The flaws with 'Done Running'
I'll start off by saying this was a fun episode. I don't excuse AJ for what he did because Marlon quite clearly gave up, and killing him will only make things worse. And to all those AJ supporters, would you have honestly done the same thing? It's survival, you've gotta do what you've gotta do to survive. If you want to be a martyr, then fine, but the point is you're dead. You wouldn't know if Minnie or Sophie could be alive. I could see that Marlon was haunted by his choice and it was eating him up inside. Although not everyone is fond of him, they can't do a better job or at the very least they don't bother to step up. So yes, they are counting on Marvin as leader. Hopefully AJ can get a good bum-slap in Episode 2. The fact that he doesn't listen to Clem's teachings is more than enough proof that he is disobedient and just downright rude. Clearly, he doesn't give a fuck about what Clem says. Choices don't matter here, he'll shoot although Marlon isn't a threat. Shitbird.
On to the problems.
1. When you select an item at the start (eg. Toy) the help message still displays on the screen. It only dissapears after 5 seconds. Come on QA.
There is clipping with some stuff and it's getting on my nerves.
Clem can say the word 'insinuating' and I'm finding it hard to believe she knows that word. I mean, who taught her that? Jane? Oh she died in my playthrough
How does Clem know that's a Bible page? She Christian? Eh, in my school I was never taught that but I could tell if it were from the Bible if I saw it, but whatever. Don't hate on me.
Brody = Jolene = crap character. At least make her a likeable character who doesn't moan so players feel legitimate remorse for her death.
Omar = generic Chef character. Clint's better than ya kid, come on writers! Let us actually talk to him, so he can share that his meals remind him of better times.
Probably the worst of all, how the heck did AJ shoot Marlon? Mar drops the gun, next to his foot, and AJ is on the right side of the dramatic rebellion closing in on Marlon. He's actually quite far back when you see the view, so he'd have to pass through some people, and this would obviously lead them to think something is going on. Then, G.I. AJ needs to sneakily sweep the weapon again, Clem not knowing?!, and then he stands back because IT LOOKS COOL CINEMATIX next to Rosie, all 10? students seeing him aiming a gun at Marlon, and then he fires. Take that writers, your story doesn't make any sense and is bullshit. Why did none of your playtesters tell you to patch up the scene so that AJ can actually do that realistically?
Louis. If Louis had been with Clem all this time he wouldn't be like that, which irritates me. Why is there just some sanctuary that hasn't had any major problems? They've had encounters with other people before but their biggest challenge has been the teachers leaving. Unrealistic, since all 20? teachers would've left. I understand Marlon's difficulties but I can't help but wonder that characters will go on an arc from the things they'd seen and it'd be a repeat of s1. And now when Clementine, the angel of death, comes everything goes wrong and the school gets raided. At least the New Frontier had some realism to it since they'd faced challenges in the past.
Angel of Death Clementine indirectly kills Brody. Shocker. (jk but I'm kinda right)
Marlon goes hunting by himself. Seriously Telltale?! I may be new to this school but I know that people never go alone, any they don't, as proven with the choice of who to go with. At least make Brody join Marlon in hunting to establish their relationship better. Actually, we don't know if that was what happened but it would be better if Brody said she came along with Marlon.
10.5. Why is Marlon outside the safe zone? All the budding theorists will tell me it's a Ben situation why he went alone, to check the perimiter or slip supplies or something. But the train station is well out of the safe zone, and 2, Marlon probs hasn't slipped any supplies. The last encounter was about a year ago!! If he'd been doing it all this time, then people would notice like how Lily notices the supplies had been dwindling. I know about the smoke but that's a bullshit excuse because like I said, through the map you can see that the station is too far from the safe zone. Not even Usain Bolt could go to the smoke! Perhaps if the station was kind of close to the zone but not excactly in it it'd make sense, but nooo Telltale didn't consider doing that when they created the map.
Why would the raiders want girls? Rape? It doesn't make sense, you'd think they'd ask for supplies, but nooo they asked for some under-age girls because they're pretty.
What is Tenn doing at the start? He want to kill her? Why would Marlon make a little kid who plays with fire-trucks search for Clem who is much older than him and could whoop his ass? Worst part, Marlon is following closely behind. There is actually no reason for Tenn to be acting this way. You could say he's testing Tenn but that's a longshot. I don't know why all the 100+ people working on the game let this slide with no explanation, let alone question the writers on why it's there, Tenn never says sorry or explains why he did it.
I noticed a Lord of The Flies reference on the walls. 'Piggy's dead, Simon's dead, Ralph's next' or something like that. Inspiration much? Jk lol.
The big problem. I don't like this season much because of how Clem is acting. She's such a badass, but don't say it girl! Badasses don't say they're badasses. This is on other scenes too. She can act like a kid now and it's just so strange. She's meant to be a mature kid, more mature than every single boarding schooler. And now she can do ninja poses and it doesn't look right. What happened to the S2 Clem who told Sarah to grow up? It's all so goofy and comical, but as expected of telltale. You can't say AJ has made her act like a kid because AJ is 'acting like an adult'. I prefer the Season 3 Clem because she's the actual one who I'm familiar with. The one who says 'Don't ignore me, I'm talking to you!' to Eli. As much as I hated Clem's personality in ANF, it doesn't mean she can just do ninja poses now. Perhaps the S2 Clem seemed more mature because she was always around adults and never kids her age so she had to abandon her S1 personality, but I really despise this. I get it, she's around kids now who act loose and childish, but it doesn't mean she can act like them. After all she's been through, her heart is a punching bag!
Deeper Critique - The Last Scene: I'll elaborate. The last scene is the worst scene. Why? Because it's like a play/theatre. When Clem gets out of the cellar, she strides in boldly, saying some cheesy line to Marlon. As she preaches, more and more kids get swayed and they open a path for her to argue, 'sure Clem, I'll move out the way so you can punch him'. It's some My Little Pony Equestria Grils Bullcrap. Then, Marlon pins the murder on her! The crowd gasps (even the children)!! Everyone is on the edge of their seat! Twilight Sparkle Clementine throws another harsh line, 'YOU SUCK AT PROTECTION!!' the crowd gasps! Whilst saying this, she puts her hand on her hip like a sassy Barbie doll, pointing fingers (ruuude!) at Marlon as they argue. With each line, the children look at Marlon or Clem, shocked at the revelations. Then, predictable Tenn speaks like a crybaby, ''waaah, you LIED Marwon!!'' and Marlon surrenders. But watch out, someone hasn't been watching or listening to his surrender. The audience yells 'HE'S BEHIND YOU!!' and before Marlon can turn, bang he's dead.
I thought the Lee vs. Andy fight was cheesy, but this melodramatic crap, this. Everything is so melodramatic and blatant, from Tenn crying to Brody's panic attack. Upon closer inspection, what seemed like an awesome episode is borderline ANF storytelling (not really, but it's somewhat close). Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it but I just wanted to bring to light some of the issues that people hadn't remarked. TT, can I be one of your playtesters?
On a happier note, unlike a lot of people I'm really invested in the AJ and Clem relationship. I can tell there will be discord between the characters (if there isn't then I'm done) and disagreement. Clem and Aj will have differing philosophies and thoughts, and Clem will have to decide how much her parenting is worth, and if it's worth the innocent lives of the School. She'll have to come to the harsh realization that AJ is a dickhead whose Dad is Carver, and she'll have to put him down before his rampant ferocity grows any stronger.
Good Job, Telltale. 7/10.