Originally Posted by Josh Z
From what we've seen, the mesmerizing power of the flickering light only works when the subject is looking directly at it. Judd broke out of his trance as soon as Will stopped shining the flashlight in his face. Will had to turn it back on again to get Judd to hang himself. Likewise, the people in the movie theater (from the flashback) woke up after the movie was done playing.
True. Although I'll have to re-watch that hanging scene, for some reason I assumed Judd was busy with rope duties and not looking at the light when he hanged himself.
Still seems overpowered to me, but you are right, if he simply killed Keene there probably would be others waiting in the wings. But based on when he discovered this mesmerizing power, he had what, like 70 years or so to figure out who were members (easy to determine when you have a hypnosis flashlight), and simply 'remove' them. I suppose it's possible some escaped through the cracks (or in this case it'd be descendants), but you'd think he would have been able to stop them years ago with that kind of power.
As for Angela, yeah, I expect he wanted her to learn through her own free will. But that also required several coincidences, like her even finding the pills before Laurie or the cops, Angela not blabbing to the cops about him from the start, figuring out they were related without getting caught, Wade not turning her in earlier, and Laurie not arresting Angela in time, when, as a last resort, she gobbled down a bottle of pills. I guess we can add in her not dying from overdosing too.
Just seems a lot simpler if from their first meeting he said, "Hey, I'm your grandfather, here is a DNA sample, you won't believe my story, so here are some memory pills, please take one." And as a safeguard, use the magical flashlight if need be. It's a slightly easier route...
I think daryl zero hit upon the real issue I'm having. I'm simply not buying into the fantasy world. I have less invested in the story, don't really care about the characters a whole lot, so my suspension of disbelief meter has a low threshold. For Star Wars/Star Trek, I can let things pass simply due to being interested enough in the overall story. Or in Watchmen's case (the comic), I'm okay with the intrinsic field generator and squids, even though they are kind of ridiculous, because the rest of the story holds up.
For this show, I'm pretty bleh about it. Most of the plot seems to involve weird things occurring primarily for the sake of weirdness. I'm not buying into the story or world, so things like a magical flashlight, meta jokes, and courtroom piggies come across as stupid to me.