robot factory, we get this new kindof story arc for her. She changes her name to Felicity and feels free and basically sets herself up for how oh so tragic her demise will be. There’s also this thing done about how she is pretty pro-violent early on, but when she’s put in a body, she drones on about how killing is wrong, as if Borderlands has suddenly decided to be Spec Ops: The Line. And then when we’re forced to kill her, because in a universe where you can spawn a car out of thin air, it would take 2 days to copy some software. Oh yeah, and it apparently hurts the AI if you install it, but doesn’t, if it’s a copy? And what would happen to the copy, since that would mean 2 AIs?
Basically, Skipper’s violence arc goes:
Killing scavs and torks is A-OK! to -> killing is evil, and wrong, you monster! to -> you tried to kill me, now I’ll kill you, you bastard!
Just, urgh… The whole thing infuriates me. It feels like there was meant to be some pay off there, but what it was, I don’t know. It’s pretty damn hypocritical too coming from a game that has comedic violence all the god damn time, I mean hell, Aurellia becomes a Vault Hunter just for funsies!
The whole thing just leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I think derails the story for a bit. Anyone else feel the same, that it just feels problematic?