I felt this the only appropriate place to rant about TOR - specifically, what they did with the Exile, or so known as "Meetra Surik."http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Meetra_Surik
Yes. She was killed off like a casual NPC, and, yes, given an actual name instead of just "The Exile" or "General." That's just plain annoying, something I'd shake my head at rather than bitch about.
No, what I'm griping about is her characterization. Specifically her relationship with Revan, as written on her page:
"…History remembers her as the Exile. To me, she was… more."
Meetra Surik joined Revan's faction of Jedi that defended the Galactic Republic in the Mandalorian Wars. During the conflict with the Mandalorians, Surik became one of Revan's most trusted generals, second only to Malak himself. On her part, Surik came to see Revan as her mentor, and thus she was completely loyal to him. Her feelings for Revan even extended to love, though not in a romantic way. Rather, she loved him like a father. Surik would later credit Revan's influence as a factor behind her development into a great Jedi.
After the destruction of the Sith Triumvirate, Surik departed known space with T3-M4 in order to find Revan. She eventually found and freed her mentor from captivity with the help of Lord Scourge. Surik then joined him in an attempt to assassinate the Sith Emperor, who planned to consume all life in the galaxy in order to live indefinitely. Surik, instead of capitalizing on an opportunity to kill the Emperor, chose to save Revan's life during the fight. The assassination plot ultimately failed and Surik was killed by Scourge. While the duel took place, Scourge witnessed a vision of the future through the Force, in which he saw that the Emperor would die by the hand of a Jedi—but that Jedi was neither Revan or Surik. Hence, he killed Surik in order to feign loyalty to the Emperor."
Although Surik was dead, she refused to become one with the Force immediately. Instead, she allowed her spirit to stay with Revan, who had been captured and imprisoned once again. For the next three centuries, Surik's spirit augmented Revan's own strength of will, and thus enabled him to resist the Emperor's powers."
After three hundred years as the Emperor's prisoner, Revan was released by agents of the Republic and the Jedi Order. Soon after his liberation, Revan was visited by the spirit of Meetra Surik. He then realized that it was her presence that helped him to endure the centuries of captivity. After Surik disappeared, a determined Revan vowed to complete what their ultimate objective—the destruction of the Sith."
Revan as a father figure? Platonic love? What?
Its not that simple. Whenever I play K2, I always get the feeling that the Exile feels a certain degree of..."indifference" to Revan, for not only making a mess out of the galaxy, but also for just being gone and away for so long. Yes, they may have been comrades during the war, but 'friend' and 'ally' mean different things. She worked with Revan, but it didn't necessarily mean she LIKED Revan as a person. As in, she agreed with the cause he was fighting for, but his means of going about fighting the Mandalorians? Honestly.
Let's put it in this perspective. Revan was a cold hearted bastard. He adopted the tactics of the Mandalorians he had been fighting for all those years. The Exile fought to save the galaxy from the Mandos, but in no way enjoyed killing. She especially did not enjoy destroying the Mandalorian race at Malachor V, nor did she enjoy feeling empty and hollow afterwards, being a literal dead spot in the force.
I also object to her being labeled a "great Jedi." I don't know if these were the exact words used in the Revan novel, but I'm against it on these reasons:
- Playing K2, I never got the sense the Exile was a "great" Jedi, powerful in the force, in the likes of Mace Windu, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, or Luke Skywalker. I always got the sense he/she was just a regular Joe/Jane, got kicked in the teeth a lot over the years after the war, but yet was toughened up by years of hard living on the Outer Rim. The Exile's quest during K2 was unique because she was a blank slate, a broken Jedi still on the run from her past. But over the course of said quest, the character deals with per past, mends her broken spirit/soul, regains her connection to the Force...all from an undying willingness to get the job done without the Force. If Revan is all about the power of the Force, then the Exile is all about strength and toughness, sans force.
- Also, the use of the word "great" is thrown around way too much to describe too many Jedi. Its irritating. Also, the use of the word "hero" to describe Jedi can be aggravating as well. Yes. We get it. The Jedi are all powerful and they pwn n00bs.
Also, some other things that bother me:
- Lord Scourge...wait, what? SCOURGE? That's as bad as Darth Krayt. May as well call the bloke "Darth bald headed built like a fridge badass that's used in every single ****ing modern day TV/videogame series."
- Oh, and the idea of Revan being bested by the Emperor, "clash of the titans" if you will. Revan pwning everybody and then being beaten by somebody even more powerful, this all powerful "I AM THE DESTRUCTOR, BOW BEFORE ME PEONS!" type...it screams of little boys on the playground shouting "I shot you with my rifle! bang bang you're dead!" "No I used a bullet proof vest and shot you at the same time with a rocket launcher!" "my skin is crystal armor that reflects missiles!" I mean honestly. Its petty. So petty. gah.
Think that's all I got for now. Thoughts? Opinions?