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I liked one of the theories on here saying that Baam could be testing the others to see how far they would go to climb the tower, since before they were "unqualified" to be his teammates. Now that Wangnan has essentially told Baam that he would give up on climbing the tower in order to avenge Nia, Baam may take more of a liking to him.
I still want Ghost Eyes, Anak, and the mighty lizardman back in the worst of ways but this new crew is solid.
- When Yeon attempted to stop him, he could've killed her, but he just "stopped" her instead.
- When this room-test began, he could've aimed for getting rid of the other regulars, but instead choose the most difficult path available (going for the ranker).
- Then there's also the fact that in the first test when he fought everyone, he could probably have killed them easily if he wanted to, but if anything, he was holding back.
I think if the prince is with the group, then he will be a comical figure most of the time and a selfproclaimed love-rival to Baam for the love of Yeon
- I think you'll have to look at another aspect of Baam which has changed - he seems more willing to seek out stronger opponents to fight, maybe he enjoys it or maybe it's simply to get stronger in order to climb the tower. In the first test he could have taken out the weaker regulars first but instead took on the two strongest on his own, and he also asked Rapdevil if they could have a fight sometime too. As Love himself said, he may lack skills and power but he has talent and the stronger the opponent is, the more he can grow. If he decided to kill all the regulars there, would he have been able to master love's techniques?
- I think you're overestimating Baam's current strength and underestimating the others. Fair enough Baam chose not to attack until later on, but that could have been because he wanted stronger opponents to go through the door. After he had two opponents he could have a proper fight with, I don't think he held back, remember that his power and skills are still lacking according to Love regardless of his monstrous talent.
About the new personality for Baam, in a way, I think he adopted it to go with his new powers. The old Baam didn't want to hurt others, and by shielding his emotions, it allows him to further his goal of pursuing Rachel; in fact, I think it's the only way he can survive at the moment. Perhaps he'll soften once the new group starts moving up floors, but I just don't like the direction in which ToG is going at the moment.
I've always questioned the wisdom of restarting part 2 by focusing on a whole new cast (It completely lost the momentum the story had going.) but for better or worse it's the way things are. And I'm reasonably happy with the new core group given how little time we've had with them. The only one of the apparent "keepers" that I have reservations about is Wangan. I don't think I'm nearly as invested in him as I'm supposed to be (I do not care about him..at all).
As long as he is unable to serve as that nucleus the general character dynamic just seems like a big mess. That's the part about this direction I have not liked. Baam as an irregular collecting an odd assortment of different people without even really meaning to is such a huge part of the appeal of Tower Of God and Baam, as a solitary member of the dark organization FUG, gained combat powers and stylishness at the cost of those peculiar qualities that made him so special. Baam was a little pebble that could start a rock slide. Viole so far has just been a larger rock with smaller implications.
I'm not at all happy with the direction part 2 has taken up to this point but I feel like Baam/Viole joining up with Wangan's crew is the first step in, what I consider to be, a more interesting direction; and hopefully recapturing a bit of what made part 1 so good.
Last edited by Jammin; June 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM.
We don't know whether any of the Rankers in the first season are connected with Grace, but I would think that they'd have to be. This seems to be part of the plot of our instant coffee freak, who we hopefully get to see again, and I'm curious to see how it'll connect around.
I think the only way to fix what we don't like about ToG is to have Baam's personality revert to the innocent Baam and bring back our season 1 characters, but it'll never happen like that. Baam can become a cross between uncaring hardass and naive youth, but it won't be the same.