However, it has to be admitted Amber was also a creature of somewhat untextured gesturalness, as well as negativity. True, his facial appearance benefited from good casting—Rutger Hauer in Hitcher mode. But this, too, was an issue in itself: for it hardly constituted original creation, did it? It was an off-the-peg JPEG, to be nakedly frank. A low-hanging marzipan fruit, sweet to taste but of little nutrition; a sample in a music track, dropped in with savvy and impeccable respect but also with a low-crouching modicum of laziness; or a pop-tart reaction of flashy derivation, but masquerading as ore that was hammered out from Jaymi’s deeps by the clinking of a cursor before being winched up, blinking, onto a screen of blank white.
Moreover, Jaymi’s full response to Bang Dead Games is not expressed in Amber alone. For greater balance, richness and truth, perhaps a more benign, more human, more humane creation is needed, so as to complement the first one’s harsh edges?
Hmm. Maybe Amber didn’t quite add up to the sermon on the mount, after all. Maybe he’s a rung upon a ladder.
So again, who will this second Beast be?
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