Lord Vyce has possessed Comicron-1’s systems. Linkara asks how this is possible and Vyce explains that when he was stranded in space in their last fight, he found that his transmitters still worked. Since Vyce is living data now, capable of transmitting himself to mechanical forms, he began transmitting himself into Comicron-1. Because the ship was far away and always moving, he could only do it a little at a time, but eventually he was able to affect the ship’s system and override Nimue’s commands, replacing sections of her artificial intelligence. Finally, Vyce was able to take control of the ship’s flight controls and pilot it into space. Thanks to Linkara shutting down what was left of Nimue, Vyce was able to take complete control over the ship’s systems. Linkara realizes with rising anger that it was Vyce who drove Nimue insane. Vyce say that Nimue fought him every step of the way and it is little concern to him if she lost her sanity in the process.
As Vyce speaks, Linkara sees Jaeris out of the corner of his eye. Vyce says that while he wants to make Linkara suffer and die for all the indignities he’s suffered, he’s beyond things like revenge and plans to leave Linkara on Earth and resume his quest to destroy the Entity. Explaining that the Entity is dead is pointless, so instead Linkara says that he doesn’t think Vyce actually has control of all the systems. He loudly explains that there are safety systems on the ship that are completely automatic, like the fire-suppression systems. Jaeris takes the hint and fires his gun at the ceiling, triggering the fire suppression systems and distracting Vyce.
Jaeris tells Linkara they need to get off the ship but Linkara is determined not to leave the ship to Vyce. He leads Jaeris towards Cargo Bay 1 and Jaeris asks why they’re not going to Engineering. Linkara explains that Vyce is in every system Nimue was in, which includes Engineering. He goes on to explain that before Nimue took over, there was a basic computer that followed voice commands, but they can’t trust that interface either - they need to go somewhere where Vyce can’t follow them. Linkara and Jaeris enter the Auxiliary Control Room…which looks exactly like the bridge from the original Star Trek.
Linkara tells Jaeris to take the helm. Linkara says they have a little time before Vyce figures out what’s happened and finds them, pointing out that if Vyce had really been in full control of the ship, he would have seen Jaeris coming - some sections of the ship must still be tied in with Nimue’s core program. Linkara plans to use the time they have to reactivate Nimue. Jaeris is shocked, but Linkara explains that Vyce said Nimue was fighting back - if Vyce was so powerful and in control, why not just delete Nimue? Linkara concludes that Vyce needed Linkara to shut her down, that he couldn’t delete Nimue on her own. Jaeris asks what reactivating Nimue will accomplish, especially considering she’s still insane, but Linkara just says he has a plan and orders Jaeris to set a course for the sun. He explains that if his plan fails, Vyce will get full control of the ship, and he will destroy the ship before he lets that happen. Jaeris points out that they’ll be destroyed too and Linkara assures Jaeris that if it comes to that he’ll teleport him to the scout ship so he can escape. Jaeris is still highly skeptical of Linkara’s plans but does as he says as Linkara settles into the Captains’ chair to do some rerouting…and review a comic, to Jaeris’ chargrin.
As the ship gets closer to the sun, the room becomes hotter and hotter. Suddenly the room’s lights turn red, signaling that Vyce has finally located them. He notes that this room was not on his internal schematics but he is already slowly gaining control of its systems. Linkara sics his Cybermats on the ship’s systems and they begin draining power and causing malfunctions throughout the ship. Vyce manages to turn the ship away from the sun, saying that he will kill Linkara, but Linkara interrupts to ask Vyce if he know what a “ghost” is. Linkara explains to the bewildered Vyce that Ghost is a program used to backup hardware. He goes on to explain that while Pollo was against having backup copies of himself, Nimue wasn’t. Vyce claims that Linkara can’t put in a backup copy of Nimue because Vyce has closed off all access to his data core, but Linkara says that there was one access port Vyce didn’t close, and points out that he didn’t delete Nimue, he simply shut her off, meaning he can also turn her back on. To Vyce’s horror, Linkara does so, and now that he knows that Vyce corrupted Nimue’s data files so that she couldn’t think rationally, he’s able to patch the files with the backup of Nimue. Linkara asks Nimue how she’s doing and she answers that she is operating much more effectively than she has in a long time. Now that she is aware of Vyce, she is able to combat him.
Within Comicron-1’s systems, Nimue and Lord Vyce face each other. Vyce say that he has studied Nimue’s strengths and weaknesses and that his infiltration of her systems proves how weak she really is. He seemingly destroys Nimue and attempts to cut off the ship’s oxygen, but Nimue denies him access, looming large and threatening over him. She cooly explains to the shocked Vyce that at full operating capacity, she is capable of thought and calculation many thousands of times faster than a living mind. She has already deduced 329 methods of destroying Vyce, and begins to enact method #28 - erasing Vyce from existence. Vyce rages at Nimue, claiming that only he can stop the Entity, and Nimue shames him, saying his quest to destroy the Entity is nothing more than a delusion to feed his ego.
"Are you afraid?" Nimue asks.
With a scream of rage, Vyce’s disappears.
Later, on Comicron-1’s bridge, Nimue finishes her diagnostic and reports that all systems are at full operating capability. Pollo confirms that there is no trace of foreign entities inside Nimue. Sierra is skeptical, pointing out that they found no trace of anything before either, but Pollo explains that they didn’t know what they were looking for before. Suddenly an alarm sounds and Nimue reports that one of the Shades has gone missing from the ships storage. Nimue says that data suggests that Vyce transferred into the Shade and teleported to Earth. Jaeris speculates that Vyce is going to want revenge and asks Linkara what they should do, but Linkara is strangely silent. Suddenly he orders Nimue to teleport him back to his apartment.
At the apartment, Linkara makes a beeline for his closet. Jaeris teleports in and asks Linkara what the hell he’s doing. Linkara angrily rants that for 5 years he’s been sitting around while villains come pick fights with him, and it’s time for a change. Jaeris and Pollo wait while Linkara rummages through the closet and eventually he comes out wearing a brand new outfit. The dramatic reveal is ruined by the sudden appearance of Allen, who cheekily asks if he could get a report on the Lord Vyce situation.
Later, Harvey Finevoice enters the apartment after being gone for months on a concert tour, but is disappointed to find no one to greet him. Suddenly he’s shocked by something and he falls, unconscious. As he lies on the floor, a voice whispers:
“A King of Worms sits on a throne of sorrow,
A King of Worms eats up a man’s tomorrow,
With a platinum mask your soul he’ll borrow,
And a clockwork solider is born and hollow…"
Jaeris is enjoying leisure time on his ship when he’s interrupted by Sierra, who informs him that they’ve received a distress signal from Comicron-1. Jaeris tells Sierra to set a course for the ship.
On Comicron-1, Linkara is still in the process of shutting Nimue down. He notices that it’s become very cold and Nimue explains that she’s shut off the ship’s oxygen. Eventually Linkara will suffocate. Linkara says that Nimue’s systems are hardwired into every system of the ship, and he’s determined to shut them all down. Nimue whispers: “Clockwork soldiers can’t say no, the dead men whisper from the Court of Worms…” Linkara tries to make sense of Nimue’s words and asks if the King of Worms is responsible for all this, but Nimue has no straight answers to offer.
Some time later, Jaeris catches up to Comicron-1 and teleports onto the ship. He cautiously makes his way thorough the ship’s corridors. Meanwhile, Linkara has been disabling and ripping out various parts of Nimue’s systems. Linkara grimly tells Nimue that he’s nearly finished, he just needs to pull some wires and Nimue will be shut down. He isn’t sure if he’ll ever be able to bring Nimue back. He reaches for the wires but Nimue rocks the ship, ranting and raving. Linkara manages to rip out the wires and Nimue’s voice suddenly becomes very small and weak as she whimpers:
Nimue’s interface cuts to black as she shuts down completely.
Wearily, Linkara restores the ship’s life systems and stands on the darkened bridge in silence. Suddenly the green lights of the ship turn red. Linkara nervously calls out to Nimue, but the voice that answers him is not Nimue’s.
"Your computer is dead, Champion. Tell me, are you afraid?”
Nimue continues to ramble, speaking in riddles and non-sequiters. Linkara tries to reason with Nimue, telling her she’s malfunctioning and that he wants to help her. Nimue growls that Linkara doesn’t care about anyone but himself and claims that he wants to kill her. Linkara tries to convince Nimue to let him look at her circuits so he can help her, but she calls him a liar and says she’s going to kill him.
Comicron-1 comes to an abrupt halt and Nimue announces that they’ve arrived. Linkara asks where they are but Nimue responds with “Do you hear the whispers of the King of Worms?” Linkara makes a move for the control panel in an attempt to take control of the ship, but he’s knocked back by an electric shock from Nimue. With a heavy heart, Linkara tells Nimue he’s going to have to shut her down and makes preparations to do so.
On Comicron-1, Linkara makes another attempt to figure out what’s wrong with Nimue when suddenly the ship’s engines are activated, taking it out of Earth’s orbit and into space. Nimue rambles insanely, alternating between angry ranting, paranoid delusions, maniacal giggling, and quoting Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Linkara desperately tries to get Nimue to shut down the engines and turn the ship around but she is completely unresponsive, even when he orders her to do a hard reset.
"Do you think you’re going to win?" Nimue hisses, "Do you think I don’t see you!?"
"Nimue," Linkara begins, "I d-don’t understa -"
“I’M NOT TALKING TO YOU!”
Linkara takes out his communicator and sends out a call for help but there’s no response.
Whats your thought on 90's kids interest in the absent grimoire?
I think it’s gonna be revealed that 90s Kid remembers more about being possessed by the Entity than he’s been letting on. If that’s the case, the idea of there being another Entity-like creature would be especially terrifying to him. I figure he wants to learn more so he can better defend himself. Beyond that, I can’t imagine, but I’m really excited to see where this is going.
Linkara is talking to Allen on the phone. Linkara says he doesn’t want Allen’s technicians to examine Nimue because while he trusts Allen, he doesn’t trust his technicians. Jaeris teleports in and Linkara tells Allen he’ll talk to him later. Jaeris asks who Linkara was talking to and Linkara explains that Allen is a friend who acts as his liaison with the U.S. government. Having a giant spaceship in orbit makes people understandably edgy.
Linkara asks if Pollo’s found Jaeris’ universe is and Jaeris says no. Linkara begins to insist that they’ll find it eventually, they just need to find a common reference point between the two universes, but Jaeris stops him, saying he didn’t come to nag Linkara about that. Jaeris says he wants to apologize for everything that he did to Linkara over the past year, admitting that maybe he should have come to Linkara for help from the start. Jaeris starts to say that if he’d done that, he never would have become stranded in Linkara’s universe, but Linkara stops him, saying that it was him who destroyed the pocketwatch and stranded Jaeris, and he has to take responsibility for his own actions.
Suddenly Nimue starts freaking out, saying “I see the beast inside you, I see the beast inside me, Moloch’s love is oil and stone”, then lets out a cacophony of several voices saying different things, before settling on saying the word “green” over and over. Linkara orders Nimue to do a hard reset and she does so, falling silent. Linkara explains that several times a day Nimue starts saying random gibberish before settling on one word and saying it over and over. Jaeris pulls Linkara aside and asks if he’s figured out what’s causing it. Linkara answers that they haven’t found anything wrong with Nimue. Jaeris says that the reason Sierra calls him “Master” is because once Jaeris had to completely reprogram him, instilling loyal and obedience into ever line of code he had. The original Sierra had evolved and become vastly intelligent, but he didn’t know how to use that intelligence - he could think of a billion things in a few second, and nothing could interact with him. It caused Sierra to go insane and try to kill Jaeris. Jaeris managed to disable the AI and reprogram him, and Jaeris thinks Linkara might need to do the same to Nimue. Linkara is skeptical, citing Nimue’s ethical sub-routines, but Jaeris says Sierra had those too. Linkara argues that while his robots have incredible processing power, most of the time they think normally, and points out that Pollo and the Cybermats never went insane. Jaeris still insists that Linkara should cut back on Nimue’s freedom and Linkara says he’ll think about it. Jaeris tells him to be careful and teleports away.
Nimue has finished the hard reset and appears to be functioning normally again. Linkara calls Allen back, leaving the room. After a moment, Nimue whispers:
In a recap video at Linkara's blog Godzilla vs Charles Barkley was listed as the beginning of the storylines. Why isn't that episode on the plot guide?
When I was first putting this guide together, I thought it would be more efficient to link to the episode in Neutro #1 instead of actually listing it in the guide, since the summary would pretty much just be “Linkara has a Magic Coin like in the comic.”
My apologies if you've been asked this before, but are you considering adding the Batman crossover with the Blockbuster Buster into the storyline? Admittedly, we have yet to see if the death of 90's kid sticks or not, but I'm just curious
Lewis addressed the crossover in The Conjuring vlog and said that 90s Kid is not actually dead so, no, probably not.
I feel everyone connecting Vice to the King Of Worms is just a fan desire to see him return, cause yeah, he was a major villain whom fate has yet to be returned. But I feel unlikely that he IS the King Of Worms. Mostly cause the King Of Worms is ancient and old, while Vice may have a long life span, he is not so old that people have create myths and countless tales. Plus as he HAS been seen, I doubt people would tie him to a being of that is said to look like pure fear.
The book doesn’t say anything about just how old the King of Worms is (draschel helpfully transcribed the passage, seen here), and it’s been implied in the storyline that Vyce is pretty infamous throughout the multiverse. Linksano, Munro, and Jaeris, individuals from three different universes, know of Vyce and regard him with a healthy amount of fear and respect. In Star Trek III: the Search for Spock, it’s revealed that even though Vyce’s reputation as a “conquerer of universes” is exaggerated, it’s enough to encourage compliance from future conquests. So I think it’s possible that Vyce has generated plenty of rumors and myths and half-truths about him by now. Hell, the whole thing with the “face twisted by fear” might just be people’s imaginations working overtime trying to envision what Vyce is hiding behind his helmet, of course people are going to assume that he’s hideous beyond all reason.
I mean, I get what you’re saying, a lot of the speculation is probably just fans hoping Vyce will return, but personally I didn’t think Vyce was involved at all until literally that last ask, and it just makes sense to me considering the information we have now. Coming up with theories based on evidence is half the fun of the storyline for me, it’s partly why I made this guide in the first place!
Ever think Lord Vice is "The King of worms?" He coveted fear, he had clock work soldiers that never questioned him, and we never saw his face so it may be twisted and full of fear.
It’s possible! Also remember in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, it’s revealed that Vyce became a being of living data, making him similar to the Entity but not as powerful…just like the King of Worms. AND since that happened fairly recently, it WOULD make Vyce the youngest of the Entity’s “cousins.”
Linkara is looking through the Entity book aka the Absent Grimoire when Pollo comes in to tell him that Allen called wanting to know if he wanted to get drinks tonight. Linkara tells Pollo to tell Allen that’s fine, but Pollo says he’s not Linkara’s secretary and complains that Linkara never takes him out for drinks. Linkara apologizes and invites Pollo along to get drinks with him and Allen. Pollo asks why Linkara’s reading the book and Linkara answers that he was thinking about Nimue and remembered something from the book. Pollo asks if the Entity is back, but Linkara quickly dismisses that notion, saying the Entity is dead. But the book contains information about more than just the Entity, and that the Entity isn’t the only monster out there. Pollo asks if they’re going to be attacked by another but Linkara says he doubts it - the Entity came to their world because Vyce chased it there, most Outer Gods and the like don’t care about beings like them, considering them like ants. Linkara explains that he remembered reading about the Entity’s “cousins”, creatures similar to the Entity but not as powerful. He begins to read a passage about the youngest cousin, the “King of Worms” (or possibly “Wyrms”).
According to the book, the King of Worms was called as such because, unlike the other members of its family, it knew fear to the point where it would not confront its enemies directly. However, this explanation does not match with other legends about the creature that said it would not show its face to its subjects. Apparently the King of Worms was so perverted by fear, an emotion alien to its kind, that it’s face was changed so that it became the personification of fear itself, so that any being that knew fear would recognize it immediately. Because of this, the King of Worms would work through its “clockwork servants” that never questioned him and did not know fear. One consensus among all the legends is that the King of Worms covets fear, wishes to control it, and to one day return its face to its original shape.
Pollo asks if Linkara thinks this King of Worms has gotten a hold of Nimue because of the “clockwork servants” part. Linkara says it’s possible and anyway they’ve exhausted every other possibility. Linkara asks about the temporal shields but Pollo has had no luck with them. Linkara says that the King of Worms probably isn’t behind this but he wants to be prepared just in case, and suggests they check Vyce’s data-logs for information on how he fought creatures like the Entity. Linkara and Pollo leave to do just that, leaving the book behind.
90s Kid silently studies the book for a moment before stealing away with it.
Im sorry to ask, is only that im missing something... but, how was Mechakara alive during the events in Boldly Flee?
In The Fantastic Four #1, when Linkara thought that Mechakara had returned, he speculated that the Magic Coin that Mechakara had taken in their last battle might’ve been responsible for restoring Mechakara to life. While this hasn’t actually been addressed in the storyline itself, Lewis has confirmed that Linkara was correct in his assumptions.
Pollo teleports onto Jaeris’ ship to find Jaeris drunk and nursing a bottle. Pollo says he’s here for another session with Sierra working on searching for Jaeris’ homeworld. Jaeris isn’t particularly enthused, pointing out that they’ve been searching without luck for months now. Sierra says that there’s a lot of data to process and claims that Pollo and Nimue’s slow processing speeds don’t help matters. Pollo says that they’d be able to search more effectively if they did it on Comicron-1, rather than having Pollo copy small portions of data over to it to analyse. Jaeris is reluctant because he doesn’t want to run into Linkara and Pollo tells Jaeris he needs to get over his resentment of Linkara. Jaeris reminds Pollo that it’s thanks to Linkara that the people of Jaeris’ world will continue to suffer and die, and Pollo reminds Jaeris that was his actions that caused Linkara to retaliate like he did. Jaeris states that he did what he had to do and that it was for the best. Pollo points out that Lord Vyce, Mechakara, even the Entity did what they did because they believed it was “for the best.” Sierra says that the data’s been corrupted, and Pollo says that something must’ve happened when Nimue copied it over to Comicron-1. He says he’ll try it again and come back in a few hours before teleporting away. Sierra tells Jaeris not to listen to Pollo and says he still believes in him and what he had to do.
I know they aren't considered full-on story arcs, but considering their importance to Harvey's character development, have you considered grouping the Halloween and Christmas 2012 story arcs and adding them to the list on the side?
I was actually going to do that originally, but I decided it made more sense to keep them grouped under “Gun and Sorcery” since it was all part of that storyline. I mean, I COULD still make them separate, after all “Linkara Lost” and “A Story of Magic” are basically part of the “All That He Sees He Conquers” storyline, I just grouped them into their own things for convenience. Here’s the problem I have: okay, Batman: A Word to the Wise kicks off the Gun and Sorcery storyline. Then it goes into Halloween and Harvey’s stuff. Then it goes BACK to Gun and Sorcery with All-Star Batman #5. So what do I call the second chunk of the Gun and Sorcery storyline? Gun and Sorcery 2: The Quickening? Jaeris Gets His Groove Back? These are the problems I struggle with as moderator of the AT4W Plot Guide, no one understands my pain.
Do you plan on adding the glitchy comments left in the comment section of AT4W blog posts? The ones I'm sure Linkara will deny 'seeing' like with the video glitches with the Entity? There's two on the last ASBAR and one on Battlestar Galactic. Very creepy stuff!
This came up during the Entity storyline, some folks thought I should add the glitchy comments to the guide. I didn’t because I was skeptical that they had anything to do with the storyline and indeed, after the storyline’s conclusion, Linkara confirmed that he had nothing to do with the comments, they were just the fans having fun. He did say he wished that he had thought of it, so I suppose it’s possible he’s doing it now, but even if he is, there’s no way to discern which comments are actual clues for the storyline and which comments are fans having fun, and I want the information here to be accurate. Of course, if it turns out later that the glitchy comments are part of the storyline, I’ll add them.
Linkara is becoming extremely frustrated with Nimue’s constant malfunctions, saying there’s nothing wrong with her circuits or her programming. Pollo suggests that maybe Nimue is just overtaxed and Linkara asks her if that’s the case. Nimue states that while the last year has been trying, all systems are operating perfectly. As she speaks, she has a strange moment where she stutters, which Linkara points out in confusion. Nimue insists that she does not remember stuttering, so Linkara tells her to play back her records. She does so, and after a few moments states that she can’t explain the stuttering.
Linkara asks Nimue if she’s being affected by an outside source. She says it’s possible, but it’s impossible to tell for sure. Linkara asks Pollo if he’s had any luck restoring the temporal shields to Comicron-1. Pollo says they still has not been able to activate them since shutting them down. Linkara says that he’s going to send Pollo onto Comicron-1 to work on getting the temporal shields online. Once he’s onboard, he wants Nimue to put up the force wall. If something is influencing Nimue, maybe the temporal shields can keep whatever it is out. Nimue teleports Pollo onto Comicron-1 and raises the force wall. Linkara says he’ll do what he can from down there and gets to work.
Nimue suddenly asks Linkara in a strange voice, “Are you afraid of me?” Bewildered, Linkara says of course not and leaves the room. Once he’s gone, Nimue whispers harshly, “You should be.”
Linkara is talking on the phone with someone named Allen, saying, “I don’t think he’s a threat - if I did, I would never let him on board the ship.” He bids Allen goodbye, saying he’ll talk to him again next week.
Nimue has finished her diagnostics check and reports that there are no anomalies, saying independent computer systems have been unable to detect any faults in her system. Linkara is confused by this, saying that Jaeris was able to walk in and out whenever he pleased, without having to disable security. Nimue confirms that she detected no security breaches during the times Jaeris says he snuck in.
Linkara asks Nimue how she’s been feeling lately. Nimue says she doesn’t feel anything, but Linkara says that isn’t true, citing how Nimue expressed regret and sorrow when the Entity was about to absorb them. He repeats his question and Nimue hesitantly responds that she’s uncertain. She cannot elaborate on this further, just that the closest approximation of how she feels would be “worry.” Linkara asks if she’s feeling fear, and she says it’s possible, admitting that she’s concerned with her performance lately. Nimue has a question for Linkara: “What does it feel like…when someone is losing their mind?”
Concerned, Linkara says he’s going to have Pollo do another diagnostic and leaves the room. In the silence, Nimue says in a strange voice “He-he-he-he-he has seen me -” before giving off a series of sparks. After a moment she lets out an intense whisper: “You’re not going to win.”
Will this Tumblr also cover the DVD-exclusive episodes? Or just the online ones?
Good question! I’m not sure yet, I’ll have to see what the storyline content of the DVD is and how it relates to other storylines before I make a decision. (Don’t worry, I’ll be first in line to get the DVD when it becomes available!)
SCI-Spy #2 belongs between Ultimatum #5 and Gameboy #1.
Well this is weird. I actually have the episode listed in the right place, but it’s not showing up in any of its tags. I tried retagging the post but that didn’t work either. I’ll try to figure this out, thanks for letting me know.
In Spider-Man 2099 #1, 90s Kid switched places with the 90s Kid of 2099 thanks to a “temporal time thingie” caused by the Plot Hole. 2090s Kid now bids Linkara farewell as he returns to his own time and is replaced by 90s Kid, who has much to tell about the future. He also gives Linkara a strange note, saying it’s supposed to be important.
Doctor Insano gleefully rambles about his plans for world domination over speakerphone as he pilots the giant robot Neutro. Linkara orders Nimue to deploy Neurto’s shutdown sequence, but Nimue says the system is not responding. Linkara asks how Insano was able to get control of Neutro when Nimue was supposed to be monitoring the robot. Nimue explains that she’s been extremely overtaxed over the last year thanks to random malfunctions and had to relax some security measures in order to stay functional. Linksano says that Insano has probably been planning this ever since he heard that Linkara had lost his magic. Linkara orders Nimue to fire on Neutro, but Insano has apparently given Neutro an energy shield and is undamaged. Nimue can’t beam Linkara into the robot thanks to the energy shield, and they can’t get backup from Angry Joe as he’s currently orbiting the other side of the planet. Linksano claims he can get through the energy shield in less than an hour and Linkara tells him to do it.
Later, Linksano tells Linkara that he’s managed to weaken the energy shield and can teleport one person and one small object into Neutro. This time, Linkara takes a Cybermat with him, and sets it loose inside the robot. Linkara confronts Insano in the control room, but Insano puts a force field over the door. Linkara tries to convince Insano that ruling the world isn’t worth it and he can have everything he wants with Linkara’s holodeck (like he did with Linksano), but Insano’s mind is set on real world domination. Just then Neutro’s power fails thanks to the Cybermat, and the force field disappears. Insano attacks Linkara and Linkara orders Nimue to beam them to his apartment.
In Linkara’s apartment, Insano dons a pair of techno gloves that knock Linkara back with incredible force. Linkara realizes that when Insano took off with the Nostalgia Critic’s house, he got all the tech that was onboard, including the power-enhancing energy gloves that Jesuotaku invented. Linkara tries firing with the Magic Gun but Insano simply blocks it with his gloves. Linkara tries to take Insano head on but the gloves prove to too powerful. Linkara morphs into White Ranger Zeo Linkara and the two begin to fight in earnest, but they’re interrupted when Linkara is shot down by Jaeris.
Jaeris angrily tells Linkara that thanks to him, he can never go home and save his world. Linkara says he’s learned about Jaeris’ mission and he’s sorry for what he’s done. He realizes he made a horrible mistake, but he claims to have the resources to help get Jaeris back home. Insano says that he doesn’t know what’s going on, but he could totally be more help than Linkara and urges Jaeris to join him. Linkara says he wants to help Jaeris with his mission and while he can’t promise success, he’ll do everything in his power to make it happen. Linkara offers Jaeris the Magic Gun, telling him to take it and the ship if that’s what it takes to free his world.
Jaeris silently considers this for a moment before turning his gun on Insano, who lashes out at the two of them with his gloves. Linkara tries to put a force field around Insano but Insano simply punches through it. Linkara and Jaeris try to fight Insano but he easily knocks them back. Linkara has Jaeris distract Insano with a barrage of gunfire while he speaks directly to Margaret. He says that the last time they spoke, she said that he was holding back her real power, and he asks her to show it now. Suddenly she’s at his side. She give him the power to charge up the Magic Gun and fire a powerful blast at Insano that knocks him down. Linkara tells Nimue to beam Insano out of there and she does so. Jaeris asks why they didn’t do that in the first place, and Nimue says that she couldn’t get a lock on him until his gloves were disabled.
Linkara says he wasn’t lying before; he wants to use Comicron-1’s resources to help Jaeris get home and save his world. Jaeris asks why Linkara is helping him after everything he’s done to Linkara. Linkara offers his hand and says it’s because he was wrong about Jaeris; he doesn’t think he’s an enemy, he think he’s a friend. Jaeris doesn’t take Linkara’s hand, saying that he isn’t ready to call him a friend yet. He wouldn’t have to ask for help if Linkara hadn’t destroyed the pocketwatch in the first place.
Later, Spoony is hanging out with Linkara and apologizes for Insano. He asks if Linkara’s really going to help Jaeris, and Linkara says that Linksano is currently working on finding the coordinates of Jaeris’ universe, as apparently the computer in Jaeris’ ship is different than Comicron-1’s. Spoony asks if he can really trust Jaeris but Linkara thinks it says a lot that Jaeris didn’t just take the Magic Gun and leave him to Insano. Spoony leaves the room to order pizza and Linkara looks up to see Margaret. He asks her if her showing up like this is going to be a regular thing and she says no - there are rules to the forces of magic that Linkara’s playing with, and he’s going to need to learn them for facing challenges in the future.
Meanwhile, on Comicron-1, Nimue says to herself that over the past year, she has dealt with massive critical failures that have interfered with normal operations, and that they are far too numerous and in specific areas for it to merely be a malfunction. She begins to do a self-diagnostic to determine the problem, but suddenly her electronics spark and frizzle and she falls silent. After a moment, her green interface turns red as she says in a strange voice, “Self-diagnostic…canceled.”
Linkara beams aboard the bridge of Comicron-1 and orders Nimue to beam everyone aboard and tell them to get to their battlestations. Linkara contacts Doctor Linksano and Pollo and tells them to coordinate with Nimue and find the Gunslinger NOW.
Finally, Nimue contacts Linkara, saying that the Gunslinger has been found. From Engineering, Linksano tells Linkara that the only reason they’ve found the Gunslinger is because he’s currently dimension hopping and putting out a lot of energy. Linkara orders them to pursue and they charge into another dimension.
The enemy ship is put on screen: it’s ship in the shape of a house. Linkara asks Linksano if he’s worked out all the bugs in Comicron-1’s refit seeing how things didn’t go too well the last time he fought a house. Linksano says that it’s all taken care of. Linkara hails the enemy ship and demands that the Gunslinger surrender or be destroyed. Nimue reports that the enemy ship is increasing speed and Linkara orders her to match speed and lock on weapons. Comicron-1 fires on the enemy ship and manages to get the shields down to 50%. Just then, alarms go off and Nimue warns that the weapons are malfunctioning. Linksano reports that circuits in the communications systems are overloading. Linkara asks then why are the weapons being affected, but Linksano doesn’t know. However, he says that it’s not what happened when Linkara was fighting against Terl. Harvey at the weapons controls manages to bring down the enemy’s shields, but warns that their weapons are gone. Linkara wants to teleport over to the ship with an army of Cybermats, but Nimue says there’s only enough power to transport one person and a small being. Linkara orders Nimue to transport himself and Pollo.
On the enemy ship, Linkara tells Pollo to hack into its systems and try to cut the engines. Linkara looks around the ship, realizing it looks like a house on the inside too, commenting that some people must really want the comforts of home along with them. Pollo says he’s interfaced with the computer and is downloading information. Linkara notices a bunch of Magic Guns lying on nearby table and sees his Magic Gun amongst them. He takes it and marvels over the Gunslinger’s collection. Pollo says that there are several files on the computer referencing the guns and video logs of his encounters. Linkara tells Pollo to download them all. Linkara looks over the guns and wonders if the Gunslinger got them from other universes, noting their varied designs.
Suddenly the Gunslinger discovers Linkara, his Magic Gun ready. Pollo has found the gravity controls and causes the room to lurch, throwing the Gunslinger off-balance. Linkara tells Pollo to turn the ship around and Pollo hacks into the navigational systems. The Gunslinger orders the computer, Sierra, to redirect the gravity and he does so, causing Linkara to lose balance. He contacts Nimue and tells her to teleport him and Pollo out of there, but Nimue says that’s not possible as power reserves haven’t recharged yet. While Pollo and Sierra battle for control of the ship, Linkara and the Gunslinger duke it out. In the fight, Linkara manages to get ahold of the Gunslinger’s pocketwatch. Suddenly Linkara and Pollo are beamed back to Linkara’s apartment.
Nimue explains that the enemy ship returned to this universe and Comicron-1 was able to get in range and teleport Linkara and Pollo to safety. Linkara says the Gunslinger will be along soon and tells Pollo to review in the information he downloaded for anything useful. Pollo reviews the files at advanced speed, but before he can say anything, the Gunslinger teleports in, looking haggard. He demands the return of the pocketwatch but Linkara threatens it with the Magic Gun. After the Gunslinger invading his home, attacking him and his friends, almost getting them to kill each other, and kidnapping the Magic Gun, Linkara is extremely pissed off. The Gunslinger says that he doesn’t understand, but Linkara is in no mood to listen and destroys the pocketwatch. The Gunslinger doubles over in pain. He charges Linkara in a rage, but he’s beamed away. Pollo angrily chastises Linkara for destroying the pocketwatch, saying that the Gunslinger is not their enemy.
Later, on Comicron-1, Pollo explains that the Gunslinger’s name is Jaeris. He displays one of Jaeris’ many log entries on Comicron-1’s screen. In the video, Jaeris explains that in his universe, a few years ago, there was legislation from the government to supposedly protect the rights of the artists. Jaeris was an internet reviewer then, and his work started getting curtailed as more and more laws were passed. The video changes to show a woman in white explaining that the pirates and criminals have been using the internet to get away with theft for years, but with this multinational initiative, the rights and work of artists will be protected. Jaeris goes on to say that if you expressed opinions contrary to what the government or its backers thought, you’d be taken in the middle of the night and never seen again…and that’s what happened to him. Fortunately, the resistance broke him out of prison and they got to work undermining the regime. But they didn’t have the resources to take on the government, so Jaeris decided to travel to other universes and find people who could help him. He holds up his Magic Gun and explains that he used his magic to create a link between him and his wife back home - his Magic Gun. It’s powered by both of their souls together, and will continue to work as long as they’re both alive.
Harvey asks why Jaeris didn’t just ask for help. Pollo displays another video: Jaeris explains that he’s heading home soon with the people he found in other universes. They all have their own Magic Guns and they’re ready to fight to free Jaeris’ world. Later, a visibly shaken Jaeris says that all his companions are dead. Linksano explains that plenty of universes are similar enough that one can travel from one universe to another with no difficulty, but sometimes a person just can’t exist in another universe, it’s poison to them. It happened to Linksano a few times before he invented a device that allowed him to dimension-hop without fear.
The logs continue: Jaeris says that some of the guns are still workable and can be used by others. With Sierra’s help, Jaeris discovered that once the full power of a Magic Gun is unlocked, it can be used by anybody. Apparently the best way to unlock a Magic Gun is to put its owner through great emotional stress. Jaeris says that he may be alone, but at least he can use the Magic Guns to save his world. Pollo says that Jaeris goes on to describe multiple battles he had with other people. He never deliberately killed anyone, but he always took their guns after they were unlocked.
Linkara asks what this has to do with the pocketwatch. Linksano explains that while some universes will kill you if you step into them, other universes will simply assimilate you into them. Once you become a part of that universe, it’s nearly impossible to go home without dying again. A device like the pocketwatch can keep one anchored to their universe and allow them to temporarily exist in another universe, like with Lord Vyce and his armor. Linkara asks if Jaeris can’t just make another one but Linksano says that you can only create one in your own universe and they are extremely difficult to make. Linkara realizes with horror that by destroying the pocketwatch, he’s guaranteed that Jaeris will never be able to go home again.
Just then an alarm goes off and Nimue reports the Neutro has launched and is marching towards Minneapolis. Doctor Insano is back, and he has control of Neutro.
Meanwhile, Sierra regretfully informs Jaeris that he’s finished acclimating to this universe. He explains that if Jaeris were to try to return to his universe, he would die within seconds. He asks what Jaeris’ orders are. After a long silence, Jaeris takes his Magic Gun and leaves.
The Ghost of Christmas Present has been replaced by the cloaked Ghost of Christmas Future. Harvey Finevoice demands to see the Spirit’s face and and the Spirit removes his cloak, revealing himself to be Future Linkara. Future Linkara tells Harvey to consider him an echo of what Linkara could be, what he will be. Future Linkara points out a gravestone nearby.
"Oh NO, it’s my GRAVESTONE!" Harvey says sarcastically. He rants about how this has all been a pointless waste of time and that of course he’s gonna die. EVERYONE’S gonna die.
"We’re all gonna…die and leave when we shouldn’t. So what the hell do you get outta showin’ me that I’m gonna die, huh!?"
"Harvey," Future Linkara says, "where do you think you are right now?"
Confused, Harvey takes a closer look at the gravestone.
It’s Charlie’s grave.
"I don’t wanna be here!" Harvey sobs. Future Linkara says that Harvey’s always here, and that Harvey was the one who brought him there. Harvey says he can’t say goodbye to his son, not when there’s someone out there just like the one he lost. Future Linkara says that he’s not Harvey’s son, and that he needs to accept that. “You have to say goodbye.”
Harvey says that Linkara left for three months, and it was like losing his son all over again. He was so angry that’s he’d left him again. Future Linkara says that he’s not who Harvey wants him to be and he never will, he has to let go of him. Harvey asks when do you start moving on, and Future Linkara says what better time than Christmas?
"This is where you are, where do you want - where do you need to be?”
When Harvey looks at Future Linkara, he’s disappeared. Harvey turns back to the gravestone.
He slowly gets up. Just then Linkara walks in. He’s surprised and delighted to see Harvey and urges him to join in the festivities, saying that this is a time to be thankful. He rushes out of the room and Harvey smiles to himself.
Harvey Finevoice finds himself in Linkara’s apartment, where he’s greeted by the Ghost of Christmas Present. Harvey says he’s not in the mood for this and asks the Spirit to take him back to his hotel room, but the Spirit says he’s not the one who brought Harvey there. Just then, Linkara begins his review and the two watch him.
After the review Harvey says, “Geez, my kid really knows how to pick ‘em.”
“Your kid?” the Spirit asks.
"Mr. Finevoice, where do you think you are right now?"
Harvey stares at the Ghost in confusion before stumbling away seemingly in pain. The scene fades to white.
The episode opens with Harvey Finevoice doing a concert before a throng of screaming fans. Later, in his hotel room, he’s visited by the Nostalgia Critic. After the events of To Boldly Flee, Critic has taken a job on the side as a Ghost of Christmas Past, and is here to give Harvey a much needed kick in the ass. He tells Harvey that he needs to trust Linkara again, but Harvey says that he doesn’t trust himself around Linkara. Critic asks how Harvey and Linkara met, and Harvey flashes back to a review years ago, back when Linkara still spoke softly and had terrible lighting.
Harvey explains that during this time, his son had died and his wife left him shortly after. Harvey was a wreck. Linkara found Harvey lying by the side of the road while he was training for his Amazons Attack review and got him help.
"The kid saved me, really," Harvey says. "I made sure to always have Charlie’s back."
"Charlie?" Critic asks in confusion.
"Harvey, where do you think you are right now?"
Annoyed, Harvey says he’s talking to Critic, but Critic says that’s not it at all. Critic says he has to go now and wishes Harvey good luck, leaving the other man in confusion as the scene fades to white.
Where's the plot point in "Batman: A Word to the Wise?" It seems very important since it introduces the Gunslinger character and basically begins the entire Guns and Sorcery arc. To be honest, I didn't see this episode in the Guns and Sorcery section, or in the FAQ. Without it, it's very unclear what happened to Linkara's magic gun or why he's suddenly on some long journey. You may want to include it as well as: Marvel Team Up #74, Blake's 7 #2, and Battle for Bludhaven #1-6 for more of a set up
I have all those episodes listed in the Guns and Sorcery tag. I’m not sure why you’re not seeing them, they show up for me. Is anyone else having this problem? It might just be tumblr acting up.
Linkara goes into the living room to find Harvey Finevoice, 90s Kid, and Doctor Linksano all armed and glaring at each other suspiciously. Linkara apologizes for his behavior, saying they need to work together. Whatever this thing is that’s doing all this, it wants them to destroy each other, and if that happens, it will have won. Harvey still doesn’t trust Linkara, saying that even if he really IS Linkara, it doesn’t change anything. They’re still trapped in the apartment, and Linkara still left them at the mercy of a psychotic hologram. Linkara tries to apologize but Harvey doesn’t want to hear it and the two begin loudly arguing. Linksano slinks off in disgust.
Meanwhile, 90s Kid has noticed the hooded shadow on the wall. 90s Kid tries to tell Linkara and Harvey but they’re too busy arguing. 90s Kid tries to shoot his gun at the shadow but it isn’t working, so he picks up a sword and stabs the shadow, getting everyone’s attention. Linkara whips out the Magic Gun, but the shadow waves its arm and Linkara collapses, seemingly in pain. The same happens to Harvey. Linkara throws the Magic Gun to 90s Kid, who uses it to destroy the shadow.
Linkara asks what the hell the shadow was and Linksano says it looked kinda like one of Lord Vyce’s Shades. Harvey says he thought it looked like one of the Cloaks. Suddenly, Nimue speaks up, apparently online again, much to Linkara’s confusion. She warns that there’s an intruder alert. Linkara turns around to see the Gunslinger. 90s Kid fires the Magic Gun, but the Gunslinger simply blocks it with his high-tech glove. Harvey is about to fire his own gun, but Linkara tells them to stop.
Linkara asks the Gunslinger who he is and he answers, “Just someone doing what he has to.” Linkara guesses that the Gunslinger is the one who’s been responsible for all this. The Gunslinger says he picked up the shadow creature a few months ago when he was fighting another guy with a gun. It loosens peoples’ inhibitions and feeds off their rage. The Gunslinger is still after the Magic Gun, but he doesn’t want it until it’s “ready.” Just then, the Gunslinger gets a signal from his glove. He smiles and says the Magic Gun is ready now, saying that Linkara’s been busy these last few months and he didn’t need to get him mad after all. Linkara asks what he means and the Gunslinger says that Linkara’s unlocked the Magic Gun’s full power. Harvey fires at the Gunslinger but he blocks the bullets with his glove. Linkara commands Nimue to put a force field around the Gunslinger, trapping him. Linkara says it’s time for the Gunslinger to explain himself, but the Gunslinger looks at his pocketwatch and says he doesn’t have the time. He tells Linkara that he heard he defeated Lord Vyce, and that probably makes Linkara a good guy. He’d ask Linkara for help, but he doesn’t think it would work out. The Gunslinger teleports away, and Nimue is unable to stop him. Linkara hits the wall in frustration.
Later, Linkara goes to talk to Harvey. He says Harvey missed the meeting, but Harvey says he doesn’t think it would have been good for him to be there. Linkara explains that Pollo and Linksano suspect that Nimue was never offline in the first place - there’s no damage to the main computer. The shadow creature probably screwed with their perceptions and made them think that Nimue was offline and couldn’t leave the apartment. Linkara asks Harvey if he’s is okay and Harvey says he isn’t. Harvey says that it doesn’t matter if their perceptions were fake, everything he said and felt was real. He really was angry about the Holokara incident, and he really was ready to kill Linkara over it. Linkara says he didn’t, and that’s what’s important, but Harvey isn’t convinced. Harvey says he needs to get away for a while - he has a concert tour that will take him all over the states, and it’ll give him time to think. Linkara is disappointed and asks if he’ll be back for Christmas. Harvey says they’ll see.
Harvey turns to leave, and Linkara says that for what it’s worth, he really IS sorry about the Holokara incident. Before this all started, he said that he knew he would never turn evil as long as he had his friends by his side, and this opinion has not changed. Harvey leaves without answering.
Linkara uses his cell phone to call the Cinema Snob for help with a joke. After he hangs up, he realizes he can use the cell phone to contact the outside world and get help, but when he checks it again, there’s no signal.
Linkara asks Doctor Linksano if he’s had any luck linking several communication devices together to make a signal strong enough to reach orbit, but Linksano says they’re simply isn’t enough power to signal a teleport. Linkara points out that whatever’s keeping them in the apartment might also have blocked the communications channels - after all, Pollo was on Comicron-1 when the power went down, and he should’ve realized by now that something is wrong. Linkara’s been trying to remove the protection spell so they can bust through the door, but his spellbook only talks about casting the spell, not removing it. Harvey Finevoice tried to remove the hinges on the door, but the screws wouldn’t budge.
Linksano says he tried for six hours to fix the main computer but the main relays are just too damaged. Harvey angrily points out that for someone who’s supposed to be a science advisor, Linksano seems to screw up a lot when it comes to science. Harvey recalls that Linksano incorrectly fingered Doctor Insano when Linkara first lost his magic, that he never got the gun he made for Linkara’s journey to work right, and that it was Linksano’s communicator that malfunctioned when they needed to call Linkara. Harvey says that ever since Lord Vyce escaped his exile, Linksano hasn’t had any motivation to help them. Linkara interjects, saying that Nimue has been keeping an eye on Linksano and besides, even with Vyce gone, there’s always the possibility that they could exile him. Harvey points out that Nimue WAS watching Linksano…until she was shut down. Linksano could have been the one to mess with her circuits.
"Assuming, of course," Harvey says, "he’s really who he says he is…"
Harvey recalls how the Entity possessed 90s Kid last year. Maybe instead of dying, it just jumped ship…to Linksano. 90s Kid insists that the Entity is dead, but Harvey says that maybe the Entity is STILL in 90s Kid. 90s Kid points out that Harvey leaves the apartment all the time to go to his “gigs”, finding it hard to believe that longue singers get a lot of gigs nowadays.
Linkara tries to break up the arguing but Harvey rages at Linkara, saying that he left them for three months to deal with Holokara on their own. Linkara points out that they could’ve shut the hologram off at any time, but Harvey is skeptical. In fact, he’s begun to suspect that Linkara isn’t really who he says he is either, pointing out that the mobile emitter disappeared the next day. Linkara says an intruder snuck in and took it, and besides, it was never turned on again inside the apartment, but Harvey finds it hard to believe an intruder got in without tripping any alarms. Maybe somebody LET him in.
Linkara says he should be accusing everyone else - he’s been gone for three months, one of the others might’ve let the intruder is. Harvey says that they lost contact with Linkara for a month, maybe he never came back at all, and something else entirely came in his place. Linkara says that Harvey’s the one throwing accusations around and that 90s Kid is right about Harvey leaving for months at a time without telling anyone where he’s going, and Linksano agrees, saying Harvey is pitting everyone against each other. However, Linkara agrees with Harvey that Linksano has been decidedly unhelpful and that maybe he should’ve picked someone else as his science advisor.
The whole group explodes into bickering. Unbeknownst to them, a hooded shadow watches silently.
Linkara, Harvey Finevoice, 90s Kid, and Doctor Linksano are all hanging out in Linkara’s apartment. Suddenly, Nimue warns that an intruder has entered the apartment. Before Nimue can continue, there’s an explosion, disabling her. The lights flicker ominously. Linksano says that if Nimue has been disabled, the main computer is offline as well. Linkara wants to leave the apartment as to not risk a confrontation without the emergency procedures in place, but the door won’t open, despite it being unlocked. Linkara tries to break the door down using the Magic Gun, but realizes that won’t work because the protection spell is still in place. Linkara suggests using his wrist communicator to teleport them to Comicron-1, but Linksano says he took the communicator up to the ship to figure out why there was a communications failure. Harvey suggests using one of Linkara’s other communicators like the ones from Star Trek or Power Rangers, but Linkara says they’re tied into the main computer as a relay point, and without the computer, the signal won’t be strong enough.
The four are trapped in Linkara’s apartment with no way to get out, no way to contact the outside world and get help, and someTHING is in there with them…
Linkara says that Pollo has explained what’s going on with his short-range transmitter. Linkara accuses Holokara of the communications breakdown with Comicron-1, but Holokara says that it wasn’t him - he suspects it was a malfunction aboard Comicron-1, and the Cybermats are looking into it.
Doctor Linksano tells Linkara to be careful, but Linkara simply tells the computer to deactivate the emergency reviewing hologram, and Holokara disappears. Harvey Finevoice says that it looks like the Magic Gun is working again, and Linkara mentions that it looks like his magic enchantments are back as well, including the protective spell on the apartment. Linkara realizes it’s Monday and goes off to do the review, telling Linksano to do what he can for Pollo.
After the review, Holokara bursts into the room and puts a force field over the door, saying they need to talk. Holokara notes that Linkara doesn’t seem that surprised that he’s back online, but Linkara says that Holokara is based on his brain patterns and personality, it’s in Holokara’s nature to have a backup plan. Just then Linksano contacts him, warning that Holokara is online again but they’ve already figured out how he backed up his program, and he and Pollo are working on shutting down the hologram permanently. Holokara attempts to disable Pollo again but Linksano has blocked his signals to Pollo.
Holokara reminds Linkara that he can’t take him in a fight, but Linkara suggests that the Magic Gun has become more powerful than ever, and demands to know what Holokara wants. “Well that’s the thing, isn’t it?” Holokara says, “It’s all about power. The power to do good.” Linkara asks what he’s talking about and Holokara turns to Nimue, asking what her status is. Nimue says that Comicron-1’s weapons are charged and aimed at the provided coordinates…New York City. Specifically, Marvel Entertainment.
Holokara’s plan is to issue an ultimatum to Marvel: they will begin work on a storyline reversing One More Day, keeping Holokara apprised of its progress…or he will use Comicron-1 to level Marvel offices. If Spiderman can’t be saved, then at least he can die with dignity.
Holokara describes a world with no more heroes making deals with the devil, no more heroes being killed off for no reason or being retconned and rebooted, and they have the power to make it happen. Superheroes are bigger than us, they’re our mythology, existing to inspire us to be better, but time and time again they are squandered or have injustices heaped on them. Holokara says that the creators have shown themselves to be the true villains, and that it’s time he and Linkara be the heroes they should be and save these characters.
Linkara considers all this for a moment, before saying that all Holokara is doing is threatening people if he doesn’t get his way. “That doesn’t make you a hero, that makes you a bully.” Holokara insists that this is too important - they deconstruct all these horrible comics over and over, and nothing ever changes. Linkara says that things will change, by winning hearts and minds, by convincing people that they’re right, not by forcing them, and especially not by putting a gun to their heads.
Linksano contacts Linkara again, saying they’ve isolated Holokara’s program and can short-circuit his emitter. Linkara tells Linksano to fry the emitter. Holokara disappears, the mobile emitter falling to the floor.
Later, Linkara has a chat with Harvey, Pollo, 90s Kid, and Linksano. Pollo asks if they’ve figured out what was wrong with Holokara, and Linkara says nothing was wrong with him - he was acting exactly like he was supposed to. The hologram was based on Linkara’s memories and mental patterns, and its entirely likely that if he hadn’t gone on that journey and learned all these things about himself, he might have turned out just like Holokara.
Harvey says he doesn’t believe that Linkara could’ve turned evil, considering how many times he’s saved the world. Linksano says that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. You can justify anything if it’s in the pursuit of a “greater good,” the important thing is where you draw the line. Linkara asks Nimue why she didn’t shut off Holokara when this all started, saying she’s programed with ethical subroutines to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Nimue apologizes, explaining that Comicron-1 has recently been suffering multiple malfunctions that can’t be explained at this time. Linkara says they’ll get to work investigating that, adding that the Gunslinger is still out there and it’s worrying that he’s been so quiet.
Linkara also says that this whole thing has convinced him that he’ll never turn evil. When Holokara began to turn on the group, they banded together and fought back, protecting each other. Linkara can’t think of anyone else he would rather have standing by his side and keeping him from turning evil.
That night, the Gunslinger sneaks into the apartment and takes the mobile emitter still laying on the floor.
Hey, I run the dedicated Atop the Fourth Wall Wiki, and I was wondering if you wanted to put a link in the sidebar there. We are approved by Linkara and have more in-depth info (and pictures!) regarding the show's characters, items, and background info :3
…But I already did! xD I’ve had a link to the AT4W wiki in the sidebar pretty much ever since I started this blog. But yes, everyone go check it out. I actually helped edit the wiki and supplied information when it first got started, so you know it’s gotta be good. /shot
Harvey Finevoice and 90s Kid ambush Holokara and attack him with their guns. It doesn’t seem to have any effect, but Doctor Linksano urges them on from a hidden location, insisting that Holokara’s power levels are slowly draining. 90s Kid runs out of bullets so he picks up the recharged BFG and uses that instead. Holokara deflects the BFG’s laser, knocking down Harvey and 90s Kid. Pollo attempts to hack the mobile emitter, but Holokara foresaw this and put Pollo into a new body for just this occasion. He snaps his fingers, disabling Pollo. Linksano jumps out of his hiding spot and fires at Holokara with his own gun. Holokara mentions that Linkara left a number of emergency procedures, and activates “Emergency Procedure #3.” A force field suddenly appears in front of Linksano, knocking him back.
Holokara taunts the group, saying that no one can stop him and what he’s begun. Suddenly, a shot hits him from behind, and he whirls around in confusion.
"Oh, I don’t know," Linkara says, cocking the Magic Gun, "I think I might know a guy."
Hey thanks for this story guide! It's helped me a lot. After about episode 100 I kind of forgot to keep checking new episodes and only recently came back after to boldly flee came out, and this has helped me to get reacquainted with the series.
You’re welcome! Yeah it can be intimidating when you’ve missed out on a lot of episodes, so I’m glad I could help with that.
What about To Boldly Flee? That starred Mechakara prominently.
I’m still debating whether I should put any of the anniversary events in here. Not just To Boldly Flee, but also Suburban Knights, since the “Guns and Sorcery” storyline has made several references to events in that movie. If I decide to, it will take me a while to type out the summaries and figure out what to keep in and what to leave out, so please bear with me in that department.
This aint really a question ,but more of a thank you. I have come to this site many time thinking "Well where did that come from."and this has helped alot. Now while I am re-watching all of his videos back to back ,just finished Blood Pack #1 (EXTREME), if I forget something it is so much easier going on here,then looking though all of the episodes ,thank you.
Doctor Linksano meets with Harvey Finevoice to discuss what to do about Holokara. Harvey admits that firing his pistol at Holokara like he did was dumb and, at the very least, he should’ve aimed for the mobile emitter, but he was too angry to think clearly. Linksano says it wouldn’t have made much of a difference anyway - a hologram is a combination of light projections and force fields, so Holokara can project a force field around the mobile emitter to protect it. Linksano thinks that Holokara can still be defeated with a frontal assault, but they’ll need bigger and more powerful guns. With continued and sustained attacks, they can drain Holokara’s energy, they just need to stay alive long enough to see it through. As they plan, Harvey comments that he thinks the Gunslinger is behind all this and is just waiting for a chance to attack.
Meanwhile, the Gunslinger teleports into a house where he is greeted by a computer called Sierra. The Gunslinger doubles over in pain, both from his wounds from his fight with Linkara and from high toxicity in his bloodstream. While Sierra administers medication into the air supply, the Gunslinger says that Linkara’s universe is like poison to him - he had only been there a few minutes before losing focus. Sierra says that the readings the Gunslinger came back with were very thorough and that it should be able to extend the Gunslinger’s ability to withstand Linkara’s universe. He also says that three months have passed in Linkara’s universe.
Sierra asks if the Gunslinger was able to make Linkara angry, and the Gunslinger says Linkara seemed more annoyed than anything, but he thinks he can “make this work.” Sierra says that it’s been studying the records of Linkara’s universe and found out that Linkara managed to defeat Lord Vyce. Because of this, Sierra suggests they should steer clear of Linkara and challenge someone else, but the Gunslinger disagrees. He says that if Linkara really did take out Vyce, then it’s more important than ever that they get his Magic Gun up to full power. “After all, it is the last one we need.” On a nearby table sits a large stash of Magic Guns.
As Holokara ends the review, he tells Nimue that they need to reposition Comicron-1.
Linkara walks alone, dejected, when suddenly a young girl appears before him. Linkara realizes that this is Margaret. He asks how she’s doing this and says he’d like to talk to her like this more often, if possible, but she says not to worry about it now.
Linkara acknowledges that he’s made a mess of things but he’s confused about what to do now. Frustrated, he asks Margaret what she wants from him, what he’s supposed to do to make things right again. Margaret says she wants him to be better. She’s been holding back with him because she’s been uncertain about him, and what he could do if she let loose her full power. Linkara says that maybe Steven was right about him and he is going evil, and Margaret should use her power to snuff out Linkara before he gets worse.
Margaret says that Linkara is her partner and friend, and she wants to help him. She tells Linkara to be more mindful in the future, to think a little bit more, and to be more aware of things. Linkara promises to try (Margaret points out doing is better than trying, to which Linkara agrees). Linkara says he thinks he’s ready to go home now. Margaret smiles and says, “I’m already home.” before disappearing.
Steven accuses Linkara of being arrogant and power-hungry, and so deluded that he can’t see it. He explains that people see magic as a means to gain more power, but the truth is magic can’t be used for evil. Magic is tied to the being and mind of a person, to their very soul. It can be used to defend and to heal, but it cannot be used to actively or even passively hurt others. The human soul can tell the difference between right and wrong, even if the mind can’t.
Linkara points out that Malachite was able to use his magic for evil. Steven admits that Malachite’s power was beyond anything that any magic-user had ever seen or seen since. It’s extremely rare for the rules to be broken like that. Linkara asks about curses and dark magic, pointing out that the Magic Gun was forged in a dark ritual. Steven explains that in those cases, people are granted power from a dark, powerful demonic source, not realizing there’s always a price to pay.
Linkara still doesn’t understand: his magic isn’t working cause his soul knew he was a bad guy? Steven explains that it hasn’t happened yet. Margaret sped things up to get Linkara’s attention. She’s worried about him, worried about what he might become. Linkara insists he’s not turning evil, and Steven tells Linkara to think back to all the times he’s: used his powerselfishly, lashedout at others unreasonably, worried about his ownproblems before anyone else’s, arrogantly assumed his solutions were the right ones, ignored the suffering of others, and went off into his own world, oblivious to the words of others.
Linkara is silent.
"Our actions and our thoughts shape who we are," Steven says, "and yours are not shaping up to the ones of a hero.” He suggests Linkara go home and think carefully about who he really is.
Linkara explains that while the leads in Canada turned out to be dead ends, he did get some information about a great wizard living in the area. Nimue directed him on where to go, but then his communicator lost contact with the ship. Putting that aside for now, Linkara finds himself at a suburban home and is greeted by the Great Wizard Aplos (who now goes by Steven). Linkara explains the situation and hands the Magic Gun over to Steven. Steven inspects the gun and begins to talk to it, to Linkara’s confusion. Steven puts the gun aside and rolls some strange-looking dice, looking over the results with concern.
Steven asks Linkara if he knew the girl of the Magic Gun is named Margaret. Linkara is surprised, saying that he didn’t know and he’d been trying to figure that out. Steven explains that Linkara wouldn’t know that because he hasn’t unlocked Margaret’s full potential yet. He goes on to say that if Linkara had unlocked her full potential and this had happened, he might’ve been “too far gone.” Linkara doesn’t understand, so Steven spells it out for him: “The problem is not with your magic, the problem is with YOU.” He then tells Linkara that he’s turning evil.
Harvey Finevoice angrily confronts Holokara, demanding an explanation for threatening 90s Kid. Holokara calmly explains that he just wanted to make it clear that he was tired of 90s Kid interrupting the reviews. Harvey says that Holokara could have killed 90s Kid, but Holokara seems unconcerned. Harvey thinks that Holokara is malfunctioning and demands that he come with him to Nimue so she can figure out what’s wrong. Holokara insists there’s nothing wrong with him and refuses to comply. Harvey pulls out a gun and fires on Holokara, but the bullets simply pass through him. Holokara punches Harvey hard, his fist phasing into him for a moment, knocking Harvey down.
"Harvey, please don’t get in my way," Holokara says calmly. "It’d be a shame if I had to crush your throat. I mean, how would you ever sing again?" Holokara chuckles and walks away.
Holokara has built a small, lightweight version of Pollo’s original body to act as a temporary body for Pollo while he finishes his other bodies. He explains that the Tom Servo body was never meant to house Pollo, and he’s already begun to notice memory fragmentation that shouldn’t be there. He transfers Pollo’s mind into the Travel Pollo body.
Later, Holokara tells 90s Kid that he doesn’t appreciate the way he pops up during reviews and interrupts the show, and asks him to stop. When 90s Kid starts to protest, Holokara suddenly phases his hand into 90s Kid’s chest.
"Stop interrupting," Holokara snarls, "or the next time you try, I won’t let go of your heart until it stops beating.”
He pulls his hand out and and leaves. 90s Kid collapses against the wall, visibly shaken.
The intro explains that Linkara is still on his journey to restore his magic. In anticipation for this, he’s filmed this episode in advance.
Linkara is tempted by Bennett the Sage (who claims to be the devil), Cloak 1, and Ask That Guy (who actually IS in league with the dark lord), each of them trying to get Linkara to sell his soul/show to make One More Day disappear forever. Linkara refuses, saying that while he hates One More Day, he doesn’t want it to disappear, he wants action to be taken by Marvel to get it fixed.