But to be fair, all things considered, thecandlewasters did a pretty good job of modernizing John’s motivations. Heaven knows they didn’t have much to work with, as his motivations sucked in the play, too. All Shakespeare really gave us was John himself, saying:
"it must not be denied that I am a plain-dealing villain."
That’s it. He does bad things because he’s a bad guy. He’s a bad guy because…uh…well, because he just is a bad guy. With this web series, though, that doesn’t really cut it. So instead, they pulled some stuff from the play to flesh John’s thought process out:
"I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace"
…and made it all about a hatred of Pedro. It doesn’t totally make sense - because the plan itself doesn’t really logically loop around to screw Pedro - but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief a little. Pretty good job, show. :)
"If you believe," he shouted to them, "clap your hands; don’t let Tink die." —Chapter 13, Peter Pan
Lovely to see that The Candle Wasters are continuing the fine Shakespearean tradition of making up new words.
WHAT HOW DID YOU PEOPLE GET HIS HEADSHOT I AM CONFUSED WHAT
I swear, I’m not stalking him! His headshot’s on his Twitter. Plus, a larger-than-avatar version comes up as a top image hit if you Google his name in quotes plus the word “actor”.
It was just startling, I’m sorry! We were both a bit like ‘whoa wtf this is insane’, but in a OMG-this-is-awesome way not a bad way. If only Cora were more quotable hahaha
Nuts, I should have put smileys in my last post or something, because on re-reading what I wrote, it sounds defensive rather than humourously reassuring, which was what I was actually going for. Whoops!
(Oh, written communication, you tricksy ambiguator of emotional tone…)
Anyway, all that to say…don’t apologise! :) I can totally see how that would be startling! Very sorry if I freaked anybody out. Glad it was OMG-awesome, though. Keeping my fingers crossed for more Cora quotables in future episodes!