QUOTE (Winry Chan @ Jun 29 2010, 10:49 AM)
My point being that even though Father was a mass-murderer and power-hungry, there was more than that to his character.
You mean, that he was also a pathetic coward?
I'm not sure what I felt was exactly sympathy per se. Rather, I feel the scene provoked pity. Now it's our turn to look down on him, he is a being worth of loath and disgust... and he is very pitiful. Your comparison to a child feels pretty accurate; he is very selfish and childish in his ways of thinking, he only cares about himself, he'll do anything to get what he wants, and he doesn't care or even stops to think about others. But when put in front of parent/authoritative figure/someone bigger than himelf, and threatened with punishment, he is reduced to crying and begs for his own life, apologising for his deeds.
(Some violent people are like that; they gladly subject others to pain and suffering, but when they themselves are subjected to it, they break down and beg for mercy. Which annoys me. It's so selfish, and feels very hypocritic. Like they don't even realise what they've been doing to others all along, like they don't understand, until now (if they even do so). Very much like a child, before he/she learns. This may be because they're psychopaths who lack the ability to empathise with other people. But I believe some bullies and bad (or even evil) people are sometimes in fact really just big, egocentric children, who don't truly understand.
Some baddies can't
care, they don't have the capability to. Some baddies don't understand
. And some baddies just don't
care, even when fully sane. I think Father is a combination of all three, really. Since he isn't human, he doesn't look at things the same way most of us do. He doesn't have
any human compassion, he doesn't understand
it, and he doesn't want
Anyway, I didn't mind the way Father's "serving of justice" scene was handled. (By the way, it feels really odd calling him Father now that he is that black ball thing again, and espacially after his pathetic ending. I wonder what the homonculi, who obeyed him and respected him without question (except for Greed), would think of him if they saw him in this sorry state.) There wasn't really any specifically "sad" music if my memory serves me right? They used that wonders-and-mysteries-sounding piece that also played when the Ishvalans put all their transmutation points in place? I thought that was a nice choice. Father returning to his unknown origins; the lid that was once opened a long time ago and allowed the thing that that started it all to be born, is put back on, and the mysteries remain mysteries, the evidence erased from the world.
I could imagine that maybe in terms of getting full satisfaction out of seeing Father punished, desperately crying in fear, it could have worked even better with another track, or possibly withouout any music at all, during this scene. I like it how it is though.
EDIT: Okay, there was actually some sad music when Father was defeated, and when he was sucked into the Gate. But, maybe it isn't enirely unfitting. Evil is a really sad thing (cheesy line of the day).
And, I was reminded, I would have really liked Thrisha's Lullaby to play when Ed starts crying, rather than the song we got. We haven't heard the original verision of it since early in the series I believe, it would be nice to hear it again as things are concluding. No to mention, I think the song in use is the same one as when Envy dies, and really, this feels a bit undignifying to the series main protagonist, in a really emotional and gripping moment of his, sharing melody with one of the most gruesome and pathetic homunculi XP I hope we get to hear Trisha's Lullaby before the series is over, at least.