Babylon Rising, Chapter 36
I have decided that I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to the authors, and assume that they mean for Shane Barrington to be a complicated character. I will not assume they are simply screwing up and don’t know what they want Shane to be or do.
Because this chapter, in which Shane breaks the news of his son’s death to the press, is full of Shane Barrington Characterization Not That Badness.
Not that stupidity doesn’t abound…but more on that in a minute.
As Shane breaks the news of Arthur’s death (at the hands of kidnappers, anonymous “heinous criminals“), he tries to distract himself from his own memories of watching his son die.
Yet, he also wonders if he should “try to manufacture a tear.”
So, there’s Not That Badness.
There is also stupidity, as follows:
1. Shane has been given “curt instructions” from Talon as to the story he will tell. Part of this story is receiving Arthur’s “dead body, horribly mutilated,” back from the kidnappers. Seems to me that no matter how mutilated the body, an investigation and examination would reveal that Arthur did not die as Shane is relating. This seems a danagerous game for Shane/Talon/The Seven to be playing.
2. Other than making Shane’s role as International Billionaire/Media Mogul even more visible than it was before, what purpose does this stunt serve for Talon and The Seven? Why not manufacture a scenario where Arthur was killed by Evangelical Fanatics, not Faceless Criminals?
Not that we should be worried about The Seven’s priorities. They have another One-World Goverment-n-Religion Diabolical Plan: forge a connection between media tycoon Shane Barrington and Paul Wallach, a random, whiny college student.
So, as you can see, all is well with the plans for world domination…