Trevor's mentality? Aeon's mentality?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Aeon Flux : One Thread
One of the constants for the series is that the two main characters (who am I kidding? They're the only recurring ones) Mr. Goodchild and Ms. Flux, have varying relationships with each other. In "Utopia or Deuteropia?" we've got Trevor dreaming happily of Aeon, in the next episode, "Isthmus Crypticus," he can hardly be bothered with her. Her interest in him seems to range all over the place as well. The best example of this would have to be the "Demiurge" episode, where they go from fisticuffs to playfully making out right on the launch pad to pure hatred. But I digress. * * However, despite the obvious and confusing yin/yang relationship they have with each other, they are otherwise pretty much the same people all the time. Trevor's mentality is one of the most fascinating I've ever found in any fiction; he's got the air of a philanthropist, and he seems to think he is one (or he does a good job of pretending) but on the other hand, he's somewhat apathetic when it comes to the lives of individules. In "The Demiurge," he consoles a Breen ("Rubius?") who says his life is worth less than nothing, but barely seems to mind when he's shot. In fact,he seems to delight that Aeon "shot Rubius and not me!" He also takes time out from making out on the launch pad to shoot Nadir.
"I thought he was dead!" says Aeon. "I think he is," says Trevor. This man has the gall to make a joke out of death! He's amazing. His position as chairman of Bregna (How is that pronnounced? The only time I heard Trevor say the word, is was like breng-ya) seems to cover a lot of bases. "I'm doing my weekly volunteer work with mental patients." While he does not care much for any particular person, he does seem to care quite a bit about his people as a whole. Is it possible that Trevor seeks a hive mentality for his people, where individual components are replaceable, but the whole remains...uh...whole? Maybe not; he values ideas and intelligence. But he also values change and progress, something I can't say for Aeon. I'll get to talking about Aeon's mentality later...I don't think this forum accepts paragraph breaks for some reason.
-- J.P. Chabot (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 02, 1998
Yep. That hit the nail on the head.
-- Szy (email@example.com), September 06, 1998.
Even though I prefer the clutzy, spindly Aeon of the shorts to the sexy, always-in-control Aeon of the third season, (this might just be cause i'm a female) I'm still fascinated by Trevor and Aeon's personalities. Their points of view constantly mirror the age old battle bettwen totalitarianism and anarchy.
Trevor seeks to make the world a better place,but it sometimes seems as though he's escaping to a dreamworld. He wants to take away all the problems of his people, but in doing so he removes their free will and ability to think for themselves. He strives for peace and joy for everyone, yet holds no qualms about trampling over a few people here and there if it is neccissary to attain his goals. I'm sure he feels justified for all his immoral deeds.
Aeon, on the other hand, views life on a much more individual basis. Whereas Trevor wouldn't mind killing off half the planet if it improves humanity in the end, Aeon holds a much more humanitarian view. Yet at the same time, she's also very selfish. She uses people and tosses them aside almost as if to prove that she can do what she wants and no one can stop her.
Trevor believes that if he(or at least someone like him) has absolute power, then everything will be fine. Aeon believes that if everyone looks out for themselves, then everything will be fine. I can't decide which one I like best. I guess that's the point.^_^
Of course, neither idea has worked in Earth's history, and frankly i'm amazed Monica/Bregna society hasn't collapsed under these political systems. (Although, if TV were precisely true to real life, what would we need TV for?)
Well, I think that about covers it.....Oh, yeah, and I resent the idea that Aeon can handle anything, that she lives life moment-by-moment, screwing around with Trevor and the government just for the thrill of it. Instead, i think she fears the idea of being controlled so much that she sets out to prove to herself and everyone else that she can do whatever she wants. Plus, people see Trevor as controlling those around him like pawns, capable of winning any arguement by the use of rhetorical language and twisted meanings, and basically always being on top of the situation. I think that he is rather unhappy and is always reaching some higher aspiration, hoping it will give him a sense of fulfillment. Perhaps the Former characterizations are more popular, but the latter are more realistic, and interesting. To me, a character with fears and insecurities is far more appetizing than a superhuman one.
-- Frostbite (Foo@bar.com), October 27, 1998.