Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:13 pm
Believe it or not I'm not always disagreeing with you just for the hell of it, honest! I just really hate case 5-5.
I think the Phantom was an insult of a villain, in all honesty. As Bad Player already pointed out, the psych profile wouldn't do much on its own, and if the police magically were beginning to close in, it'd be easy for him to literally change face.
The problem with the Phantom is that, in the end, we just took down a big unknown. We don't know his name, age, nationality or anything that would make him more sympathetic and memorable. He was just a lackey of (presumably) some government, and catching him didn't feel as satisfying as wiping the smug smile off of Kristoph's face. We defeated a blank slate, and chances are its going to remain blank forever.
Also he's by far the most incompetent final villain to date. Not only did he hand over unedited, incredibly revealing video footage of himself, but he also apparently faked his emotions whenever he talked to Athena before the trial, but stopped doing it when it mattered the most (which was revealed thanks to Athena's and Blackquill's amazing teamwork! Lucky they had such a close bond and interacted so often on screen...oh wait). And then there's the lighter, but you get what I mean. Argh, the more I think about this case the angrier I get.
Don't worry. I understand your problems with 5-5
I don't think the Phantom was an insult of a villain. He'd be my least favorite final boss if Quercus Alba didn't exist. With the psych profile, I think it was less of a means of protecting himself from getting arrested than protecting himself from getting killed. Psych profile is made, leads to new evidence, Phantom evades police, police run out of leads, police release a press story, other assassins that are better than the Phantom (and don't get bested in a fight by a little girl) get contracted to kill him. These assassins lurk in wait during a mission where there's a high probability he'll show up, like the HAT-2. I'm not making this up. It's clear the Phantom was afraid of the assassins and that was always his priority. During his breakdown, he even yells, "I know you're here!"
I understand your complaints about him being a blank slate. I didn't feel satisfied when I took him down even though he ruined the lives of Apollo, Athena, Simon, almost an entire courtroom full of people, and he started the Dark Age of the Law. Problem is that the Dark Age of the Law fell flat and Athena is a character that's been done before, so it's hard to get invested in that.
The Phantom wasn't the one who handed the video evidence over.
The Phantom is pretty incompetent and I don't really know what he was trying to accomplish with the lighter. At the end of the day, though, I'm fine with all of it. I know I complained a lot, but 5-5 is still one of my favorite cases (I know I said I like it better than 3-5 before, but that's not true. I said then because I had beaten 5-5 recently). I liked Phoenix and Apollo's mono y mono, I liked the mystery, and even though the Dark Age of the Law was a mess, I kind of liked the way they tied it in at the end. Also, I really like space :p
The thing is, all of the little stuff usually doesn't bother me unless it gets absolutely ridiculous, like 2-3. I don't think we should get into the issue of who had the videotape and all that again, but I was fine with it overall. I'm not trying to make excuses for the game and say, "It's okay to have lazy writing" because I'll always prefer one that's tightly written, but these little things don't drag the whole case down for me and I don't fixate on them. Same with Athena's character. I thought she was a pretty good character that was messily written and then turned into an ok character when she ate up the plot. That being said, the videotape contradiction could've easily be solved from the writers. They could've used video footage like Rise from the Ashes or TR and have a segment of the video missing like three seconds. Then, they could be like, "somebody edited this footage!"
Though, there's one other thing I want to bring up. In the Athena thread, I keep hearing that the relationship between Athena and Simon wasn't explored, Simon had no reason to do what he did, etc. I thought it was fairly simple
Athena: "Sh-Shame on you, Simon... for trying to throw your life away like that!"
Simon: "...It was never my intention to just throw my life away. But some things in this world are more important than your own life."
Athena: "Like what...?"
Simon: "My honor-bound duty to protect with my life... my mentor's most beloved treasure."
Phoenix: (That's some loyalty...this guy really is a samurai, through and through.)
I never got the impression that Simon grew to love Athena when she was little. I thought he deeply respected and cared for Metis and decided to not ruin her daughter's life by getting her thrown in a mental institution